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Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

The historic environment of West Lothian plays an important part in the quality and character of the area.

Our historic environment includes unique listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments, archaeology and designed gardens and landscapes. The protection and enhancement of the historic environment is important in order to enable all of us, as well as future generations, to value and enjoy. The council is responsible for designating conservation areas. If you live in a conservation area you will need planning permission for most external extensions and alteration to your home. The Government agency Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings and maintaining the records of the country's listed buildings. You can check whether your home is listed on the Historic Environment Scotland website.

  • Conservation areas

    Conservation areas have a special architectural or historic character which make them worthy of protection.

  • Listed buildings

    Listed buildings are buildings of special architectural or historic interest and are subject to special controls.

  • Scheduled monuments

    A scheduled monument is a monument of national importance that has legal protection under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.