Solar panels and equipment installed on homes/buildings/land can be considered “permitted development,” requiring no planning permission from the local planning authority. But some significant limitations and requirements must be satisfied to take advantage of these approved development rights. If you have queries about planning permission for solar panels in the UK, you should consult with your local planning authorities to check if all the restrictions and requirements are met.

These regulations are in place to decrease the chance that your solar array may become a problem or a potential risk in the future. Let us have a look at those rules!

Exceptions for Planning Permission for Solar Panels

First, we need to classify what does not fall under approved development. The following are the exceptions:

  • Your home is a listed structure.
  • It is located in a conservation area.
  • Your roof is unable to carry the additional weight.
    Planning permission for solar panels may be granted in these exceptional situations; however, it is at the responsibility of your Local Planning Authority and your MCS-Certified Installer.

    Rules for Installing Solar Panels

    Other factors can also prevent solar panels from fitting into the approved development category. The following conditions must be met to avoid the need for planning approval and the possibility of having them removed after installation!

  • Solar panels must not be erected near the highest point on your roof, except chimneys.
  • Solar panels must not protrude over 200 mm from the roof edge.
  • Solar panels must not detract from the external appearance of your home or the surrounding area.The final regulation is a little hazy. We can take it as another deliberate feature of the government’s goal to encourage more people to be solar. That is why the UK government is providing enough flexibility, so solar panel installation does not require planning clearance in most cases.
    In a nutshell, you will be alright if you don’t destroy your home’s architectural or aesthetic worth or its surroundings.

    Conditions to Observe while Installing Solar Panels in the UK

    A few additional conditions apply to solar panels, which must be followed!

  •  Equipment on a building should be placed so that it has the least possible impact on the building’s outward appearance and the area’s convenience
  •  When there is no requirement for equipment, it should be removed as soon as possible.
  • The system must not be taller than 4 meters and must not cover more than 9 square meters.

    For Standalone Solar Panels:

    Permitted Development applies to the first solo solar PV plant. Any extra units will need to be approved by the city.

    The Bottom Line!

    Solar power systems are one of the most extensively used renewable energy sources since they are directly obtained from the sun. Moreover, solar panels aid in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.
    The UK government encourages the installation of solar panels in whatever way feasible, including removing the requirement for planning permission for solar panels.

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