In most cases, fitting solar panels to your home would be considered a 'permitted development' so generally you won't have to apply for planning permission.
Here are a few rules you have to abide by in order for the development to be permitted:
- Your solar panels should not go above the ridgeline and should sit no higher than 200mm from the roof or wall surface.
- It's likely that, if you live in a listed building, you'll have to apply for planning permission .
- Again if you live in a conservation area or a World Heritage site, planning permission will be required in certain circumstances so check with your local council.
The information contained within this article is strictly for guidance only. Rated People recommends that you always check current sources of information in case regulations have changed. Rated People cannot accept any liability for miscommunication of the law in the case of a change in regulation or any action done to a property based on the information held in this article. Rated People © 2011.
Bear in mind that:
All solar panels should be sited in order to minimise the effect of your home's appearance and they need to be as sympathetic as much as possible to the amenity of an area as well. Once you no longer have a need for solar panels for micro-generation you should remove them as soon as possible.