Conservation areas

Camden has a total of 39 conservation areas covering 11km2 (approximately 50 per cent of the borough). The information below will help you understand what conservation areas are, where they are found within the borough and what implications their designation has on carrying out work on properties located within such areas.

What are conservation areas?

Conservation areas are areas of land that have been designated as being of special architectural or historic interest. 

Conservation area designation is a means of recognising the importance of the quality of the area as a whole, as well as protecting individual buildings and trees which are considered to make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the area. Conservation areas are not designated to stop future development, but to ensure that new buildings fit in with the existing special character of the area.

Conservation areas in Camden

Do I need permission to carry out work on a property in a conservation area?

Conservation areas are not designated to stop future development. However, if you want to make alterations to a property located in a conservation area, you will typically need to obtain our permission first. Where you intend to demolish a property or structure, you may need to apply for planning permission.

For further guidance about whether planning permission is required for a variety of common building work projects, please visit the do I need planning permission section of our website.

Can I report unauthorised demolition or work on a property in conservation area?

Demolition of a property in a conservation area without our prior consent is a criminal offence. If you believe that a property, or part of a property, is being demolished or altered without our permission, please report this to us immediately

Who represents our conservation areas?

Conservation Area Advisory Committees (CAACs) are groups of local residents and businesses as well as representatives of local historical, civic and amenity societies. In some cases, representatives of national amenity societies are also members of Camden CAACs. Due to their local knowledge, these committees are a valuable source of local advice on planning and conservation issues. We consult them on applications that may affect the character or appearance of a conservation area and on the formulation of conservation and design policies throughout the borough.

Who can I contact to find out more?

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