The conservation service advises Development Management on planning applications affecting listed buildings, conservation areas and their professional advisors.

Advice is also given to owners who live in listed buildings or within conservation areas on aspects such as building construction or use of suitable materials.

Applications are assessed alongside the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, historic environment policies within the National Planning Policy Framework and saved Local Plan, and national guidance in the Planning Practice Guidance, and from Historic England and other specialist bodies.

Conservation Areas

Information on conservation areas: areas of 'special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.'

Listed Buildings

Information on listed buildings: buildings, objects or structures that are on the statutory 'list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest'.

Conservation Query Form

The Conservation query form (pdf 106kb) is for general conservation queries relating to listed buildings, conservation areas and the historic environment. The completed form can be emailed to

We will try to respond to your query as soon as possible, but please allow 30 days before chasing up a query.

For urgent Building Conservation enquiries please contact 01785 619337.

Should your query relate to a current planning application or listed building consent application please contact the allocated case officer for that application and do not use this form. For all other general planning queries please email or call 01785 619337.

The guidance note HEAG304 Listed Building Consent ( may also help for listed building queries.


Information on Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas.


Staffordshire County Council's Historic Environment Team is responsible for matters relating to archaeology (Staffordshire County Council), and maintain the County's Historic Environment Record.

Useful information relating to building conservation

National links


The following organisations provide guidance on the conservation of specific ages or types of building.

Local links

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