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In many cases installing solar panels on domestic land is likely to be considered 'permitted development' with no need to apply to the council for planning permission. There are, however, important limits and conditions which must be met to benefit from the permitted development rights (see below).

You may wish to discuss with the local planning authority for your area whether all of the limits and conditions will be met.

Solar panels mounted on a house or on a building within the grounds of a house

All the following conditions must be observed:


All the following limits must be met:


Wall mounted only - if your property is in a conservation area, or in a World Heritage Site, panels must not be fitted to a wall which fronts a highway.


Stand alone solar panels installations (panels not on a building)

All the following conditions must be observed:


All the following limits must be met:


Note - permitted development rights for solar panels are available for both single houses and buildings which consist wholly of flats.


Building Regulations

If you wish to install a solar panel on your roof building regulations will normally apply.

The ability of the existing roof to carry the load (weight) of the panel will need to be checked and proven. Some strengthening work may be needed.

Building regulations also apply to other aspects of the work such as electrical installation. It is advisable to contact an installer who can provide the necessary advice.

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