Conservation areas

There are 56 conservation areas in Westminster. They are designated by us for their 'special architectural and historic interest.'

Within conservation areas, certain additional planning controls apply. You will need to apply for planning permission for demolition and for some alterations or extensions that don't need permission outside a conservation area. For more information, see permitted developments rights

You must give us 6 weeks notice before any work is carried out to prune or fell a tree in a conservation area. For more information, please see here

Find out if you are in a conservation area:

The conservation area online map can be used to see what areas are affected.

A downloaded map of the areas can also be viewed here

Conservation area audits

We prepare studies known as conservation area audits which provide a description of the special qualities, character and appearance of each conservation area. Audits are adopted either as Supplementary Planning Documents or Supplementary Planning Guidance

A list adopted and draft audits, including any currently open to public consultations is available here.