Council also encourages a sustainable and energy efficient future, including the installation of solar panels. While our sensitive Heritage Conservation Areas (HCA) preserve the character from the past, Council encourages the use of solar panels, provided they are appropriately located to minimise impact on heritage properties and streetscapes.
Do I need to lodge a DA to install solar panels on my house within a HCA?
In many cases, provided you locate the solar panels on areas of your house that have minimal visibility, than you may not need to lodge a formal Development Application. You will however require a Minor Works Exemption from Council.
Where can I locate solar panels on my dwelling in a HCA?
Installation of solar panels within a HCA may be granted an exemption provided they are located to the rear of the dwelling or on areas of the roof which are either:
- not part of the primary street facing roof
- have minimal visibility from the street
Primary street facing roofs are roof planes (and parts of roof planes) that are visible from the primary street, have a slope of more than 15 degrees and are in front of the main ridge of the roof.
Exemptions will not be granted where:
- works require external structural alterations
- works that require removal of design elements such as chimneys, capping, parapet walls etc.
- panels project above the roof. For example those which are propped up at a higher angle than the roof or those that extend higher than the roof ridge do not qualify for an exemption.
How to I apply for a Minor Works Exemption?
Complete the DA Exemption – Minor Heritage Works form which is available on Councils website and email to email@example.com.
Solar panel installations that are inconsistent with the above requirements will require the lodgement of a development application.
If you have questions regarding installation of solar panels or the completion of the DA Exemption form, please contact Councils Heritage Advisor on 02 9911 9877.