In most cases, planning permission is not required for the installation of solar panels on residential properties in South London and Surrey. This is because most residential properties fall under the category of ‘permitted development‘, which means that planning permission is not required as long as certain conditions are met.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if your property is in a conservation area, a national park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), or a World Heritage Site, you may need planning permission for the installation of solar panels.
Similarly, if you live in a listed building or a building with a flat roof, you may need planning permission for the installation of solar panels. The reason for this is that solar panels on a flat roof are usually placed in frames to create an angle towards the sun. This means they typically need to protrude more than 0.2 meters above the roof slope which is contrary to the “permitted development” guidelines.
Often, flat roofs will also require a survey by a structural engineer to ensure their suitability for panels. The installer will be able to explain more about this, but you may have to arrange it yourself and it will cost extra.
It’s important to note that the rules and regulations regarding planning permission for solar panel installations can vary depending on the specific location and property. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to consult with a reputable solar panel installation provider or a planning consultant to determine whether planning permission is required for your specific case.
At Sustainable Electrical Services, we have experience in dealing with planning permission requirements for solar panel installations in South London and Surrey, and we can help you navigate the process if necessary. Contact us today to learn more about our solar panel installation services and how we can assist you.