Solar energy is a rapidly growing industry, and the benefits of installing solar panels are now widely accepted. As a consequence of rising energy prices, many people are interested in installing solar panels on their properties in order to save money.
Most people do not need to apply for planning permission in order to install solar panels due to permitted development rights. However exceptions apply, so it is important to understand the regulations around planning permission for solar panels in the UK.
In this article, we will discuss whether planning permission is needed for solar panel installations and the installation of solar panels on both residential and commercial properties.
The majority of residential properties in the UK can have solar panels installed without the need for planning permission. This is because the UK Government has introduced legislation that allows for the installation of solar panels on roofs without planning permission under permitted development.
The conditions for installing solar panels on residential properties are:
It is important to note that if you live in a listed building, you will require listed building consent to install a solar system.
This is because listed buildings are subject to strict planning regulations to protect their historic and architectural importance.
Similarly, if you live in a conservation area, you may also require planning permission. Conservation areas are special areas in the UK that have been identified as having unique architectural or historic value.
Some examples of conservation areas in the UK where planning permission may be needed for solar panels include the city centres of Bath, Edinburgh, York, Oxford, and Cambridge. These areas are all known for their historic architecture and are popular tourist destinations.
If you live in a conservation area and are considering moving to solar energy, it’s advisable to contact your local planning authority for advice.
If you are considering installing a solar panel system on the roof surface a commercial property, you may require planning permission as commercial properties are subject to different planning regulations than residential properties.
The regulations for installing solar systems on commercial properties are:
It is important to note that planning permission may be required for the installation of solar panels on some commercial properties, and it is advisable to consult with your local planning authority before installation.
Most residential properties in the UK can have solar panels installed without the need for planning permission as they are usually considered permitted development. However, if you live in a listed building or conservation area, you may need planning permission.
Similarly, commercial properties are subject to different permitted development conditions and may require planning permission for the installation of solar panels.
In 99% of cases, no planning permission is required for solar panels, however it is important that you do your own research into the specific permissions which may or may not be required for your individual property.
By following these guidelines, you can install solar panels on your property and take advantage of reduced energy bills and all the other benefits of renewable energy.
In most cases, you don’t need planning permission for solar panels, however if you are one of the rare cases where you do, it’s important to understand the process for applying. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you understand the planning consent process:
The first step in applying for planning permission is to contact your local planning authority. You can find the contact details for your local authority on the Planning Portal website. They will be able to provide you with advice on whether planning permission is required for your solar panel installation and guide you through the application process.
Once you have determined that planning permission is required, you will need to gather information about your proposed pv panel installation. This may include the size and location of the solar panels mounted, any impact they may have on the surrounding environment, and any safety measures that will be put in place. Structural safety and electrical safety is always paramount.
The next step is to submit your planning application. You can do this online via the Planning Portal website, or by submitting a paper application to your local planning authority. Your application will need to include detailed solar installation plans and drawings of your proposed solar panel setup, as well as any supporting documents or reports required by your local planning authority.
After you have submitted your planning application, your local authority will review your proposal and make a decision. This usually takes up to eight weeks, although more complex applications can take longer. During this time, your local planning authority may consult with other stakeholders, such as neighbouring property owners or environmental agencies, to gather feedback on your proposal.
Once a decision has been made, you will receive a written notification from the local planning office. If your application is approved, you can go ahead with the installation of your solar panels. If it is rejected, you have the right to appeal the decision.
It’s important to note that the planning permission process for commercial properties can be more complex than for domestic premises. If you are unsure about any aspect of the process, our expert team are ready to help.