The push to decrease our use of fossil fuels has gained urgency in recent years, and one of the most popular forms of renewable energy is solar. Not only is the sun a functionally limitless resource that is available in most parts of the world (though admittedly not at all times), but you can even install solar panels in your own home. The question is, what kind of regulations do you need to follow first?
Solar panels on regular homes
One reason that people are attracted to solar panels is that they can often be installed without planning permission. If you live in a regular house without any kind of protected status, then solar panels are a perfectly acceptable home adjustment.
Obviously, you still need to think about whether your roof is strong enough, whether they will match the aesthetic of your home and any other applicable regulations, but generally solar panel installation Portishead is relatively cheap and easy.
Solar panels on listed buildings or in conservation areas
Where it becomes more difficult is if you live in a listed building or conservation area, where there are strict rules about preserving historical features and maintaining character in a way that does not damage the house or its surroundings. Listed buildings need both listed building consent and planning permission. Buildings in conservation areas may have more flexibility, but first you will need to contact your local council.
How to apply for planning permission
To find out if you live in a listed building, you can check the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) website, where you will find an official register of every protected site in England. This includes listed buildings, scheduled monuments and other types of historic or significant locations. Information on the correct forms and processes to apply for listed building consent and planning permission can then be found here.
Most people will not need planning permission for solar panel installation in Portishead. But if there is any doubt, the best thing to do is contact your local council to check local rules and regulations.