Planning Portal

Home Owners: Heat Pumps

A ground or water source heat pump

Planning permission is not required provided that:
1. No part of the pump or its housing which is within 3 metres of the boundary of the house exceeds 4 metres in height.
2. No part of the pump or its housing is closer to a road than the part of the house nearest the road.
3. The heat pump is not situated within an area of special scientific interest or a site of archaeological interest.
Note: The primary purpose of such equipment must be to provide heat or energy for a domestic supply. Equipment must be removed as soon as reasonably practicable when no longer in use.
If you live in a house which is a listed building, it is likely that you will need Listed Building Consent for any building operations. If the development is within the curtilage of a listed building you may need to submit a planning application for the work unless listed building consent has already been granted. Your local planning office will be able to advise you.

An air source heat pump

Planning permission is not required provided that:
1. There is only one air source heat pump within the boundary of the property.
2. No part of the pump is within 30 metres of a house (other than the house on which the pump is being installed).
3. No part of the pump is in front of the principal or side elevation of the original house that faces onto a road
4. No part of the pump’s external unit exceeds 2 metres in height.
5. The pump is not installed on a roof.
6. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site no part of the pump faces onto and is visible from a road.  
Note: The primary purpose of such equipment must be to provide heat or energy for a domestic supply. Equipment must be removed as soon as reasonably practicable when no longer in use.
If you live in a house which is a listed building, it is likely that you will need Listed Building Consent for any building operations. If the development is within the curtilage of a listed building you may need to submit a planning application for the work unless listed building consent has already been granted. Your local planning office will be able to advise you.
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