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Class A – Solar panels on a house or flats

 

The permitted development right of Class A allows you to install, alter or replace solar panels on a residential property. This can be a house, bungalow or indeed a block of flats. You are permitted to install it either on the property itself or within the curtilage.  The solar photovoltaic (pv) or better known as a solar panel must not protrude more than 20cm or 0.2m beyond the pance of the wall or roof slope.

This would apply to solar panel roof tiles as well as the larger panels.

Solar panels on houses

 

 

How do I apply for permission?

You do not need to request permission, Class A is your permission.

if you are in a conservation area or a World Heritage Site you may still install solar panels on your home or flats, but you cannot install on a wall facing a highway. 

You cannot install on a listed building. 

 

 

Legislation

 

Class A – installation or alteration etc of solar equipment on domestic premises

Permitted development

A. The installation, alteration or replacement of microgeneration solar PV or solar thermal equipment on—

(a) a dwellinghouse or a block of flats; or
(b) a building situated within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse or a block of flats.

Development not permitted

A.1 Development is not permitted by Class A if—

(a) the solar PV or solar thermal equipment would protrude more than 0.2 metres beyond the plane of the wall or the roof slope when measured from the perpendicular with the external surface of the wall or roof slope;

(b) it would result in the highest part of the solar PV or solar thermal equipment being higher than the highest part of the roof (excluding any chimney);

(c) in the case of land within a conservation area or which is a World Heritage Site, the solar PV or solar thermal equipment would be installed on a wall which fronts a highway;

(d) the solar PV or solar thermal equipment would be installed on a site designated as a scheduled monument; or

(e) the solar PV or solar thermal equipment would be installed on a building within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse or block of flats if the dwellinghouse or block of flats is a listed building.

Conditions

A.2  Development is permitted by Class A subject to the following conditions—

(a) solar PV or solar thermal equipment is, so far as practicable, sited so as to minimise its effect on the external appearance of the building;

(b) solar PV or solar thermal equipment is, so far as practicable, sited so as to minimise its effect on the amenity of the area; and

(c) solar PV or solar thermal equipment is removed as soon as reasonably practicable when no longer needed.

 

 

Page Updated:  15th April 2022

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