2. Solar panels mounted on a non domestic building

All the following conditions must be observed:

  • panels should be sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise the effect on the external appearance of the building and the amenity of the area
  • panels must be sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise any impacts from glint or glare
  • when no longer needed for generation, panels should be removed as soon as reasonably practicable.

All the following limits must be met:

  • the solar panels are not within 3km of an airport or aerodrome
  • solar panels installed on a wall or a pitched roof should project no more than 200mm from the wall surface or roof slope
  • where panels are installed on a flat roof the highest part of the equipment should not be more than one metre above the highest part of the roof (excluding the chimney)
  • equipment mounted on a roof must not be within one metre of the external edge of the roof
  • equipment mounted on a wall must not be within one metre of a junction of that wall with another wall or with the roof of the building
  • the panels must not be installed on a listed building or on a building that is within the grounds of a listed building
  • the panels must not be installed on a site designated as a scheduled monument
  • if the building is on designated land* the equipment must not be installed on a wall or a roof slope which fronts a highway

* Designated land includes national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.