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Do I need Planning Permission for Solar Panels?


Planning permission for solar panels is not usually necessary, however, in some cases you will need planning permission for your solar panels. It is usually best to check with your individual Local Authority, but the following provides a general guide.

Generally, you do not need planning permission for solar panels installed on a wall provided that:

  • The highest part of the solar panel(s) is not higher than the highest part of the original roof
  • The highest part of the solar panel(s) does not exceed 4 metres in height, within 2 metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the house
  • The solar panel(s) does not project closer to a highway than the original house unless there would be 20 metres between it and the highway

For roof installations, you do not need planning permission for solar panels provided that:

  • No part of the solar panel(s) exceeds the highest part of the roof of the original house
  • Where installed on a roof slope fronting a highway, the solar panel(s) would not materially extend beyond the plane of the roof

You will need to apply for planning permission for solar panels if you cannot comply with the above points.

If you live in a Conservation Area, you will probably need to apply for planning permission for solar panels.

Additionally, if your proposal affects a Listed Building, you will need to apply for planning permission for solar panels before you install the solar panel(s).

Planning permission for solar panels may also be necessary depending on the type of installation you are proposing. If you are intending to have solar panels mounted on a flat roof or on directly on land, then you will require planning permission for solar panels.

For more information on installing solar panels, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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