Can I put a satellite dish on a listed building?

John Conlin / 26 April 2018

A reader writes to chartered surveyor John Conlin to find out whether they need permission to put up a satellite dish on a Grade II listed house.


Atmospheric interference affects our Freeview TV reception and we’ve been told the only solution is to change to Freesat and install a satellite dish. Our house is Grade II listed. Do we need permission?


You would need to make a ‘listed building approval application’ but the good news is that there is no fee payable. Planners’ attitudes are difficult to judge. I have known some order the removal of burglar-alarm boxes. Much will depend on the visibility of the dish.

Have you considered mounting it on a solid, vibration-free post somewhere in your garden? The dish doesn’t need to be high up and the connecting cable can be either buried or suspended.

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