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Do I need planning permission for solar panels?

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Solar panel roof systems are classed as permitted development so you don’t need planning permission, although if you live in an area of outstanding natural beauty, National Park or Conservation Area, you should contact your local council for guidance.

Planning permission for roof mounted solar panels on a pitched roof

Planning permission is not required provided that:
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.

Planning permission for 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.
2. Panels do not exceed the boundary of the existing roof.
3. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site the panels must not be visible from a road.

 

Planning Permission for Commercial Solar Panels

Up until recently, planning permission was not required for domestic properties but was required for commercial properties such as offices, warehouses. As of 6th April 2012, this has been lifted. Commercial and agricultural properties no longer have to apply for planning permission to have a solar panel installation fitted. This applies to systems up to 50KWP for electricity and up to 45 kilowatts for thermal. If you have been put off by the long application process before or have previously been turned down for an installation, now is the time to act.

The only exception to this rule is if your commercial property is a listed building in which case planning permission will still be an issue. Also a ground mounted system that is less that 9m squared in area will no longer need planning permission. All you will need now is a District Network Operator permission / approval for the system to the national grid which usually is not difficult or time consuming to obtain. If you have any doubts at all, Tempo can assist along with your local planning authority will advise you as to whether you are allowed to have the system fitted or not. But thanks to these new changes, most properties will get the go ahead needed for your solar panel system.

Call  Tempo on 0800 152 2011 who will be happy to help.

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