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Conservation Areas

The borough has 39 Conservation Areas. These cover many parts of Guildford town centre and many of the rural villages.

A Conservation Area usually has the following:

  • buildings of high architectural quality
  • an interesting and attractive layout
  • an interesting or important social history.

If you want to check if an address is in a Conservation Area, you can use My Guildford. Enter the postcode of the address you want to search for and look under the Planning section.

You can also view an interactive map of all of the Conservation Areas.

Planning controls on dwellings in Conservation Areas

Properties in Conservation Areas have additional planning controls. They do not benefit from some classes of permitted development.  For more information, please see the Planning Portal.

Application forms for the above are available by visiting our planning application forms and fees.

Article 4 Direction

If a property in a Conservation Area is covered by Article 4 Direction then extra planning controls will apply. The Directions remove permitted development rights for certain properties. This means even minor changes will need planning permission.

Conservation Area Character Appraisals

We are carrying out a programme of Conservation Area Character Appraisals in order to analyse and describe the character and appearance of each Conservation Area.

Demolishing a structure or building in a Conservation Area

The demolition of a building may need planning permission. Demolishing a building in a Conservation Area without permission could be a criminal offence.  Before demolishing any building or structure in a Conservation Area you should contact planningenquiries@guildford.gov.uk

To apply for permission to demolish a building or structure, please see our planning application forms and fees


Trees often make a valuable contribution to the character of Conservation Areas. We have special powers to protect trees within our borough by making 'Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)'. Special provisions also apply to trees in designated Conservation Areas. The purpose of TPOs is to protect trees that make a significant impact on their local surroundings.

Conservation Area Character Appraisals

We are carrying out a programme of Conservation Area Character Appraisals.

Article 4 Direction

Article 4 Direction applies to certain properties within Conservation Areas.