Conservation areas are designated to safeguard areas of special architectural and historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. There are 26 conservation areas in the City of London within which there are special planning controls which need to be considered when undertaking development.
Download the conservation areas map (3.9MB) to see if your building is in a conservation area.
Use the City of London Interactive Map to find the area boundaries and the listed buildings within each conservation area.
Conservation areas: a general introduction to their character
The Conservation Areas in the City of London: A General Introduction to their Character (3.2MB) forms the introduction and background to the character of the City’s conservation areas. It identifies the factors central to the qualities and identity of the environment of the City of London. The general introduction is complemented by a series of character summaries and management strategies which you will find on the individual conservation area pages.
Individual conservation areas
There is a programme of writing a character summary and management strategy Supplementary Planning Document for each conservation area. The character summary and management strategy SPD provides an understanding of the significance of each conservation area by identifying and analysing its principal characteristics. It gives detailed guidance on the City's planning policies and is drawn up in consultation with the public and issued in draft for comment before it is finalised and adopted.
Use the left hand links to find information on individual conservation areas. The number beside each one identifies its position on the conservation area map (3.9MB)
Conservation area consultations
If an SPD is being prepared for a conservation area you will find the documents and details of how to submit your comments on the individual conservation area page.
See also planning contacts and planning applications