Solar safeguarding zones are areas located around an airport, helipad, or aerodrome where there is a possibility for glint or glare from solar panels to impact on aviation safety.
The good news is that even in these SSZs planning permission is still not required for the majority of solar PV developments.
The only restriction imposed in these SSZs is that rooftop solar developments are limited to an area 300m². This is more than enough for the majority of small scale solar PV systems.
In the case of larger industrial buildings with greater power needs, they can still apply for planning permission for solar arrays covering an area larger than 300m².
These limitations are also stand-alone restrictions, applying to each building rather than an entire curtilage. For instance, an industrial or agricultural operation with multiple buildings would be able to install up to 300m² on each building without having to go looking for planning permission if they are in an SSZ.
And again, to emphasise, there is no rooftop limit on houses, regardless of whether the house is located within or outside of an SSZ.
A map of all Solar Safeguarding Zones can be found on MyPlan.ie