Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historical interest. The Council designates these areas to ensure their character and appearance is preserved and enhanced.
There are eleven conservation areas in Aberdeen, from Union Street in the city centre to Footdee fishing village.
Additional planning controls are in place in conservation areas. You need planning permission before you can demolish or alter buildings, if the alterations would affect the character of the area. Trees in conservation areas are also protected.
Planning controls in conservation areas
If you live in a conservation area and plan to carry out work on your property (however minor), you should check with us whether you need:
- Planning permission
- Listed building consent
- Conservation area consent
- Advertisement consent
- A building warrant
You can also read our documents about issues that affect buildings in conservation areas:
For more information, see the Supplementary Guides and Technical Advice Notes page.
Conservation areas in Aberdeen
You can see a map of the conservation areas below. You can zoom in and out of the map using the plus and minus signs at the top left, or use the search box at the top right to find an address or postcode to check whether it is in a conservation area.
You can read more about each conservation area in the sections below.