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Conservation of the built environment

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Many of Cardiff’s important buildings, archaeological remains and open spaces are protected in order to preserve the city’s special character. 

Stacey Hall (Stacey Road, Adamsdown) Article 4 Direction - a direction has been issued to remove development rights for demolishing or painting this property. View the Stacey Hall direction​​.​

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​Conservation Areas

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Cardiff has 27 conservation areas (PDF 483 KB) that have been designated for their special architectural or historic interest. You can find out if a property is within a conservation area on a map.

There are national planning controls if your property is in a conservation area and guidance on these rules can be found on the Planning Portal.

Many areas also have Article 4 Directions, which give additional controls over various minor alterations, such as alterations to windows (PDF 866 KB).

View a list of joiners specialising in the repair and reproduction of traditional windows and doors.

If you are considering an alteration to your property and would like advice, you can​​​ sub​​​mit a pre-application enquiry.

Permission is also required for works to trees within conservation areas.

The documents linked below describe the character of each conservation area and provide information about the controls in place. 

Areas with controls in place
Conservation Area Ward Summary Leaflet Appraisal
Cardiff RoadLlandaff Leaflet (PDF 166 KB)
Appraisal (PDF 1.86 MB)
Cathays ParkCathaysn/a​
Appraisal (PDF 7.05 MB)
Cathedral RoadRiverside

Leaflet (PDF 184 KB)

Signs and Adverts Guide (668kb PDF)​

Appraisal (PDF 1.54 MB)
Charles StreetCathaysn/a Appraisal (PDF 7.05 MB)
Church RoadWhitchurch Leaflet (PDF 147 KB) Appraisal (PDF 1.20 MB)
Churchill WayCathaysn/a Appraisal (PDF 7.05 MB)
Conway RoadRiversiden/a
Appraisal (PDF 2.27 MB)
Craig y ParcPentrych Leaflet (PDF 136 KB) Appraisal (PDF 1.62 MB)
Gwaelod y GarthPentrych Leaflet (PDF 223 KB) Appraisal (PDF 2.73 MB)
Insole CourtLlandaff Insole Court Trust
Appraisal (PDF 6.34 MB)
MelingriffithWhitchurchn/a Appraisal (PDF 1.21 MB)
Mount Stuart SquareButetownn/a Appraisal (PDF 3.59 MB)
Oakfield StreetPlasnewydd Leaflet (PDF 154 KB)
Appraisal (PDF 1.7 MB)
Old St MellonsPontprennau and​ Old St. Mellons Leaflet (PDF 245 KB) Appraisal (PDF 2.34 MB)
PierheadButetown Leaflet (PDF 157 MB) Appraisal (PDF 1.66 MB)
Queen StreetCathaysn/a Appraisal (PDF 7.05 MB)
Rhiwbina Garden VillageRhiwbina Leaflet (PDF 326 KB) Appraisal (PDF 1.55 MB)
Roath Mill GardensPenylan Leaflet (PDF 149 KB) Appraisal (PDF 2.01 MB)
Roath ParkPlasnewydd / Penylan Leaflet (PDF 183 KB) Appraisal (PDF 2.54 MB)
Roath Park Lake and GardensCyncoed / Penylan Leaflet (PDF 140 KB) Appraisal (PDF 1.41 MB)
St CatwgsPentrych

Leaflet (PDF 178 KB)

Appraisal (PDF 2.91 MB)
St FagansSt Fagans Leaflet (PDF 184 KB)
Appraisal (PDF 4.72 MB)
St Mary StreetCathaysn/a Appraisal (PDF 3.33 MB)
TredegarvillePlasnewydd Leaflet (PDF 196 KB)​
Appraisal (PDF 1.34 MB)
Windsor PlaceCathaysn/a Appraisal (PDF 7.05 MB)
Wordsworth AvenuePlasnewydd Leaflet (PDF 211 KB) Appraisal (PDF 776 KB)​


Historic Parks and Gardens 

There are 18 parks and gardens in Cardiff that feature within the Cadw Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales. The statutory register provides information to help protect and conserve these special places, 12 of which are public parks. 

View Cardiff’s historic parks and gardens on the map.

Listed Buildings 

There are around 1,000 listed buildings in Cardiff. You can find out if a building is listed on a map.​

Buildings are given a listing by Cadw to ensure that their special architectural or historic interest is fully recognised in the planning system. Listed Building Consent (PDF 47 KB) is needed when a proposed alteration or extension affects the character of a listed building, or those in its curtilage. A Heritage Impact Statement ​is required for all Listed Building Consent applications. 

Remember: It is a criminal offence to carry out such works to a listed building without first acquiring the necessary Listed Building Consent. 

Cadw regularly survey the condition of listed buildings. Buildings at Risk (BAR) reports are available for assessments undertaken in 2011 (PDF 4.1 MB) and 2015 (1.3mb PDF)​​​​.

Locally Listed Buildings 

Around 300 buildings in Cardiff have been locally listed. The intention of this listing is for locally significant architectural or historic interest to be recognised within the planning system.

View locally listed buildings on the map​​​​​​​​​​.

Scheduled Monuments 

Cadw has scheduled 31 Scheduled Monuments (PDF 804 KB) in ​Cardiff, ranging from prehistoric archaeology to WWII defences. The locations can be viewed on a map.

It is an offence to carry out works at the site of a scheduled ancient monument without first obtaining the necessary Sched​uled Ancient Monument consent from Cadw. 

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