Conservation areas in Watford
Conservation areas are places of special architectural or historic interest.
If you want to develop or alter property in a conservation area, then extra planning laws may apply.
Find if the property is in a conservation area
You can find if a property is in a conservation area using a postcode search.
Article 4 directions
If there's an Article 4 direction on a property or area, this means the usual permitted development rights have been removed.
You may need to apply for permission to do development work.
Minor development in a conservation area
If you live in a conservation area, you must get planning permission before making changes that are normally be permitted development.
Find information about making changes to a listed building or a house in conservation area on Historic England's website.
Care, repair and upgrading windows in a conservation area or listed building.
Draught-proofing windows and doors in a conservation area or listed building.
Secondary glazing for windows in a conservation area or listed building.
Locally and nationally listed buildings will need planning permission.
You must give notice to do work to trees over a certain size in a conservation area.
Read more information about Tree Preservation Orders and trees in Watford
Demolition in a conservation area
Most buildings or structures in a conservation area may not be demolished, either completely or in part, without the council's consent in writing.
There are exceptions, so you should contact the council to check before doing any work.