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General solar FAQs


I want to install solar on my roof. Where do I start?

Council has prepared the following three resources to assist residents and small businesses navigate installing solar.

  1. What to consider when getting a solar quote
  2. Six steps to installing solar
  3. Map your roof's solar potential with Sunspot

Do I need development approvals to install solar PV?

In most situations, no.

In general, household rooftop solar panel installations do not require development consent if certain requirements are met. Some of these requirements include reducing their visual impact, especially on properties with heritage significance (e.g. heritage items or in heritage conservation areas) and limiting impact on neighbours. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may need to submit a development application (DA). The DA fee is waived for solar-only applications.

If clarification is needed, you can call Inner West Council's duty planners on 9392 5000 to check.

It is also important to ensure that the chosen location for panels is not likely to be overshadowed by future development on neighbouring properties.

I want to find out about approvals for solar

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Page last updated: 15 Dec 2022