Designated to conserve the character or appearance of those parts of the built environment which are of special historic or architectural interest.
The district has many attractive villages and other areas of special architectural or historic interest.
North Dorset has 48 conservation areas and over 2500 listed buildings.
Purbeck currently has 25 Conservation Areas
West Dorset District Council designated conservation areas.
There are 15 conservation areas in Weymouth and Portland, including most of Weymouth Town Centre.