Caring for Your House

Back Door

Port Sunlight’s back doors contribute to the character of the village, and the original doors, if carefully maintained, could last for hundreds of years. If there is a problem, PSVT would always recommend repairing an original door rather than replacing it.

Replacing a back door will require Listed Building Consent from Wirral Council and permission from PSVT. PSVT and Wirral Council adopted the Port Sunlight Local Listed Building Consent Order (LLBCO) to clarify and streamline Consent to replace rear doors.

If your existing back door is severely deteriorated or inappropriate, you can replace the door with one of the five designs specified in the LLBCO. For full details about the LLBCO notice process and the design and specification for replacement doors visit.

To keep your doors in tip-top condition:

  • Prevent wood rot in your doors by checking them regularly. Signs to watch out for are soft, brittle or crumbly wood; insects in the wood; cracked or flaking paint. In case of wood rot, contact a joiner. If there is any standing water around the door, you will need to deal with the problem to prevent further damage.
  • If your door is draughty or sticking, a qualified joiner will be able to fit draught-proofing to an original door, or adjust it if it has warped.
  • Dealing with deterioration in the paint finish can be a DIY job. Remember to check the right paint colour and finish for your door in the Schedule of Paint Colours.

For more detailed information about looking after your doors, and gaining consent to replace a door, download our Exterior Doors Information Sheet.