Are you thinking of investing in artificial grass, but live in a conservation area?

If so, you’ll know that you have to tread carefully with home improvements. After all, you wouldn’t want your investment to go to waste, and have to be removed.

As an artificial grass specialist, I get approached by concerned homeowners asking about this rather a lot, which is why I thought it’s best to write this blog post and raise some awareness. After all, we want everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of artificial grass. Without any costly mistakes!

So, let’s take a closer look at legislation about laying artificial grass in conservation areas, below.

Can artificial grass be installed in conservation areas?

The short answer is yes; but always check with your local council first. This is because there have been occasions in the past where planning permission for artificial grass has been refused.

As the homeowner, the responsibility falls on you to acquire planning permission if you do live within a conservation area. Not your chosen artificial grass installer or specialist.

It’s also worth noting here that the average household install won’t require planning permission. This only applies to conservation areas.

How to check if you’re in a conservation area

If you’ve carried out work on your home previously, you’ll probably already know if you live in a conservation area.

However, what if you’re not sure? Then it’s definitely worth finding out BEFORE you invest in artificial grass. This government page will allow you to find out if you live in a conservation area, so you can decide what to do next.

Edinburgh Council also have a very handy map right here, for people who live in the Edinburgh area.

Advice from an artificial grass specialist

I would say that due to artificial grass becoming more popular now, legislation about laying artificial grass will be getting tighter. That’s why it’s now included in the list of things you’d need to check in regards to whether planning permission is required. Your local council will be able to advise.

Always do this before contacting an installer if possible, to avoid disappointment. However, like I said, this doesn’t apply to most average (non-conservation area) households, who don’t currently require planning permission.

Finally, don’t forget to do your research before choosing a company to install artificial grass. Check their credentials, reviews, social media and websites – and always get two or three fixed-price, detailed quotes!


I hope you’ve found this blog helpful. When it comes to legislation about laying artificial grass, always check with your local council if you live in a conservation area. It’s likely you may need planning permission before you can go ahead with your installation.

Remember, it’s your responsibility to check whether planning permission is required. Not your chosen installer’s! Saying that, if they’ve already installed artificial grass in your area, they may already know the situation – or at least previous council decisions.

Do you have any other questions about installing artificial grass in conservation areas? Let me know in the comments. I promise to reply!


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