Find a better plan and avoid the price hikes.
We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!
When considering going solar, one of the key questions is whether you will need a building permit or permission from your state or council. If you do, it’s usually possible to get your solar installer to take care of this for you.
- Ask your local council. Your local council will be in charge of building permits and regulations and should be able to provide you with a quick answer. Give them a call, or the information may even be available on your local council website. If a permit is needed, you should also find information as to how you go about getting one and any other advice you need before installation.
- Ask your solar installer. Your solar installer or any solar installation companies in your area will know the rules of your area and any building permits required, and if they don’t then you might want to take that as a warning.
Solar Run is a solar retailer who can help you install solar on your rooftop.
- Get quotes for solar panels and battery storage
- Clean Energy Council approved retailer
- NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and ACT
Be sure to ask your solar installer how they can help with this. Many solar installation companies will manage your applications for you on your behalf, which will save you time and stress.
Building permit requirements for solar panels by state
Building permits are intended to protect the general public from unregulated or unlicensed building structures. It’s to also protect buildings or areas that are of cultural or architectural significance. Below are some other reasons why:
- Weather. In areas that regularly see strong weather, the installation of rooftop solar panels could cause a danger to the public, to neighbours or residents of a community. An example is in the Darwin area, where regular strong winds make the installation of solar panels difficult.
- Listed buildings. If your building is listed or a registered heritage building, then any significant structural work, including solar, must be approved by your local council.
- Old buildings. The age of your building can sometimes determine whether or not you can install solar panels. This is to do with the roof load and wider public safety.
- Roof size. Depending on the size of your roof, the number of panels you’re installing and how close these panels sit to the roof edge, you may also require a permit.
It can be frustrating to have red tape to cut through on your route to solar, but building permits are usually fairly easy to come by.
It is also worth remembering that though these regulations may seem unfair, they are there to protect the general public, including you, from any harm.
More guides on Finder
Own solar panels? Feeding your energy back to the grid could soon cost you
Here's how new recommendations by the regulator will impact your feed-in tariffs.
Solar air conditioners
Considering switching from regular air conditioners to solar air conditioners? Find out how.
Compare electricity plans with solar feed-in tariffs
Compare feed-in tariffs and more to find a good value plan.
Energy Australia cuts solar feed-in tariffs
You might get less back for your contribution to the grid but don't panic, compare your rates instead.
Is buy now pay later a good option for solar?
Buy now, pay later seems like a great way to get an expensive solar system now and pay it off when you're reaping the benefits, but there is a catch.
Full list of CEC-approved solar retailers
If you're looking to buy a solar PV system for your home, these retailers have been accredited by the Clean Energy Council as an approved solar retailer.
How long does it take to pay back your solar system?
Read about how long it took couples from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to start saving money on their solar power investment.
How do I know that my solar panels are installed properly?
These signs help you know whether your panels have been installed professionally and correctly.
Solar power options: going on-grid or off-grid
Terms like on-grid, off-grid and grid-tied can lead to confusion. They essentially refer to whether or not you want to access the grid alongside your solar power service.
What is net metering?
Net metering lets you make the most of your solar energy system if it produces surplus power.
Lower your household bills
Compare mobile broadband services, perfect for renters and travellers.
Ask an Expert