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Birmingham City Council

Conservation Areas

Overview

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Giving an area Conservation Area status helps us to safeguard its special character for future generations. There are currently 30 Conservation Areas in Birmingham. These areas are varied in character but all contain buildings, structures or features of historic or architectural value which combine to create a unique environment - a record of our past.

The City's Conservation Areas range from the Jewellery Quarter, which contains Europe's largest and best surviving group of Victorian and early 20th century buildings devoted to the manufacture of jewellery and similar small goods, to the internationally acclaimed Bournville Village, which dates from the late 19th century.

Put your post code into My Local Information and if you live in a Conservation Area, its name will be listed.

Find out more about our other Heritage Assets in the leaflet below.

Essential Information
  • We have a duty to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of each Conservation Area, under planning laws and our own policies. While we are ultimately responsible for deciding whether an area should be given Conservation Area status, the decision is only taken after extensive research and consultation with people living and owning property in the area.

  • We have powers under planning law to help us:

    • Control development
    • Control demolition
    • Protect trees
    • Control advertisements
    • Carry out urgent work necessary to preserve any vacant unlisted building that has fallen into serious disrepair, and to recover costs from the owner.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • Any changes you make to a property through repairs, maintenance or alterations, should be in keeping with the character of both the building and the area. You should take care to match original materials and methods of construction and avoid damaging or removing features of historic or architectural value.Planning permission may be required for these works including any demolition.

    • Trees within a Conservation Area are automatically protected from being cut down or having work done to them without permission from us. This is because trees can contribute significantly to the special character of a Conservation Area.

      If you want to carry out work to a tree or remove a tree in a Conservation Area you must give us 6 weeks notice and fill in the Tree Works Consent Form.

    • If we are notified we will have to investigate why the tree was removed and if its removal is not justified we may prosecute the person who removed it.

    • Regrettably at this time no grants are available specifically for heritage works, however we would recommend that you also visit the English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund web sites.

      We are committed to investigating and applying for applying for grant schemes towards the repair and restoration of the historic environment. This page will be updated if any new grant scheme is introduced.

    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.

      Service Specific Enquiry
Attachments
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