Rainwater tanks and solar panels
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Do I need approval?
Checklists
Application form


DO I NEED APPROVAL?
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.


CHECKLISTS
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

APPLICATION FORM
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