Scarborough Sandside and Quay Street – Restriction on Painting of Buildings

The Borough Council has introduced special rules, known as an Article 4 Direction in the area of Sandside and Quay Street, Scarborough.

The effect of the Direction is that Planning Permission is needed for a change in the colour of any building within the designated area. The reason for introducing this is that the Borough Council considers the colour of buildings in this area is critical in order to achieve a more sophisticated image and to preserve and enhance its historical character. Developing a more sophisticated image will help in the regeneration of the area.

If you wish to change the colour of your building you will need to apply for Planning Permission.

Changing the colour of the building includes changes to the masonry, shop fronts, doors and windows. In order to help property owners develop appropriate colour schemes, the following palette of colours is recommended by the Borough Council.

The colours are taken from the British standard 4800 range – you should quote the reference number rather than the colour name since different manufacturers chose different names for their colours.


Masonry paints should be smooth (not textured) with a flat matt finish – gloss masonry finishes are not appropriate in Conservation Areas. On a historic building such as a Listed Building the paint should be breathable.

Features such as string courses, architraves and copings may be picked out in different colours which should be chosen to provide a subtle contrast. 

BS Number Colour
08B15 Magnolia
08B17 Vellum
10B15 Gardenia
08C31 Buttermilk
10C31 Cream

Shop fronts and panelled doors

Traditionally panelled doors and shop fronts were carried out in rich, full bodied colours. The following are particularly suitable for these locations.

BS Number Colour
00A13 Condor Grey
10A11 Storm Grey
08B25 Beaver
08B29 Peat
10B15 Conservation White
10B25 Lizard
12B25 Alpine Green
12B29 Amazon
18B29 Graphite
06C39 Bronze
08C39 Saddle
10C30 Bulrush
12C39 Olive
14C39 Empire Green
18C39 Azure
20C40 Midnight Blue
04D45 Cherry
00E53 Black

Windows and door frames

Should be painted in off white. In some 19th century buildings the sash box was picked out in a darker colour – this should be chosen from the list of colours for panelled doors.

BS Number Colour
10B15 Conservation White