Commercial Air Conditioning – Do You Need Planning Permission?

Planning application

If you want to put air conditioning systems in your business, you should be aware of the rules and regulations to be followed, because you will need planning permission for bigger units. It’s a good idea to get in touch with your local government and tell them what kind of air conditioner you want to put in. They will think about how this might affect the type of building you own and how it might affect your neighbours or the environment around you. Begin by asking us if you need to get permission from the city to use air conditioning. We can figure out whether or not you need to.

Why Do You Need Planning Permission?

Planning application is the written permission you need from your local council before you do any big building work at your home or business. Before the project starts, it will be checked out to see if it is safe or if it will have an impact on conservation areas or make noise. If your business is in a protected area, you will also need listed building permission.

Do You Need Planning Permission for Air Conditioning on Your Commercial Premises?

When it comes to air conditioning, there are two types of construction projects that you can do. Permitted developments are projects that can be done without getting permission, which are usually small changes to the inside of the house. Depending on the type of building, you might need permission to start a big project before you start it. Most of the time, you don’t have to get permission to put in an air conditioning unit if it’s a small one. For bigger systems, it’s possible that you’ll need to get permission from the city. There are a lot of factors that will determine whether or not this is essential. If:

  • A pitched roof is where you are going to put an outside unit.
  • The outside unit is set up about 1 metre from the edge of a flat roof.
  • The outside unit is less than 1 metre from the boundary of the home.

Getting planning permission is one of the most important factors. A big air conditioning system can make a lot of noise. As with split and central air conditioning systems, they both have an outside compressor. This compressor will need to be placed so that the noise isn’t disruptive to the area around it.

If you aren’t sure if you need planning permission to install an air conditioning unit at your business, it’s worth talking to the experts.

Call FranklynAir on 0207 839 5475.

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