Prior notification (Solar Panels) (Non-domestic)

The installation of solar panels on non-domestic buildings and land may be 'permitted development' where there is no need to apply to us for planning permission. There are, however, important limits and conditions 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.

For further information and guidance on the installation of solar panels on non-domestic properties, please visit the National Planning Portal. Please note that the guidance contained on the Planning Portal website must be read in conjunction with the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.

In line with the General Permitted Development Order 2015, you will be required to submit a Prior Notification form to us for the installation or replacement of the following:

  1. (a) Microgeneration solar thermal equipment on a building;
  2. (b) Microgeneration solar PV equipment or a building; or
  3. (c) Other Solar PV equipment on the roof of a building.

Following the submission of a Prior Approval application, we are required to make a decision within 56 days of receiving your application. The decision can be:

  • Prior approval is not required;
  • Prior approval is required and given; or
  • Prior approval is required and refused.

To submit an application for prior approval for the insertion or replacement of the solar panels, you will need to complete one of the forms below:

Please make sure you submit one original copy of the application form, together with one original copy of the plans and supporting information. You can also pay for your application by cheque, credit or debit card. For more information on this service, please visit our planning application fees and how to pay page.

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