In case you are looking forward to establishing a new solar panel, you are very likely in doubt whether planning permission is required in this case or not. This article will make you figure out the ins and outs of planning permission. And of course, you can always approach the local authority promptly if any sort of doubt appears in our mind.
Planning permission for solar panel installation
In the majority of instances, solar planning permission is not necessary at all due to the fact that solar panels fall under ‘permitted development’. But there exist some rules and limitations regarding installation of solar panels which you must respect. For any kind of doubt, do not hesitate to knock the door of the local authority.
Domestic housing rules for solar panels
As far as you are sure to keep in mind the following points, you should be good when it comes to installation of solar panels:
- You must install the panels in such a way that the overall external appearance of the building is not greatly altered or influenced
- If, for some reason, you think that the solar panels are not needed anymore for micro-generation, you should have those removed
- The panels must not exceed the highest point of the roof; besides, the maximum extent of extend of the panels is 200mm from the slope of the roof
- You will need to stay away from solar panels if you stay in a listed building or within its grounds
- If you live in an area of conservation or World Heritage Site, the solar panels need not be installed in any wall facing a highway
Installation rules for stand-alone panels
Normally, if solar panels are stand-alone, planning permission is not required. However, in this case too, there are particular rules to be followed:
- You must install the panels by minimizing all kinds of effects on a building
- The moment you do not need the panels, you have to remove them
- The first stand-alone installation is the only one that does not require permission; any subsequent establishment will attract permission need
- The length of the stand-alone solar panel has to be less than 4 metres
- At the very least, the establishment needs to be 5m from your property boundary
- 9 square metres is the maximum overall size allowed
Additionally, you will need to remember the following two points as well:
- The regulations mentioned above are true for houses as well as buildings made up of flats
- In case you hold lease, you must obtain proper permission from the landlord, company or freeholder (whoever is responsible in your case)
Construction regulations for solar panels
It is very much likely that you will not need any permission regarding solar panel installation. However, you must ensure that you follow all the above guidelines given, such as keeping the height of the panels in check and maintaining proper distances, in order to avoid any kind of future trouble from the local authorities as much as possible.