Planning permission associated with installing a Biomass Boiler

In the case of small domestic and business installations, where the aesthetic impact is limited, biomass heating systems are likely to be considered ‘permitted development’ by local authorities, which means that no planning permission will be necessary. It is nevertheless always a good idea to check with your local authority prior to installing any kind of renewable energy technology.

Installing a flue on the outside of a property is also usually classed as permitted development, unless it affects the roof line.

Other restrictions may apply, for example, if the proposed installation site is listed or if it is situated in a World Heritage site or conservation area. Some areas in the UK are designated ‘Air Quality Management Areas’. If you live in one such area and wish to install a biomass heating system, you may require an exemption certificate. It is for this reason that it wise to discuss your plans with local authorities before making any decisions.

You can find details for your local authority on the Direct.gov website.

If you need to construct a new building in which to house the boiler and silo you may require planning permission. Medium to large size installations for businesses, organisations and communities are likely to require planning permission as they will almost certainly involve building work.

All new or retrofit biomass installations must also comply with building regulations. For more information, see the Government’s Planning Portal website.

More information on the permitted development regulations for biomass boilers can be found here.

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