Dishes and the law

Know your rights and responsibilities

Additions or alterations to your home are often governed by planning regulations, but you can make many changes without applying for planning permission – and this includes installing most satellite dishes.

Provided that it is  a dish of the normal size and there aren’t already two or more dishes on the building, then you can usually put up the dish without the bother of obtaining approval from your local authority.

However, there may be laws, as in the UK, that require satellite dishes to be sited to cause the least visual impact on the building and its surroundings. If a local authority planning department thinks that your dish could be better sited, to be less intrusive, then you could be forced to re-site the dish at your own expense, so it makes sense to go for a discreet installation from the start. If you are in any doubt, speak to your local authority’s planning officer first.

Different rules apply to residents of blocks of flats and listed buildings, and those in special areas such as conservation areas, National Parks or areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Permission may be required for a dish in these circumstances.