It’s important to check if your building is listed or in a conservation area as there will be more limitations attached.
Listed buildings are of special architectural or historic interest and are protected for future generations. They’re listed in their entirety, so even minor works, such as external painting, will need planning permission.
For more information on listed buildings view our listed buildings in Medway - guide for owners and occupiers.
A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest or might add to the character of an area. Conservation areas are protected and some areas have more planning requirements called Article 4 directions, these apply to all or part of the conservation area.
Works in conservation areas
Buildings in conservation areas need planning consent before they are demolished or partly demolished. New developments must be in keeping with or enhance the character and appearance of an area.
To make changes to a building in a conservation area, you must:
- get planning permission to alter or change doors, windows and walls, and make minor changes such as external painting
- give us 6 weeks written notice if you want to prune or fell a tree in a conservation area
- check if permission is needed to put up signs or satellite dishes
Conservation area design guides
As there are guidelines to altering, restoring or extending existing buildings in conservation areas, we have design guides to help you with your works to protected areas or buildings.
Conservation areas appraisals
Conservation area appraisals are documents that explain the architectural and historical qualities of each conservation area. These appraisals help us to judge if a new development will preserve and enhance the conservation area.
Article 4 Directions
If your planning proposals affect a listed building or a building in a conservation area, there are likely to be Article 4 Directions attached to your permissions.