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Planning permission and renewable energy
Environment Unit - February 2007
If we are to achieve national, regional and local targets for increasing renewable energy production and reducing
carbon dioxide emissions individuals, public bodies and businesses all must play an important role. If you are
considering installing renewable energy at your property please read the following advice and check whether you will
need planning permission.
Planning permission for solar hot water heating, solar electricity systems, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps
Usually solar hot water heating systems (panels or tubes), solar electricity systems (panels), air and ground
source heat pumps do not require planning permission. However if the property is in a conservation area or is a
listed building planning approval may be required.
Planning permission for small wind turbines
At present, in most instances planning permission is required for all wind turbines - even the small 'micro' wind
turbines which can be mounted onto a house.
In time, we are expecting changes to planning legislation to allow various 'micro' wind turbines to be allowed
without having to apply for planning permission. This was a recommendation of the Government's 'Householder
Development Consents review' published in July 2006.