City of Parramatta Council ( is part of the Our Energy Future program, to help residents reduce their energy bills, improve comfort levels and improve their environmental footprint.

Positive Charge, the delivery partner of the initiative, will provide 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 Parramatta LGA 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 program the City of Parramatta 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 Positive Charge 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 Positive Charge 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).

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.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need development approval to install a photovoltaic (PV) system on my roof?

Most small-scale solar PV systems do not require development approval. Heritage listed properties may require development approval. Call Council’s Development Assessment team on 9806 5524 to seek further information.

I am currently renting. Can I install a solar PV system on my roof?

Renters need approval from the property homeowner prior to installing solar systems or making any other modifications.

I am a part of the strata. Can we install solar PV system on my roof?

You will need an approval from strata management prior to installing rooftop solar systems.

About City of Parramatta Council

As the geographical, commercial and cultural capital of Western Sydney, Parramatta is the second largest CBD in Sydney and the 6th largest in the country. The City of Parramatta is going through great change and transformation. As Sydney’s Central City a strong focus on environmental sustainability will prepare our city for opportunities and challenges that unprecedented growth brings.

We believe a great city is one that grows better every day.

  • It’s a place where parks and green spaces, transport, swimming places and the skyline all grow together.
  • Our key environmental sustainability directions across 13 priority areas are outlined in City of Parramatta’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

With over 230,167 residents, the City of Parramatta includes:

  • Baulkham Hills
  • Beecroft
  • Camellia
  • Carlingford
  • Clyde
  • Constitution Hill
  • Dundas
  • Dundas Valley
  • Eastwood
  • Epping
  • Ermington
  • Granville
  • Harris Park
  • Homebush
  • Mays Hill
  • Melrose Park
  • Newington
  • North Parramatta
  • North Rocks
  • Northmead
  • Oatlands
  • Old Toongabbie
  • Parramatta
  • Pendle Hill
  • Rosehill
  • Rydalmere
  • Silverwater
  • Sydney Olympic Park
  • Telopea
  • Toongabbie
  • Wentworth Point
  • Wentworthville
  • Westmead
  • Winston Hills

About Council’s Environment and Sustainability programs

City of Parramatta offers a range of programs for community to help reduce their impact on the environment. Projects include:

  • Community workshops on energy, solar, waste, composting, recycling, growing our own food and sustainable living skills
  • Free sustainability assessments for households and businesses
  • Discounted compost bins and worm farms
  • Cool Parramatta – education program on extreme heat
  • Save Power Kits
  • Environmental programs for schools
  • Community garden program

For regular updates on Council environmental events, subscribe to the Facebook page Liveable Parramatta.

Check out these case studies of households in Parramatta, who have been helped by our energy experts.

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