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Planning permission: Introduction

Installing a ground or water source heat pump in the grounds of a non-domestic building is likely to be considered 'permitted development' with no need to apply to the council for planning permission. There are, however, important limits and conditions which must be met to benefit from the permitted development rights which are detailed on the following pages.

Non-domestic land for the purposes of these permitted development rights is broad and can include businesses and community buildings. Permitted development rights are also available for domestic properties.

Note - installations of air source heat pumps on non-domestic land are likely to require an application for planning permission to the local authority.

You may wish to discuss with the Local Planning Authority for your area whether all of the limits and conditions will be met.

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