Conservation areas

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

You can see the different conservation areas of Bristol on the Know Your Place website.  You can also call us on 0117 922 3000 or email

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.

See a list of all current character appraisals

Conservation area policy

The protection and enhancement of conservation areas is controlled by national policy:

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.