Solar Panel Planning Permission
Planning permission is no longer needed to install solar PV systems on non-domestic buildings. The new rules also allow small ground-mounted systems to go ahead without a planning application.
Certain conditions must be met:
- A roof-mounted solar system must not protrude more than 200mm from the roof/wall surface it is mounted on. There is an exception to this where the system is on a flat roof, when the solar PV must be less than 1m in height above the highest part of the flat roof excluding any chimneys.
- A roof-mounted solar installation must also be more than 1m away from the external edge of the roof or the joint of the wall that it is on. If the system is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty or land with similar restrictions, the solar modules cannot be on a roof slope or wall fronting the highway.
- Planning permission is required if the solar PV system is on a listed building, a building within the curtilage of a listed building, or a site designated as a scheduled ancient monument.
- Solar equipment should be sited so as to minimise its effect on the external appearance of the building.
- Solar equipment should be sited so as to minimise its effect on the amenity of the area.
- Solar equipment no longer needed must be removed as soon as reasonably practicable.