Conservation areas

Conservation areas in our borough

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is an area of enormous architectural significance and interest. Over 70 per cent of the borough is protected by 35 conservation areas.

Planning permission in conservation areas

Being in a conservation area doesn't mean that you can't make any changes to your property. It just means that we need tighter controls on what change is allowed. For example, there are restrictions on permitted development rights for single dwelling houses in conservation areas compared to other areas.

Search for properties in conservation areas.

Permitted development rights

You don't always need planning permission for a development if the works can be carried out using permitted development rights. These are set nationally by the Government and not by local councils.

Find out if you can carry out permitted development works by using the interactive house tool on the Government's Planning Portal.

Find out more

Read our useful guides about development control and find out more about conservation areas in our conservation area proposal statements.