Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) or Planning (General Development) Order (Northern Ireland) 1993 (as amended), you have a general permission to install an aerial up to a specific size on property without the need for planning permission. This general permission depends on your house type and area. The general permission doesn't necessarily apply in designated areas, which are:
When installing a dish or other aerial, you must position it in such a way so that its effect on the outside appearance of the building is reduced as far as possible. You must also remove it when you no longer need it.
You are responsible for:
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If there is any doubt, you should contact your local planning department.
For dish aerials, you should be aware of the importance of colour. For example, a white dish may blend against a white background but may be more obvious against darker backgrounds, such as brick, or stone.
The materials or the design can also affect how suitable a particular aerial is. For example, a mesh or transparent dish may be less obvious than a solid one.
Where you position the aerial on the property is perhaps the most important thing to bear in mind when considering installing one. Although it is important to make sure your aerial provides adequate reception, it is also important to consider the visual effect of your aerial.
If your planning department thinks your aerial is in a poor position and could reasonably be moved to make it less noticeable, they may ask you to move it (at your own expense). You would not have to apply for planning permission.
If you refuse this request, your planning department may:
It is an offence not to follow an enforcement notice. You could have to pay a fine unless you have successfully appealed against it.
Suppliers and installers should be familiar with the planning and environmental aspects of installation.
We strongly advise you to get your aerial equipment from a reputable supplier, such as members of the, other established companies or, where appropriate, from the broadcaster.
We also advise you to use installers who are members of theor other professionally qualified installers who follow an appropriate code of practice which follows Planning Inspectorate and the Department for Communities and Local Government's guidelines and the Planning Service for Northern Ireland's guidelines.
Reputable installers should have agreed standards for their work, in some cases, guaranteed by their company; they should also be covered by public liability and employer's liability insurance.
You should get quotes for alternative siting options and costs (such as installing at the back) before installing the aerial.