Conservation areas

What is a conservation area?

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

Land and property within a conservation area may have extra planning controls to protect the character of the area. You must get consent from us for the demolition of any building or structure in a conservation area.

We must also receive six weeks’ notice before works are carried out to any tree in a conservation area.

Am I in a conservation area?

Use our interactive map to find out whether your building or street is in a conservation area.

How do I apply for consent?

Go to the Planning Portal to download the application form and guidance information.

Conservation area character appraisals

Character Appraisals are a record of positive/negative features which contribute towards an area's character. We are carrying out a review of Bristol's 33 conservation areas. This is through the production of a Character Appraisal and set of management proposals for each area.

More information

Read frequently asked questions about conservation areas (pdf, 359k) (opens new window) or contact us.