Wellington City Council does not require a building consent for most solar panel installations, provided:
- the work is undertaken by a suitably qualified person who provides an Energy Works Certificate for the work (Section 43.1 of the Building Act 2004)
- the fixings of the solar panels do not involve roof penetrations larger than 300mm, the building does not exceed 3 storeys, and the work does not modify or affect the primary structure of the building (Schedule 1 part 1.14 of the Building Act 2004)
- the system is not a solar hot water system.
There are also building consent exemptions for ground-mounted solar arrays.
Notes for Ground-mounted solar panel arrays.
Your roof must be able to support the weight of the panels, and they will need to be firmly fixed, so they don’t blow away in strong wind.
The fixing will depend on the wind zone your property is in. Find this out using our Wind Zone maps.
You are responsible for checking whether you need a building consent for the work.
Contact our Building Compliance and Consents team if you have any questions:
Phone 04 801 4311
Roof-mounted solar panels are exempt from the recession plane and maximum height rules, as long as the panels are no more than 50cm above the roof and the area does not exceed 10 square metres.
The above does not apply to heritage buildings, which are likely to need resource consent when making external changes.
If you have a heritage building, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check the specific restrictions in your area through our online district plan.
If you’re unsure check with our Planning team:
Phone 04 801 3590