Generating energy from renewable sources is good for the environment and good for your pocket as a householder.  But do you need planning permission if you are thinking of installing solar panels?

To find out if you do read on, or call Claire on 01282 872570.

Within The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2011, Part 40 relating to the “Installation of Domestic Microgeneration Equipment” includes Class A and B which relate to the installation of solar panels within the curtilage of a dwelling house.

So the answer really depends on whether your proposed development is already permitted development or not.

Class A gives householders “permitted development rights” to install solar photovoltaics (PV) without planning permission on a house in some instances.  There are 5 criteria and 3 conditions which the installation has to satisfy in order to be acceptable without the need for planning permission.

Class B gives householders “permitted development rights” to install stand alone solar PV without planning permission in some instances.  In this class there are 3 criteria and 2 conditions which the installation has to satisfy.

If you are unsure, here at Kirkwells, we can advise you whether your development needs planning permission or not.  Just give us a call on 01282 872570 or email Claire Parker at

If your installation requires planning permission, we can also handle the submission on your behalf.

Kirkwells also has a network of professionals who are experienced at installing renewable energy systems on houses.  If you wish to discuss this, please give us a call and we will put you in touch with someone who can help you.

©Kirkwells Town Planners and Sustainable Development Consultants based at the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre in Burnley
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