Planning permission and building regulations
Planning permission exists to control development of the character and amenity of an area. It is particularly important for listed buildings and properties in:
- conservation areas
- National Parks
- an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads
- any other local/national designation.
Although planning law is changing in relation to micro-generation technologies, which includes solar energy, it’s wise to check with your local planning office about any necessary planning permission and/or building regulations approval before starting work.
Most importantly, each area of the UK has its own rules and their respective planning portals have a wealth of information that is accessible from these links:
NB 1 Being granted any necessary planning permission is not the same as ensuring that your work complies with buildings regulations, or vice versa; the two matters are entirely separate and each must be addressed in its own right.
NB2 If you know, or suspect, that your home may be a bat roost – or if it provides a refuge for any other protected species – before doing anything in connection with your solar energy installation, you must get appropriate regional advice:
In addition, it’s sensible to talk to your neighbours as soon as possible in case your proposals will adversely affect them. Discussing any concerns early on will make life much easier, especially if planning permission is required, in which case the local council’s planning team will make them aware of your intentions anyway.