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A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

If your property is in a conservation area then in some circumstances you may need additional consent to carry out works which involve demolition of a building or gates, fences, walls or railings. You can apply for consent for demolition in a conservation area online via the Planning Portal.

Find out more about consent for demolition in a conservation area (England)1 / (Wales)2 (PDF)

To find out if you live in a conservation area (and any policies or restrictions that may apply as a result) you will need to contact your local planning authority.

You can find contact details for your local planning authority on the Planning Portal: 

Find your Local Planning Authority
  1. https://ecab.planningportal.co.uk/uploads/1app/guidance/guidance_note-conservation_area_consent.pdf
  2. https://ecab.planningportal.co.uk/uploads/1app/guidance/guidance_note_wales_en-conservation_area_consent.pdf

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