Home solar installations just got a lot easier
  • Wednesday 04 May 2011

Sunshine Coast Council has now made it easier to get most domestic solar panel systems installed.

If you are installing a roof-mounted solar system on an existing approved house or building, planning approval is no longer required.

At the same time, council is determined to deliver more certainty to the solar industry.

Council’s Director of Development Services, Julie Edwards, said council was committed to sustainability and out-dated red tape impediments needed to be removed.

"The last thing we want is to create unnecessary costs or planning hurdles for people who just want to produce clean, green energy on a small scale," she said.

We are making sure that it is as straightforward as possible to get small solar installations, while still ensuring that the region’s high town planning standards continue to be met.

"In addition, the solar industry deserves some certainty on council’s planning requirements," Ms Edwards said.

If, however, you are planning to install any ground mounted solar panels, or any other renewable energy proposal, whether it is urban or rural, please email council’s solar enquiries staff for advice on whether planning approval is required. Emailsolarenquiries@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au  and include:

  • the address of the proposed solar installation site;
  • a detailed description of the type of the proposed installation; and
  • a site plan showing the footprint of the proposed installation.

You can expect to receive a written response to your email in five working days. Planning approval will generally only be required by council for large installations or if the proposal would potentially have an impact on the area or the community.

If you require any general advice on development issues, ring 5475 7272 and ask for the Development Services Customer Service Counter.