Conservation and Historic Environment

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St Albans District has a rich heritage of historic buildings and areas.  Many of these structures are protected by being listed buildings. There are also several scheduled ancient monuments within the District.

St Albans conservation area

Where the Council seeks to preserve the distinctive character and appearance of an area, it designates a conservation area.  There are currently 19 throughout the District and these are protected through tighter planning controls, and various Article 4 Directions within these conservation areas give additional protection from unsympathetic change. 

Protection also extends to trees in conservation areas and advice from the Trees and Woodlands Officer should be sought before carrying out any work.  Conservation areas may also coincide with areas of archaeological interest.

If you have any queries, please use the pre-application informal information and advice facility.


St Albans District Council provides a number of services relating to the preservation and management of the District’s rich historic environment. Within these services archaeology is covered by nationally and locally designated areas of archaeological significance as defined in the St Albans District Local Plan Review (November 1994) under Policies 109, 110 and 111.

In addition, undesignated areas/sites and heritage assets may have archaeological interest as described by the National Planning Policy Framework (Annex 2). Therefore, when dealing with a site that includes or has the potential to include heritage assets, a planning application should be accompanied by a Heritage Statement with Impact Assessment (National Planning Policy Framework, Section 12, Paragraph 128, Page 30).

More information is available from the District Archaeologist at and the Council's Archaeology Strategy.

Date of last review: 28 April 2017