Projects that need approval

Renewable energy projects

In most cases you will need approval for renewable energy projects if it is concerning the production of electricity, heat or cooling by means of microgeneration.

For example:

  • active solar technology
  • biomass or combined heat and power (CHP) flues
  • ground or water sourced heat pumps
  • wind turbines, etc.

You do not need approval if the work is done by an installer who is registered with a government approved 'Competent Persons Scheme' and the work is certified under the scheme (Building Regulations 2010, Schedule 3, Item 17). Where applicable (active solar technology and wind turbines), make sure that the terms of their authorisation includes all relevant structural aspects.

If this does not apply to you then you will need to submit a Building Notice application, including manufacturers details and all other relevant technical information.