Solar panels - non domestic

Planning Permission: Stand alone solar panel installations in the grounds of a non-domestic building

All the following conditions must be observed:

  • Equipment should be sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise the effect on the amenity of the area.
  • When no longer needed the equipment should be removed as soon as reasonably practicable.

All the following limits must be met:

Only the first stand alone solar installation will be permitted development. Further installations will require planning permission from the local authority.

  • No part of the installation should be higher than 4m.
  • The installation should be at least 5m from the boundary of the property.
  • The size of the array should be no more that 9 square metres or 3m wide by 3m deep.
  • Panels should not be installed within the boundary of a listed building or a scheduled monument.
  • If the property is in an Article 2(3) designated area* no part of the solar installation should be nearer to any highway bounding the grounds of the property than the part of the building that is nearest to that highway.

* Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.

Note - If you are a leaseholder you may need to get permission from your landlord, freeholder or management company.