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Will I need planning permission for a combined heat and power system?

Will I need planning permission for a combined heat and power system?

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  • Renewable energy
  • Heating appliances
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A combined heat and power system (also known as micro-CHP) system will generate heat and electricity from the same source and is a low carbon alternative to traditional heat and power technologies even though it’s currently powered by gas or oil. 

You won’t normally need planning permission for the installation of the system, but if a flue needs to be added externally you may need it depending on where the flue is fitted or if you are in a listed building or a conservation area.

Speak to your local planning authority for advice.

Further information

Approved Document L England: Conservation of fuel and power

Approved Document L Wales: Conservation of fuel and power

Will I need building regulations approval for a combined heat and power system?