Can a body corporate not permit a restaurant owner/renter from putting energy-saving solar panels on the roof to cut down electricity bills? – Judith, QLD

Body corporates may have the power to place restrictions on alterations made to the exterior of a building such as the installation of solar panels. You may to refer to the by-laws of the body corporate to get more clarity on your options. By-laws are a set of rules that a body corporate makes to control and manage the common property, body corporate assets, services and facilities and the use of lots.

You will also need to make an application to your committee providing them with all details for their consideration.