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Do I need planning permission to erect a satellite dish?

Do I need planning permission to erect a satellite dish?
3 November 2010 Christopher Moore

On the Planning Portal Website http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/antenna/miniguide there is a very useful interactive guide to find out if planning permission is required for a satellite dish. If your building is listed, list building consent is always required to erect a satellite dish.

Houses and buildings up to 15m high in designated areas:
If your house (or the building in which you live) is in a designated area, you do not need to apply for planning permission to install an antenna on your property, as long as:

  • there will be no more than two antennas on the property overall;
  • if you are installing a single antenna, it is not be more than 100 centimetres in any linear dimension (not including any projecting feed element, reinforcing rim, mounting and brackets);
  • if you are installing two antennas, one is not more than 100 centimetres in any linear dimension, and the other is not more than 60 centimetres in any linear dimension (not including any projecting feed element, reinforcing rim, mounting and brackets);
  • the cubic capacity of each individual antenna is not more than 35 litres;
  • an antenna fitted onto a chimney stack is not more than 60 centimetres in any linear dimension;
  • an antenna mounted on the roof only sticks out above the roof when there is a chimney-stack. In this case, the antenna should not stick out more than 60 centimetres above the highest part of the roof, or above the highest part of the chimney stack, whichever is lower; and
  • an antenna is not installed on a chimney, wall, or a roof slope which faces onto, and is visible from, a road or a Broads waterway. (If you are not sure, call the Conservation Officer 0151 6062121.)

Buildings 15 metres high or more in designated areas

If your building of 15m high or more is in a designated area, you do not need to apply for planning permission to install an antenna on your property, as long as:

  • there will be no more than four antennas on the building overall;
  • the size of any antenna is not more than 130 centimetres in any linear dimension (not including any projecting feed element, reinforcing rim, mounting and brackets);
  • the cubic capacity of each individual antenna is not more than 35 litres;
  • an antenna fitted onto a chimney stack is not more than 60 centimetres in any linear dimension;
  • an antenna mounted on the roof does not stick out above the roof more than 300 centimetres above the highest part of the roof; and
  • an antenna is not installed on a chimney, wall, or a roof slope which faces onto, and is visible from, a road or a Broads waterway. (If you are not sure, call the Conservation Officer 0151 606 2121.)

Please Note:
The above advice was correct when going to print (November 2010). Always seek advice from the Local Planning Authority befor carrying out any alterations to your property.

An unauthorised alteration to a Listed Building is a criminal offence and could result in a hefty fine or at worst imprisonment.