Planning Permnission

All The Following Conditions Must Be Observed:

  • Equipment 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 equipment should be removed as soon as reasonably practicable.
  • If solar equipment is to be installed on a flat roof or on land then the developer must apply to the local planning authority for prior approval.

All The Following Limits Must Be Met:

  • On a pitched roof, 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.
  • On a flat roof the highest part of the solar PV equipment cannot be more than 600mm higher than the highest part of the roof (excluding chimney).
  • The panels must not be installed on a building that is within the grounds of a listed building or on a site designated as a scheduled monument.
  • 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.

Application Process (If Required):

  1. Submit an Application: Complete the necessary forms, which can usually be found on your local council’s website.
  2. Documentation: Provide detailed plans of the proposed installation, including site location, design, and impact assessments.
  3. Fees: Pay the applicable fee for processing your application.
  4. Waiting Period: After submission, there is typically a decision period of 8 weeks.
  5. Approval/Denial: If approved, you can proceed with installation. If denied, you may need to revise your plans or appeal the decision.

Tips for a Smooth Approval:

  • Consult Professionals: Engage with a certified solar panel installer who can provide expert advice and ensure compliance with all regulations.
  • Research Local Policies: Understanding your local area’s specific guidelines can prevent delays and complications.
  • Documentation: Ensure all documents and plans are thorough and accurate to avoid rejection or requests for additional information.
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