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You don’t need plan­ning per­mis­sion to in­stall so­lar pan­els on do­mes­tic build­ings (gar­den sheds, green­houses and out­houses next to coun­try homes), ex­cept on listed ones. How­ever, cer­tain con­di­tions must be met. So­lar pan­els:

• Must not pro­trude more than 20cm (7¾in) from the roof or wall • Must not be higher than the high­est part of the roof • Must not ‘be vis­i­ble from a high­way’ in con­ser­va­tion ar­eas or World Her­itage Sites

On non-do­mes­tic build­ings (farm build­ings, churches, com­mer­cial green­houses and of­fices), only so­lar pan­els up to 1MW are per­mit­ted without plan­ning per­mis­sion. How­ever, they:

• Are sub­ject to ap­proval on de­sign • Must not pro­trude more than 20cm (7¾in) on pitched roofs • Must not ex­tend more than 1m (3ft 3in) above the high­est part of a flat roof • Must not be in­stalled within 1m (3ft 3in) of the edge of the roof • Must not be in­stalled on a listed build­ing or in its grounds If in doubt, con­tact your lo­cal plan­ning au­thor­ity

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