Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas have special architectural or historic interest and we want to protect or enhance their appearance or character.

Additional planning controls apply in conservation areas. If you want to do work to a building in a conservation area and are unsure if you need consent, please contact us.

The Highland Council, working in partnership with Inverness City Heritage Trust, has created a free to download guide to help promote essential, regular inspection and maintenance of all traditional buildings.  The guide can be accessed via the link below:

Traditional Building Maintenance Guide

Further information can be found at a guide to conservation areas in Scotland

Historic windows and doors

Planning Guidance for Listed Buildings and Unlisted Buildings in Conservation Areas

This guidance will be of relevance if you live in a Listed Building or Conservation Area and are considering altering or replacing your existing windows or doors.

Shopfront design guide

Planning guidance for shopfront design

This guidance has been produced to promote high quality design standards for shopfronts and is aimed at encouraging developers and applicants to consider design matters at the earliest stage of their proposals.