Planning Portal

Home owners: Solar Panels

Roof mounted solar panels on a pitched roof

(see illustration 1 below)
Planning permission is not required provided that:
1. No part of the panel exceeds the highest part of the roof.
2. No part of the panel protrudes more than 20 centimetres beyond the plane of a roof slope facing onto and visible from a road.
3. Panels do not exceed the boundary of the existing roof.
4. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site the roof slope on which the panels are fitted must not face onto and be visible from a road.

Roof mounted solar panels on a flat roof

Planning permission is not required provided that:
1. Panels do not extend more than 1.5 metres above the plane of the roof.
2. Panels do not exceed the boundary of the existing roof.
3. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site the panels must not be visible from a road.

Wall mounted solar panels

Planning permission is not required provided that:
1. Any part of the panel which is higher than 4 metres and closer than 3 metres to the property boundary does not protrude more than 20 centimetres from the plane of the wall.
2. Panels do not exceed the boundary of the wall.
3. No part of the solar panel installed on a wall of a chimney is higher than the highest part of the roof.
4. If you live in a house within a conservation area or World Heritage Site the wall must not face onto and be visible from a road.

Free-standing solar equipment

Planning permission is not required provided that:
1. There is only one freestanding solar panel installation within the boundary of the house.
2. The area of the free-standing solar panel does not exceed 14 square metres.
3. No part of the panel exceeds 2 metres in height.
4. No part of the panel is closer to a road than the part of the house nearest the road.
Note: The primary purpose of solar equipment must be to provide heat or energy for a domestic property. Equipment must be removed as soon as reasonably practicable when no longer in use.
Illustration 1: Roof solar panel facing onto and visible from a road
Illustration 1
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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