Planning Permission for Heat Pumps

By Katie Anderson on September 12th, 2011


In terms of planning permission requirements, it depends on the type of heat pump technology you are planning to install. 

Air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps have slightly different requirements.

If you are going to install a ground source heat pump, planning permission is not usually necessary. However, for air source heat pumps and exhaust air heat pumps you are likely going to need planning permission. So you are best advised to check with your local planning authority, for advice and guidance.

Changes to planning permission for heat pumps

It’s worth noting that the planning ruling for the technology is currently under revision. The Department for Communities and Local Government wants the installation of air source heat pumps to eventually become permitted development. This would mean that the technology would be exempt from the planning system altogether. But certain standards and safeguards have to be established to deal with noise, before this is likely to come to fruition.

Regardless of the type of heat pump system, if you live in a conservation area or in a listed building, you will need to contact your local council to check on local policy regarding such installations.

Building regulations

The installation of heat pumps will need to comply with building regulations. Building regulations will also apply to other elements of work undertaken in fitting the technology, such as plumbing and electrical installations.

MCS approved installers

Installations should be carried out by installers approved under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), regardless of whichever type of technology you wish to install.

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