Domestic alarm systems are a great way to keep your property safe and to deter burglars. There are several different types of alarm system available to protect your home. For example, there are audible only systems which only make a noise when the alarm goes off. There are also more sophisticated systems which automatically contact response centres.
Alarm systems will generally not need planning permission. You won’t need to apply for planning permission to fit most small security and smoke alarms. But extra restrictions may apply if you want a bigger security alarm system. They can also apply if you’re in a listed building or conservation area.
What is planning permission?
Planning permission is a system that’s enforced by local authorities across the UK. For some kinds of building work, you have to apply for permission from the authority. This system allows local authorities to control the building work that’s done in their area. By doing this, the authority can make sure that work is safe. They also check that building work has been planned and designed properly.
Planning permission for alarms
You can install most alarm systems without applying for planning permission. You can install a wired or wireless alarm system on your property, along with sensors and alarm boxes. Make sure your installation complies with part P of the building regulations. You may need planning permission if your alarm system includes security lights. Security lights can cause a privacy issue or be disruptive to neighbours.
If you live in a listed building or conservation area, it’s more complicated. You’ll need to apply for listed building consent or planning permission to install an alarm system. This process works differently in different areas. Local authorities may have varying attitudes towards security systems. For more information about your area, speak to your local authority.
Be careful that your alarm system doesn’t trigger frequent false alarms. Regular nuisance alarms can be a public nuisance or an environmental health issue. This noise pollution can be a problem if neighbours or members of the public complain. Properly fitted and tested alarm systems will not cause frequent false alarms. If you’re having problems with your alarms system, speak to an alarm installation company. They will be able to check your existing alarm system and give you advice on the best way to fix any problems.
So now you know how planning permission relates to alarm systems. If you’re not sure if your alarm system needs planning permission, check with your local authority. You can find your local authority’s website through the government’s tool.