Do I need Planning permission for Solar Panels?

Solar Panels Installed in Worthing West SussexIn most cases, the answer will be NO, but there are some conditions that need to be met, so as to comply with permitted development rights and Building Regulations.

The rules are also different for domestic and commercial installations, so let’s look at them separately.

Domestic Solar PV installations.

As long as you do not have a listed building and are not in a conservation area, you do not need to apply for planning permission, as long as your proposed installation meets the following requirements. This is known as ‘Permitted Development rights’.

Permitted Development rights - Solar Panel Installation requirements
  1. The Solar panels do to project more than 200mm from the plane of the roof, or the highest part of the roof (not including any chimney)
  2. Building regulations are met regarding electrical safety.

It’s as simple as that. If you have a competent installer like Energy Creation Experts they will automatically design the system within Building Regulations, meeting the standards required relating to Electrical regulations and roof loading.

If you have an old roof, of traditional construction, you should be advised to consider a structural survey on the roof, as a well installed Solar PV system is securely fixed back to the structure.
For full details of the planning regulations follow this link.

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/solarpanels/

Solar PV mounted on the groundNon domestic Solar PV Installations

Non domestic covers any Solar PV installation not on a dwelling, including a ground mounted system in the garden of a dwelling.

In the same way as Domestic, it is covered under ‘Permitted Development rights’ as long as the following guidelines are adhered to.

  1. The Solar panels do to project more than 200mm from the plane of the roof , or the highest part of the roof (not including any chimney)
  2. If installed on a flat roof, the height of the panels does not exceed 1m above the highest part of the roof, excluding the chimney.
  3. The panels must not be installed within 1m of the perimeter of the roof.
  4. Panels cannot be installed on a listed building or any property attached to ‘designated land’. (You will know if you have designated land under article 2 (3)
  5. You cannot exceed 1 megawatt under permitted development on any rooftop installation.

Stand-alone Solar PV in the grounds of a Non Domestic building.

Only the first Standalone installation can be carried out under permitted development and it must comply with the following.

  1. The installation should not exceed 4m in height.
  2. The installation must be at least 5m from the boundary of the property
  3. Size of the array must be no more than 9m2 or 3m x 3m.
  4. Panels cannot be installed on a listed building or any property attached to ‘designated land’. (You will know if you have designated land under article 2 (3)

For full details of the planning regulations, follow this link.

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/solarnd/

 

 

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