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March 22, 2018
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Do You Need Planning Permission for Solar Panels?

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Roof mounted solar panels on a pitched roof

Planning permission is not required if:

  1. No part of the panel exceeds the highest part of the roof.
  2. No part of the panel protrudes more than 20 centimetres beyond the plane of a roof slope facing onto and visible from a road.
  3. Panels do not exceed the boundary of the existing roof.
  4. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site the roof slope on which the panels are fitted must not face onto and be visible from a road.

Roof mounted solar panels on a flat roof

Planning permission is not required provided that:

  1. Panels do not extend more than 1.5 metres above the plane of the roof.
  1. Panels do not exceed the boundary of the existing roof
  1. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site the panels must not be visible from a road.

Wall mounted solar panels

Planning permission is not required provided that:

  1. Any part of the panel which is higher than 4 metres and closer than 3 metres to the property boundary does not protrude more than 20 centimetres from the plane of the wall.
  1. Panels do not exceed the boundary of the wall.
  1. No part of the solar panel installed on a wall of a chimney is higher than the highest part of the roof.
  1. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site the wall must not face onto and be visible from a road.

 

If you live in a house which is a listed building, it is likely that you will need Listed Building Consent for any building operations. If the development is within the curtilage of a listed building you may need to submit a planning application for the work unless listed building consent has already been granted. Your local planning office will be able to advise you.

Source: Government Planning Portal

 

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