Rainwater tanks and solar panels

Do I need approval?
Application form

Development approval is required for a new rainwater tank or solar panels, carport, shed, garage or verandah unless it is not within the Hills Face Zone or a State or Local Heritage Place.

Further exemptions for RAINWATER TANKS

  • The tank forms part of the roof drainage system
  • The total floor area does not exceed 10m²
  • Located wholly above ground
  • No part is higher than 4m above the natural surface of the ground

Further exemptions for SOLAR PANELS

  • The system comprises solar photovoltaic panels that have a total weight not exceeding 100kg
  • Panels (and associated components) do not overhang any part of the roof
  • Panels are fitted parallel to the roof with the underside surface of the panel being not more than 100mm above the surface of the roof
  • Panels are installed by a person who holds an accreditation under a scheme recognised by the Minister

If installed on a Local Heritage Place, no part of the system, when installed, will be able to be seen by a person standing at ground level in a public street.

Structures that meet certain criteria do not require Development Plan Consent, but do require Building Rules Consent.
Above-ground water tanks
Underground water tanks
Solar panels

Other structures require both Development Plan Consent and Building Rules Consent.
Above-ground water tanks
Underground water tanks
Solar panels

Click here to download a Development Application form (PDF)
The PDF can be printed and completed by hand, or completed within the document's fillable fields

Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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