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Conservation areas

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" (Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990).

We designate conservation areas within the borough through extensive research and consultation with residents and property owners in the area. We make sure alterations and new buildings preserve or enhance the conservation area's character.

Current conservation areas

There are currently 18 conservation areas across the borough. We are always interested in identifying other locations that merit conservation area status, and in revising the coverage of the conservation areas that already exist.

Document accessibility

Some of these files may not be suitable if you use assistive technology. If you need a version of a document in a more accessible format, please contact us. We can either provide you with an accessible version, or (in the case of maps and drawings) talk to you to explain the contents.

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Carrying out works in conservation areas

Before starting any works

You need to get planning permission before carrying out certain works in conservation areas. This is in addition to the things for which you already need to obtain planning permission, listed building and conservation area consent.

Contact us before carrying out any works. 

Demolition of buildings

You need our permission for demolition of any building within a conservation area.


You must give us six weeks' notice of your intention to fell or do other work on a tree in a conservation area.

Article 4 Directions

Some areas and buildings and have extra protection from Article 4 Directions. Find out more about Article 4 Directions in Walsall.