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Apply for planning permission in a conservation area

If you're planning to make changes to your property and it's in a conservation area, you may need to apply for planning permission.

Apply for planning permission in a conservation area

You can apply for planning permission in a conservation area online.

Please ensure you've all the necessary supporting information before you apply. Find out what you need to submit with your application.

Apply for planning permission in a conservation area

List of conservation areas in Rochdale borough

There are many conservation areas in the borough of Rochdale. A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historical interest that it's desirable to protect or enhance.

Work which requires planning permission

Work which usually requires planning permission includes:

  • The demolition or substantial demolition of a building
  • The demolition of the whole or any part of any gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure where it's:
    • over 1 metre high next to a public open space or highway, including a public footpath or bridleway
    • over 2 metres high elsewhere
  • The installation of chimneys and flues that face or are visible from the highway
  • The installation of microwave antennas and other telecommunications equipment including satellite dishes on walls, roof slopes and chimneys that face and can be seen from highways
  • The conversion of agricultural buildings to residential buildings
  • The temporary use of buildings or land for film-making purposes
  • Installation of microgeneration equipment, including solar panels either on buildings or stand alone, air source heat pumps and wind turbines
  • Advertisements
  • Alterations and extensions to commercial, retail, educational and hospital buildings
  • Work to any tree when the tree has a trunk of more than 7.5 centimetres in diameter measured 1.5 metres from the ground. This includes cutting them down or pruning

If you're unsure whether you need planning permission email

How your application is assessed

Your application will be assessed on a number of criteria, including:

  • The understanding and appreciation of local style and materials shown in the design.
  • The impact of the proposal on the special architectural and historic character of the conservation area.
  • Design quality. Applications for modern designs and approaches may be supported where a high quality contemporary design respects and enhances the character of the conservation area.

Site visits for planning permission applications

If a site visit is required:

  • We'll ask you if anyone on the site has tested positive for COVID-19, has symptoms or is self-isolating. If this is the case, we won't visit.
  • We'll contact you or your agent to let you know what day we'll visit your site. Unfortunately, we can't give you a specific time as our planning officers visit several sites every day.
  • Please stay indoors during the site visit but leave any gates unlocked so the planning officer has full external access without having to knock on your door. If you live in a terraced house, the officer will, if possible, gain access from the rear.
  • Please don't talk to the planning officer during your site visit unless it's essential. If it is essential, you should follow social distancing guidelines at all times.


0300 303 8873

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Development Management
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

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