Washington Planning and Zoning: Opportunities for Local Governments to Support Rooftop Solar

March 2013

By: Joyce Phillips, Tim Stearns, Washington State Dept of Commerce

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Solar Energy

This guide is designed to help cities and counties in Washington support solar energy use through plans, development regulations, and permitting processes. It discusses the role of permitting, comprehensive planning, and development regulations in reducing the non-hardware related costs, or soft costs, of solar. It highlights noteworthy examples of regulations and programs from Washington state that focus on permitting, solar rights, solar easements, trees and vegetation, fire codes and safety, and solar ready buildings.