Conservation areas are areas of land that have been designated as being of special architectural or historic interest. They form an important physical record of the architectural development and historical growth of an area.
What does conservation area designation mean?
Conservation area designation is a means of recognising the importance of the quality of an area as a whole.
Areas can vary in character, form and size, from a small group of buildings to a major part of town, but designation means that all of that area is worthy of protection as an area of special value and interest.
Conservation areas usually contain buildings which are protected but this is not a requirement of designation.
Making changes in a conservation area
Conservation areas are not designated to stop future development. Instead designation helps to ensure that new buildings fit in with the existing special character of the area.
They also help to ensure that features contributing to the special character of the area are retained, such as architectural details, walls and railings, street furniture (benches, street lamps etc) and trees.
Planning permission is normally required for alterations or development within a conservation area. For more information on what needs permission go to 'Conservation Advice & Guidance' or contact the Environment Department.
Identifying Guernsey's conservation areas
You can identify conservation areas on the Environment Department's websearch for the Urban and Rural Area Plans.
Reporting suspected unauthorised demolition or works in conservation area
There is a presumption against the demolition of any building, structure or feature that makes a positive contribution to character in a conservation area. If you suspect that unauthorised works are being carried out, please report this to us immediately by calling 01481 717200.