Conservation areas and listed buildings


If you want to make changes to a listed building or within a conservation area, there are certain planning rules you'll need to follow.

We want to conserve, protect and promote Waltham Forest's historic buildings.

Conservation areas Click to get info

We designate conservation areas to recognise and protect special architectural and historic interest.

To check if your property is within a conservation area please check the maps below.

External changes to properties within these areas are likely to require planning permission, and will be expected to preserve or enhance the character of the area.

Please consult the appraisal management plans (below).

If you need further guidance, please contact us at the address/ email at the bottom of this page.

Article 4 directions for conservation areas

Article 4 Directions that remove permitted development rights are in place for most of the borough’s conservation areas.

Please see our Article 4 Directions web page for more information.

'Listed buildings' are buildings, objects and structures designated by the Government on the advice of Historic England, for architectural and historic interest on a national scale.

You can find a full list of listed buildings in Waltham Forest on the Historic England website.

Any change to a listed building that would affect its character will require either planning permission or listed building consent, or both.

You can apply to us for planning permission and listed building consent.

Locally listed buildings Click to get info

We keep a list of locally significant buildings, which we review periodically. These buildings must be conserved and enhanced in ways appropriate to their significance.

Current list of locally significant buildings (PDF 272KB) 

To suggest an amendment to the local list please email us at

We have one designated Area of Special Character, which covers the Highams Park Estate.

Unlike a conservation area, no permitted development rights have been removed from properties within Highams Park Estate. However, we will look favourably on planning applications that respect and enhance its significance.

Highams Area of Special Character information leaflet (PDF 1.8MB) 

Contact Click to get info

Ron Presswell (Manager)  or Mike Fox (Conservation Officer)

Design and Conservation
The Magistrates
Town Hall Complex
Forest Road
London E17 4JF

Telephone: 020 8496 3000