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Do I need planning permission to put solar panels on my roof?

Planning permission is not normally required for the installation of solar panels on the roof of a dwelling provided that:

  • They are sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise the effect on the external appearance of the building and the amenity of the area, and
  • The panels are not installed above the highest part of the roof (excluding the chimney) and should project no more than 200mm from the roof slope or wall surface.
  • The panels are not being installed on a building that is within the grounds of a listed building or on a site designated as a scheduled monument.
  • If your property is in a conservation area, or in a World Heritage Site, the panels are not to be fitted to a wall which fronts a highway.
  • The panels are removed as soon as reasonably practicable when they are no longer needed.