Find out about conservation areas and what you need to do if you want to develop property within one.
There are 33 conservation areas in Bristol. Conservation areas have a special character and appearance and we aim to preserve or enhance them. A conservation area might have:
- historic road patterns, plots and boundaries
- characteristic building materials and construction techniques
- historic building uses
- green spaces
- trees and street furniture
- distinctive views
Find out if you’re in a conservation area
Planning permission in conservation areas
Conservation areas have stricter planning controls than other places, so you might need to get permission before you carry out any type of development.
Find out more about planning permission in conservation areas.
Conservation area character appraisals
We carry out character appraisals of areas to help us understand their history and what makes them special.
Conservation area policy
The protection and enhancement of conservation areas is controlled by national policy:
- the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990
- section 12 of the National Planning Policy Framework contains information on conservation
In Bristol, conservation is controlled by policies in the Bristol Local Plan. Policies B13 and B22 in the Built Environment chapter contain information on our core strategies.