City of Canterbury Bankstown is part of the Our Energy Future program to help residents reduce their energy bills, improve comfort levels and improve their environmental footprint.
Our Energy Future provides up-to-date and impartial energy efficiency and renewable energy advice and support for the households, businesses and council staff. So if you are a resident, business owner or council staff member in the City of Canterbury Bankstown and need help managing your energy bills then please call our energy helpline during business hours, Mon-Fri on 1300 339 915 and/or sign up to our monthly e-news.
As part of Our Energy Future City of Canterbury Bankstown council is supporting a campaign to assist residents who are considering installing solar. If you want to know more about how solar works visit our solar information page here. The experts at Our Energy Future have conducted a rigorous procurement process in order to find a supplier and installer to recommend. You can sign up on line here to receive an obligation free quote or call the Our Energy Future team on 1300 339 915 to further discuss whether or not solar might be right for you.
Solar and planning permits
Solar Panels in most instances do not require a Planning Permit as they are considered either works ‘normal to a dwelling’. However, in some instances a permit will be required if specifically stated in the Overlay (i.e. Heritage Overlay). For more information on whether Heritage regulations affect you contact Council on 9707 9000.
If the solar panels are proposed to be located on an external structure (not a dwelling) a permit will be required for Buildings and Works and will be assessed on its merits.
One other thing to be aware of is that some estates have regulations on solar panel installations. So make sure to consult with the body corporate of your estate before installing solar panels.
About City of Canterbury Bankstown
The new City of Canterbury-Bankstown was proclaimed on the 12 May 2016 and has the largest local government resident population in NSW. Located between 13 and around 20 kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD, the City of Canterbury-Bankstown has a diverse culture, friendly people, exotic foods, great restaurants and unique shopping experiences.
With an area just over 100 square kilometres, the largely residential City has 41 suburbs and is bisected by New Canterbury, Canterbury Road and Newbridge Road. The area holds beautiful natural areas including the Georges River National Park and open space corridors surrounding the Cooks River in the north east, and Wolli Creek, Salt Pan Creek and the Georges River in the south and west.
The City is served by the Bankstown and East Hills rail lines and there are major road networks traversing the area including the M5 Motorway, Hume Highway, King Georges Road, Henry Lawson Drive and Canterbury Road. The City is also home to Bankstown Airport, the largest general aviation airport in the southern hemisphere.
Major retail precincts are located in the Bankstown CBD, Bass Hill, Campsie, Chester Hill, Chullora, Lakemba and Roselands. Major industrial precincts include Bankstown, Chullora, Kingsgrove North, Milperra, Riverwood and Villawood.
The City is geographically well placed, close to suppliers and services, and major transport links including the M5 Motorway, main roads, freight rail lines, Port Botany and Sydney Airport. The City’s diversity and location has brought about great opportunities for business and employment.
The Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital and Canterbury Hospital provide two health precincts for the City. Several TAFE campuses and the Bankstown Campus of Western Sydney University provide opportunities for students from all over Sydney and abroad to study.
There are many scenic parks and a broad range of sporting and recreational facilities including Canterbury Park Race Course, Bankstown Trotting Track, Belmore Sports Ground, Memorial Oval Cricket Centre, Canterbury Ice Rink, Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre and the Dunc Gray Velodrome, just to name a few. An extensive network of swimming pools, libraries and community centres are also located across the City.
Originally inhabited by Aboriginal communities, the City has an extraordinarily culturally diverse population of nearly 355,000 (ERP) people speaking more than 120 different languages. Almost 38% were born overseas and 53% speak a language other than English at home.
Canterbury-Bankstown is a unique, cosmopolitan environment with one of the world’s most successful multicultural communities. With people from so many cultural backgrounds, residents have a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience from the beliefs and way of life of other cultures.