Whether or not you need planning permission for an air conditioning system depends upon a number of factors, including the type of property, your location, your neighbours, and whether you want to install the air con system in a commercial or residential environment.

For example, if the noise and sight of an external air conditioning unit could impact directly on your neighbours, you might need planning permission. In addition to this, if you live in a listed building, you will also need to apply for planning permission – something which you might struggle to obtain.

For commercial properties, planning permission is usually required if the air con system is going to alter or extend the exterior of the site.

But there is a solution…

If you’re unable to obtain planning permission for an air conditioning system with an external unit, all hope is not lost.

There are a number of self-contained and water cooled internal condensers that will allow you to reap the many benefits that come hand in hand with air con, without the need for an outdoor fixture – meaning no planning permission is required.

Suitable for installation in apartments, listed buildings, and properties where space is limited, as well as shops within shopping centres, where an outside condenser box and external vents are not possible, you can rest assured that this type of air conditioning system can be installed within your living or working environment, without any planning permission.

How do water cooled internal condensers work?

This type of air conditioning system features a condensing unit, which is hidden discreetly within the property. The unit uses mains water in a controlled manner to remove heat.

And, despite the fact that the unit is contained indoors, you don’t have to worry about noise – these systems are designed to have a low noise output so you can go about your business undisturbed.

For further information about installing air conditioning without planning permission, please get in touch!