Conservation areas are designated by the planning authority - in this case Aberdeen City Council - as being areas of special architectural or historical interest, which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.
Most of the city's conservation areas have additional planning controls (Article 4 Directions) to ensure that the special character of the area is preserved and enhanced. Conservation areas are designated and have statutory protection under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas)(Scotland) Act 1997.
There are currently eleven conservation areas in Aberdeen ranging from Union Street in the city centre to fishing villages. In conservation areas there are additional controls over demolition or alterations to buildings and planning permission is required if such alterations are considered to affect the character of the area. Trees in conservation areas are also protected.
Aberdeen City Heritage Trust makes available a limited number of discretionary grants for the external repair of historic buildings in Aberdeen's conservation areas: