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Renewable energy and planning

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The following questions and answers are designed to offer advice about the planning permission required for renewable energy devices. If you need additional help, you can:

Advice on other aspects, including solar panels, can be found in our Climate Change and Sustainable Building Supplementary Planning Document (1.7MB) and the section on Historic England's website on Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings.

1. Can I install a device for renewable energy?

The location of your house and the specific location of the device is what makes the difference between you needing planning permission or not.

Please contact our customer service team for advice on 01629 816 200 or

Devices that may not need planning permission:

  • Air source heat pumps
  • Biomass boilers (with a low flue and installed at the rear)
  • Ground source heat pumps (within a garden)
  • Solar thermal panels (under 200mm depth and installed at the rear)
  • Solar photovoltaic panels
  • Water source heat pumps (within a garden)

Devices that always need planning permission:

  • Anaerobic digesters
  • Small-scale hydroelectric schemes
  • Wind turbines

2. What if I live in a conservation area or in a listed building?

Please contact our customer service team on 01629 816 200 or email

3. Are there any grants to help me pay the installation costs?

Some energy companies may offer assistance to install renewables, and you should check with your individual suppliers

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