The dimensions, design and colour of most satellite antennae make it difficult to put them on the fronts of buildings without harming the building's appearance. Central Government guidance only requires you to apply for planning permission to install a satellite dish in certain circumstances. This guidance aims to explain when planning permission is needed, and to ensure that all dishes blend well with the architectural design of our townscape.
Please note this information is only intended as a guide (more detailed advice is available in the Borough Local Plan) and you are strongly advised to contact the Policy and Design group at an early stage before carrying out any works to your property if you are in any doubt.
You may want to view an easy to follow flow chart (pdf, 22 KB) to help you decide if you need planning permission.
Further detailed information can be found at the site of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website or an easy to use visual guide can be found at the Planning Portal.
Planning applications are not normally required for standard TV equipment, but specialised masts or poles may need permission.
If you live in a tower block, or a large group of flats or houses it may be possible to install a communal satellite dish.
Updated: 4 August 2017