Solar panels

Do I need a building consent?

A building consent is required before installing solar panels for water heating.

What information is needed?

Specific information to include in a building consent application for a solar water heating installation:

  • Proposed panel locations on elevation drawing
  • Details of connections to roof structure
  • Detail confirming gap under panels to allow roof to be cleaned
  • Confirmation that existing roof structure can support panels (i.e. details of purlins, rafters, trusses etc.)
  • Flashings to penetrations in roof
  • System components diagram
  • Roof pitch details
  • House floor plan and proposed smoke alarm locations
  • Engineered design if a frame is required.