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Planning permission

The installation of solar panels on non domestic buildings and land may be 'permitted development' with no need to apply to the Local Planning Authority for planning permission. There are, however, important limits and conditions, detailed on the following pages, which must be met to benefit from these permitted development rights.

Non domestic buildings and land for the purposes of these permitted development rights includes businesses and community buildings. Permitted development rights are also available for domestic properties1.

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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Build Aviator's estimating service can help you plan your project by providing an accurate cost of the proposed changes. Find out more2.

Getting your job done safely.3

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Use our partner directories from CIAT, FMB, RIBA, or RTPI to find an chartered architectural technologist, builder, architect or planning consultant to help with your project or development.

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Useful links

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    1. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/common-projects/solar-panels-non-domestic/planning-permission-stand-alone-solar-panel-installations-in-the-grounds-of-a-non-domestic-building
    2. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/home-improvement/estimating-service
    3. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/common-projects/solar-panels/getting-your-job-done-safely

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    The Planning Portal is delivered by PortalPlanQuest Limited which is a joint venture between TerraQuest Solutions Limited and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities. All content © 2022 Planning Portal.