Conservation area guidelines

Conservation Areas are designated areas, rather than individual buildings, that have a special character that the council wants to preserve and enhance. Trees, buildings and land have special protection in these areas.

There are 58 Conservation Areas in Tower Hamlets, each with an up to date Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan.

Special rules apply in Conservation Areas that aim to preserve or enhance their particular character.

Please view the interactive online map of the borough’s conservation areas.

To demolish a building in a conservation area, you usually need special permission called conservation area consent. You can apply by completing a conservation area consent application form.

Further information and application forms are available from the planning department or download a leaflet on Conservation areas and listed buildings (pdf 896k).

Maps of existing conservation areas are also available for inspection by contacting the duty officer at the the planning offices which show all aspects of conservation in colour-coded form, or via our online maps.

You can also phone the planning hotline on 020 7364 5009 to  find out if a particular location is within a conservation area.

Adopted character appraisals and management guidelines

View Adopted Character Appraisals and Management Guidelines for the borough's Conservation Areas.


See a detailed guide to trees in conservation areas

For more information please contact:

Planning Department
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 5009

Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday - except public holidays.
Public Transport: Buses 277, D6,15,115
Tube/DLR: East India Dock or Blackwall Stations

Location map for Planning Office (pdf,1.29mb)