The following is from the Government’s own planning advisory site, go here to see the original page:
and if you live in a Conservation Area, please also click here to see our guide to Conservation Areas please note that special rules apply to Listed Buildings, however the Planning Authority are ‘strongly’ advised to consider renewable proposals favourably.
In many cases fixing solar panels to the roof of a single dwelling house is likely to be considered ‘permitted development’ under planning law with no need to apply for planning permission.
There are, however, important exceptions and provisos which must be observed.
These permitted development rights apply to houses. If you live in a flat and are considering fitting solar panels you are advised to contact your LPA for guidance.
All solar installations are subject to the following conditions:
- Panels on a building should be sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise the effect on the appearance of the building.
- They should be sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise the effect on the amenity of the area.
- When no longer needed for microgeneration they should be removed as soon as possible.
Roof and Wall Mounted Solar Panels
The following limits apply to roof and wall mounted solar panels:
- Panels should not be installed above the ridgeline and should project no more than 200mm from the roof or wall surface.
- If your property is a listed building installation is likely to require an application for listed building consent, even where planning permission is not needed.
- Wall mounted only – if your property is in a conservation area, or in a World Heritage Site, planning consent is required when panels are to be fitted on the principal or side elevation walls and they are visible from the highway. If panels are to be fitted to a building in your garden or grounds they should not be visible from the highway.
Standalone Solar Panels
The following limits apply to standalone solar panels:
- Should be no higher than four metres
- Should be at least 5m from boundaries
- Size of array is limited to 9 sq m or 3m wide and 3m deep
- Should not be installed within boundary of a listed building
- In the case of land in a conservation area or in a World Heritage Site it should not be visible from the highway.
- Only one stand alone solar installation is permitted.
If you wish to install a solar panel on your roof building regulations will normally apply.
The ability of the existing roof to carry the load (weight) of the panel will need to be checked and proven. Some strengthening work may be needed.
Building regulations also apply to other aspects of the work such as electrical installation. It is advisable to contact an installer who can provide the necessary advice.
This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information. Read the full disclaimer here.
This guidance relates to the planning regime for England. Policy in Wales may differ. If in doubt contact your Local Planning Authority.
and if you live in a conservation Area, please also click here to see our guide to Conservation Areas