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Installing radio antennas & satellite dishes

Installing radio antennas & satellite dishes

If you are considering installing a radio antenna or satellite dish you will need to establish whether or not you need to seek planning permission for aerials. Depending on your circumstances, taking into account property ownership and locality, you will want to determine any planning permission, listed building consent, or landlord permission you need. As the beneficiary of the radio antenna or satellite dish, you are ultimately responsible for the installation of it – not the company that undertakes the project. As such, it’s always best to seek advice and be in the know.

General Permitted Development

Under the General Permitted Development Order of 1995, homeowners have general permission to install radio antenna or satellite dishes up to a certain size on their property. The ‘general’ rule is dependent upon your property type and the area it inhabits. Homeowners are recommended to seek advice from their local planning authority on what ‘general’ development rule applies to their specific property, because this is not something that is listed within a properties documentation.

The General Permitted Development Order covers property types based on height and area. The four areas covered are: houses and buildings up to 15 metres high, houses and buildings over 15 metres high, buildings up to 15 metres in a designated area, and buildings 15 metres or higher in a designated area.

Buildings not located in a designated area

All buildings, regardless of their height, do not need planning permission to install a radio antenna or satellite dish if they are not within a designated area. Planning authorities list designated areas as places of conservational interest, and areas that are in the process of being designated as such.

Houses and buildings up to 15 metres high

You may install a maximum of two antennas on your property; if installing one, it must not exceed 100 cm in any dimension and if installing two, antenna 1 must not exceed 100 cm in any dimension. Antenna 2 must not exceed 60 cm in any dimension. Chimney stack antennas must not exceed 60 cm in any direction.

Houses and buildings over 15 metres high

You may install a maximum of four antennas on your property; all antennas share the same size restriction of 130 cm. Chimney stack antennas must not exceed 60 cm in any direction.

Buildings located in a designated area

If your property is located within a designated area, you do not have to apply for planning permission to install radio antennas and satellite dishes.

Houses and buildings up to 15 metres high in a designated area

You may install a maximum of two antennas; if installing one, it must not exceed 100 cm in any dimension and if installing two, antenna 1 must not exceed 100 cm in any dimension and antenna 2 must not exceed 60 cm in any dimension.

Houses and buildings over 15 metres high in a designated area

Houses and buildings over 15 metres in designated areas share the same freedom as buildings in non-designated areas – you may install a maximum of four antennas on your property; all antennas share the same size restriction of 130 cm. Chimney stack antennas must not exceed 60 cm in any direction.

Listed buildings

If you own a property that is listed, you will need to apply for listed building consent. Listed building consent is separate to planning permission – it is generally granted approval, so long as a project does not alter the character or appearance of a building or its setting.

For more information, visit The Planning Portal.

The information contained within this article is strictly for guidance only.  Cost2Build recommends that you always check current sources of information in case regulations have changed. Cost2Build cannot accept any liability for miscommunication of the law in the case of a change in regulation or any action done to a property based on the information held in this article.

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