Getting planning permission for solar photovoltaic panels

In general within the permitted development rights introduced on 6th of April 2008 in England and 12thof March 2009 in Scotland.:
Solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal (roof mounted) are permitted development unless:

the panels protrude more then 200mm when installed and in Scotland permission is granted unless:
  • installed on any part of the external walls of the building if the building contains a flat
  • panels when installed on a flat roof are situated within 1 metre from the edge of the roof or protrude more than 1 metre above the plane of the roof
  • panels when installed project higher than the highest point of the roof (excluding the chimney)
  • the building is within a conservation area or World Heritage Site and the solar PV or solar thermal equipment is installed on a roof which forms the front of the building and is visible from the road
Additionally in Scotland only: The solar PV or solar thermal equipment must, as far as is reasonably practical, minimise its effect on the amenity of the area and be removed when it is no longer needed or used for domestic microgeneration.

For solar PV and solar thermal (stand alone) permission is granted unless:
  • more than 4 metres in height
  • installed less than 5 metres away from any boundary (England Only)
  • above a maximum area of array of 9m2
And in England only:
  • situated on a wall within any part of the curtilage of the dwelling house and would be visible from a highway in Conservations Areas and World Heritage Sites.
And in Scotland only:
  • installed a distance from the boundary of the curtilage of the dwelling house which is less than the height of the array
  • within the curtilage of a listed building
  • results in more than one free standing solar
  • the building is within a conservation area or World Heritage Site and the solar PV or solar thermal equipment is installed on a wall or roof which forms the front of the building and is visible from the road
Additionally in Scotland only: The solar PV or solar thermal equipment must, as far as is reasonably practical, minimise its effect on the amenity of the area and be removed when it is no longer needed or used for domestic microgeneration.

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