Do satellite dish installation regulations vary across the UK’s isles?

Before you set about installing a satellite dish, first ensure that you are aware of any regulations and restrictions which may impact your location.

What are the main regulations to be aware of?

  • If you are a tenant, you may need the landlord or owner’s consent to install a dish
  • You may need planning permission or listed building consent. All listed buildings require listed building consent prior to mounting a dish
  • Only choose a dish large enough for good reception
  • Only mount the dish in a discreet position, as they can be unsightly
  • Avoid mounting the dish on the front of your property
  • Choose a dish that blends in with the background as far as possible, for example use a white dish on a white wall. The dish can be painted in order to blend in
  • Only use reputable installers

Bear in mind that you are responsible for having a satellite dish installed and poor positioning could lead to the council or other regulatory authority requiring you to relocate the dish at your own expense. If you have any queries or you’re unsure where to install a satellite dish, get in touch and our team of experts will be happy to help.

Whilst these regulations are fairly standard, some do vary depending whereabouts in the UK you live.


Planning permission is generally not required to install a satellite dish, unless the installation is for a listed building, or the building is in a conservation area.

Should you need to apply for planning permission, you will need to provide:

  • Application forms from your local council
  • A plan of the location of the property where you wish to mount the dish
  • Exact detail of the intended location of the dish on the property
  • Details of the size and colour of the dish

A decision can take between 6 – 8 weeks and the application will cost in the region of £250, depending upon your local council.

The regulations regarding the installation of satellite dishes in flats and houses vary, primarily in the respect that you should not need an individual dish if you live in a flat. This may also apply to terraced houses and some semi-detached houses.

There are two main alternatives to an individual satellite dish to choose from:

  • Shared dish systems – one dish provides satellite signal to all properties
  • Cable networks – ideal where signal is poor, you cannot obtain planning permission or a shared system is not viable


In line with regulations in England, you must obtain planning permission before installing a satellite dish on a listed building or a building located in a conservation area. You will also need to obtain listed building consent prior to installing a satellite dish on a listed building.

You can find full details of planning requirements on the Scottish government’s planning site.

Under Scottish regulation, you are also required to notify your neighbours of your intention to install a satellite dish before you seek planning permission. If they object to your plan, they have 21 days to comment on the application.


As per the regulations in England and Scotland, you will need to seek planning permission before installing a satellite dish on a building in a conservation area, or any listed buildings.

In flats and some terraces, there is a maximum number of dishes which can be fixed to the outer of the building and in some cases, you are prohibited from mounting aerials and dishes on exterior walls. This will be specified in the deeds of the property.

For the full list of regulations, refer to the Welsh government’s planning site.

Northern Ireland

As with the satellite dish installation regulations in the rest of the UK, you must obtain planning permission from your local authority before installing a satellite dish on a listed building or a building located in a conservation area.

A shared aerial or cable alternative should be installed in flats where an individual dish is not viable, is prohibited in the deeds of the property, or planning permission is not granted.

In all instances across the UK, you should always remove a satellite dish which is no longer in use, such as in the event you change to a cabled TV system.


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