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Planning Permission


In many cases installing solar panels on domestic land is likely to be considered 'permitted development' with no need to apply to the council for planning permission. There are, however, important limits and conditions which must be met to benefit from the permitted development rights. 




Solar panels mounted on a house or on a building within the grounds of a house

All the following conditions must be observed:

  • Panels on a building should be sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise the effect on the external appearance of the building and the amenity of the area.

  • When no longer needed for microgeneration panels should be removed as soon as reasonably practicable.

All the following limits must be met:

  • Panels should not be installed above the highest part of the roof (excluding the chimney) and should project no more than 200mm from the roof slope or wall surface.

  • The panels must not be installed on a building that is within the grounds of a listed building.

  • The panels must not be installed on a site designated as a scheduled monument.

  • Wall mounted only - if your property is in a conservation area, or in a World Heritage Site, panels must not be fitted to a wall which fronts a highway.


For further information please call: 01282 451428 

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