Solar PV and Planning Permission

When is Solar PV a Permitted Development?

A solar photovoltaic array is normally considered a permitted development, as long as certain criteria are met which are detailed below.

Solar PV fixed to your home, or another building within your grounds must meet the following criteria:

  • The panels need to be sited as far as is practical to minimise the effect on the external appearance of the building.
  • As soon as you stop using the Photovoltaic cells for power, then need to be removed as soon as practically possible.
  • The panels should not be installed any higher than the highest point of your roof (excluding the chimney).
  • They should project no more than 200mm off the edge of the roof.
  • Panels cannot be sited on the roof of a building within the grounds of a listed building.
  • If you live in a conservation area / world heritage site, you are not allowed to position the panels on a wall that would make them visible from a highway.

Solar PV not fixed to your home or roof, but situated somewhere on your land must follow the following criteria:

  • The panels need to be sited as far as is practical to minimise the effect on the amenity of the area.
  • As soon as you stop using the Photovoltaic cells for power, then need to be removed as soon as practically possible.
  • Only the first stand alone Solar PV installation will fall under the ‘permitted development rights’ ruling, any additional panels will need planning permission
  • No part of the installation can be over 4m and the array may not exceed 9m2
  • The installation needs to be at least 5m from the boundary of your property.
  • If you live in a conservation area / world heritage site, the closest part of the array needs to be further away from any highways than the closest part of the house.

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