Planning permission for solar panels.

Generally, (your solar panel installer will be able to advise you further), you won’t need planning permission for solar panels on the roof of your property, providing they don’t extend beyond the original plane of the roof or exceed the height of the original roof at it’s highest point.

But what if you live in a conservation area?

You’ll have to apply for planning permission, but providing the panels aren’t visible from the main highway or thoroughfare and don’t extend beyond the original plane of the roof, you shouldn’t have too many problems.

Many councils are committed to increasing the usage of renewables and cutting CO2 targets. So if your original application is turned down, it may be worth appealing against the decision.

The appeal process can be lengthy but ultimately rewarding if your application is upheld.

If your property is a listed building, then you’ll also need listed buildings consent, which is usually based on whether the panels are detrimental to the appearance or character of the property.

Solar Panel Quoter can help by not only providing you with an instant online installation quote, but also by recommending local installation companies that will have an in-depth knowledge of the areas particular planning issues, and if necessary, be able to help you with your planning application.

*This article first appeared in our weekly homeowner newsletter dated 23 May 2011. Click here to read the full newsletter.

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