In a similar way to other major home improvement projects, some specific requirements must be met to allow for the installation of solar panels. The main reason why these standards and regulations were established is to minimize the risk of the solar system becoming an issue or potential hazard in the unforeseeable future. So if you’re thinking about buying and fitting new solar panels, you’ll probably want to know whether or not you’ll require to submit a planning permission application for approval before you can proceed.
Generally, solar panels are covered under what’s called “Permitted Development” which gives you the freedom to install your solar panels without having to apply for a planning permission. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. These exceptions include if your house is a listed building or if your house is located within a conservation area. In these exceptional cases, it’s possible that you’ll need to apply for a planning permission, but this will largely depend on the discretion of your Local Planning Authority. What’s more? Solar panels are usually subjected to normal building regulations which includes examining the roof to make sure that it can support the additional weight. You can call in a MCS certified installer to carry out this check for you.
In order to install your solar PV on your roof, you must follow these guidelines:
✓ Your solar panels shouldn’t go beyond the highest point of the roof (excluding chimneys).
✓ The solar panels shouldn’t project beyond 200mm off the roof’s edge.
✓ The solar panels should be removed once they’re no longer used to produce electricity
✓ The solar panels should be installed such that the area and building’s appearance change is minimized.