In England and Wales, an amenity society is an organisation which monitors planning and development in a conservation area or other sensitive area.

National amenity societies

National amenity societies preserve historic art and architecture and operate at a national level. In England, the six principal societies are statutory consultees on alterations to listed buildings, and by law must be notified of any work to a listed building which involves any element of demolition.[1] These societies are:

In addition to the above societies, the Garden History Society is a statutory consultee in relation to planning proposals likely to affect registered historic parks and gardens.[2]

Local amenity societies

City of Westminster

In the City of Westminster, amenity societies are statutory consultees on planning matters including planning and listed building applications within their area.[3] Recognised amenity societies in Westminster include the Marylebone Association, Westminster Society, and Residents Society of Mayfair and St James’s.


  1. ^ Department for Communities and Local Government (24 March 2015), Arrangements for handling heritage applications Direction 2015, www.gov.uk, retrieved 5 August 2015 
  2. ^ "Schedule 4 (s)", The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015, www.legislation.gov.uk, 18 March 2015, retrieved 5 August 2015 
  3. ^ Westminster City Council Cabinet Member Report - Review of Amenity Societies and Payment of Grant, 2008. http://www3.westminster.gov.uk/newcsu/Cabinet%20Member%20Decisions/Built_Environment/2008/22%20-%20Review%20of%20Amenity%20Societies/Review%20of%20Amenity%20Societies%20(2).doc