If you want to carry out building work in a conservation area, certain permitted development rights do not apply and you will need to apply for planning permission.

Residential building works in conservation areas

If the property is in a conservation area, you will need to apply for planning permission for these works (this is not a definitive list and there may be other restrictions to those listed below):

  • cladding of any part of the exterior of a house
  • side extensions
  • extensions of more than one storey which extend beyond the back wall of the original house
  • additions or alterations to the roof of a house
  • installation of a chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe on a wall or a roof which fronts the road and forms either the principal elevation or side elevation of the house
  • installation of an antenna on a chimney, wall or roof slope which faces onto, and is visible, from a road or on a building which exceeds 15 metres in height
  • having renewable energy equipment on the building and in the curtilage of a building
  • demolishing a boundary wall or an unlisted building which is more than 115m3.

For outbuildings and structures within the residential curtilage, you will need to apply for planning permission if the proposed work is situated between a side elevation of the house and the curtilage boundary.

Commercial building works in conservation areas

For commercial buildings in conservation areas, you will need to apply for planning permission for:

  • having renewable energy equipment on the building and in the curtilage of a building
  • smaller extensions which don't normally need planning permission
  • alterations to the external appearance of a commercial building
  • demolishing a boundary wall or an unlisted building which is more than 115m3.

This is not a definitive list, and there may be other restrictions to those listed above.

Planning applications in conservation areas

All planning applications within a conservation area also need to meet additional requirements as set out in the:

Trees in conservation areas

Additional controls apply to trees within conservation areas. Please view our Trees with TPOs and trees in conservation areas page if your proposed development may affect a tree.

Check location of conservation areas

Go to Waverley Planning Maps. Once you are in the system, you can search by address and turn on the historic environment layer (on the left hand side of the screen).

Useful links

Conservation areas

Do you need planning permission? Find out more about Waverley's permitted development rights.

Planning Portal

Submit a planning application - requirements and forms.

Trees with TPOs and trees in conservation areas.

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