Before you buy or rent an antenna, check whether you need planning permission, listed building consent, or permission from the landlord or owner. You are responsible for placing antennas in the appropriate position.
The planning permission and permitted development regimes for antenna are shown below, you can also view our good practice guidance on installing an antenna (which contains supplementary advice on installation).
Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended), you have a general permission to install an antennas up to a specific size on property without the need for planning permission. This general permission depends on your house type and area. Your local planning authority can give you more advice.
A glossary of terms is available below.
Unless your house (or the building in which you live) is in a designated area, you do not need to apply for planning permission to install an antenna on your property, as long as:
- there will be no more than two antennas on the property overall. (These may be on the front or back of the building, on the roof, attached to the chimney, or in the garden)
- if you are installing a single antenna, it is not more than 100 centimetres in any linear dimension (not including any projecting feed element, reinforcing rim, mounting and brackets)
- if you are installing two antennas, one is not more than 100 centimetres in any linear dimension, and the other is not more than 60 centimetres in any linear dimension (not including any projecting feed element, reinforcing rim, mounting and brackets)
- the cubic capacity of each individual antenna is not more than 35 litres
- an antenna fitted onto a chimney stack is not more than 60 centimetres in any linear dimension and
- an antenna mounted on the roof only sticks out above the roof when there is a chimney-stack. In this case, the antenna should not stick out more than 60 centimetres above the highest part of the roof, or above the highest part of the chimney stack, whichever is lower.
Buildings in conservation areas, national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty or World Heritage Sites
If your building is in a conservation area, national park, area of outstanding natural beauty or World Heritage Site, you do not need to apply for planning permission to install an antenna on your property, as long as:
- an antenna is not installed on a chimney, wall, or a roof slope which faces onto, and is visible from, a road. (If you are not sure, get advice from the local planning authority)
- the building is more than 15 metres in height.
Any work which does not meet all these requirements will require planning permission
Disclaimer - Wales
This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information. This guidance relates to the planning regime for Wales. Policy in England may differ. If in doubt contact your Local Planning Authority.