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    • Will County, IL, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The county's zoning code addresses solar energy systems and animal keeping in residential districts.
      Will County, IL
    • Southampton, NY, Municipal Code

      2008
      The town's building regulations designate a senior housing zone in its downtown district, and establish a fast-track permitting system for residential solar energy systems.
      Southampton town, NY
    • Ventura, CA, Municipal Code

      2017
      The development code protects environmentally sensitive habitat areas and recommends sustainable design features, including solar readiness.
      San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA
    • East Stroudsburg, PA, Municipal Code

      2016
      The borough's zoning code permits accessory solar energy systems in all districts and addresses home gardening.
      East Stroudsburg borough, PA
    • Model Ordinance for Smaller-Scale Solar Energy Projects in Virginia (By Right Permitting)

      2012
      This model ordinance provides suggested language for consideration by Virginia localities in framing their own local solar ordinance for smaller-scale solar energy projects.
      Virginia
    • Model As-of-Right Zoning Bylaw: Allowing Use of Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations

      2014
      This model bylaw from Massachusetts offers zoning standards to facilitate development of large-scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations.
      Massachusetts
    • Solar Energy Standards - Urban Communities

      Updated 2014
      by: Brian Ross, AICP
      This model solar energy system ordinance with commentary for Minnesota communities addresses standards for accessory solar energy systems, provides for solar access protections, prohibits private covenants from restricting solar energy use, and offers incentives for solar energy system installations and solar access protections.
      Minnesota
    • Solar Energy Standards - Counties

      Updated 2014
      by: Brian Ross, AICP
      This model ordinance for counties in Minnesota provides a template for zoning regulations for large-scale solar energy systems.
      Minnesota
    • Guilford County, NC, Development Ordinance

      2015
      The county's development ordinance addresses agritourism as well as accessory and principal solar energy systems within the county.
      Guilford County, NC
    • Scottsdale, AZ, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The city's zoning code includes an overlay district to protect environmentally sensitive lands and a number of requirements addressing solar design and solar access protections.
      Scottsdale, AZ
    • Renewable Energy Ordinance Framework – Solar

      2015
      This document provides municipalities with a framework for drafting their own ordinances for small-scale accessory solar energy systems, offering a menu of sample ordinance language options to build a customized ordinance that addresses local issues.
      Philadelphia, PA
    • Chico, CA, 2030 General Plan

      Adopted 2011
      The city's General Plan includes policy recommendations that address housing an aging population and support solar energy use.
      Chico, CA
    • North Port, FL, Unified Land Development Code

      2017
      The city's unified land development code addresses solar access and siting considerations, as well as urban forestry.
      North Port, FL
    • Portsmouth, VA, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The city adopted a new zoning code in 2010 that addresses active transportation, solar energy use, and variances.
      Portsmouth, VA
    • Butte County, CA, Zoning Ordinance

      2018
      The county's zoning ordinance addresses agritourism and farmland protection and defines and provides standards for four tiers of solar utility uses.
      Butte County, CA
    • Troy, MI, Zoning Ordinance

      2016
      The city adopted a new zoning code in 2011 that addresses solar energy use.
      Troy, MI
    • Lowell, MA, Sustainable Lowell 2025

      Adopted 2013
      Lowell’s master plan includes a vision statement based on four principles, as well as goals that prioritize the installation of solar arrays on both homes and municipal properties.
      Lowell, MA
    • Longmont, CO, Code of Ordinances

      2016
      The city's land development code defines and regulates small-cell wireless and addresses solar, as does its mandatory green building code.
      Longmont, CO
    • Richmond, CA, General Plan 2030

      Adopted 2012
      The city’s general plan includes several policy recommendations that support solar energy development as well as community gardens and urban farms.
      Richmond, CA
    • Rock Island, IL, Comprehensive Plan

      Adopted April 2014
      The city's comprehensive plan includes a planning framework vision, as well as policies that support food systems and solar energy.
      Rock Island, IL
    • Milwaukee, WI, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The city's zoning ordinance permits solar farms by right and includes multiple types of policy-driven off-street parking requirements; the city's animal code addresses the keeping of chickens and honeybees within the city.
      Milwaukee, WI
    • Issaquah, WA, Municipal Code

      2017
      The city's land-use code addresses accessory solar energy systems and conflicts with trees, as well as the keeping of farm animals and honeybees in residential districts.
      Issaquah, WA
    • Lakewood, CO, Municipal Code

      2017
      The city's zoning ordinance addresses accessory and primary use solar energy systems, solar easements, and animal keeping.
      Lakewood, CO
    • Los Alamos County, NM, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The county's code provides for solar access protections and the keeping of livestock in residential districts.
      Los Alamos County, NM
    • Newark, DE, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The city's codified ordinances addresses solar energy use and student housing.
      Newark, DE
    • Wilmington, NC, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The city's codified ordinances address solar energy use and student housing.
      Wilmington, NC
    • Thornton, CO, Code of Ordinances

      2016
      The city's development code addresses wireless telecommunication facilities in the public rights-of-way and solar energy.
      Thornton, CO
    • Palm Desert, CA, Comprehensive General Plan

      Adopted November, 2016
      The city's general plan provides several policies and programs that support development of solar and other local alternative energy sources, as well as conservation of environmentally sensitive areas.
      Palm Desert, CA
    • Marion County, OR, County Code

      2017
      The county's zoning code regulates three categories of agritourism uses and addresses accessory solar energy systems and solar PV power generating facilities.
      Marion County, OR
    • Tempe, AZ, City Code

      2017
      The city's zoning and development code supports solar energy use and urban agriculture and includes policy-driven off-street parking requirements.
      Tempe, AZ
    • Chico, CA, Municipal Code

      2017
      The city's zoning code protects open spaces and regulates solar energy collection.
      Chico, CA
    • Philadelphia, PA, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The city's zoning code permits accessory roof-mounted and ground-mounted solar collectors and urban agriculture, and establishes a civic design review process.
      Philadelphia, PA
    • Laramie, WY, Unified Development Code

      2017
      The city adopted a new unified development code in 2010 that addresses active transportation and solar energy use.
      Laramie, WY
    • Queen Annes County, MD, County Code

      2018
      by: Queen Annes County Planning
      The county code allows solar arrays as conditional uses in certain districts and authorizes transfer of development rights for environmental preservation.
      Queen Anne's County, MD
    • Henderson, NV, Development Code

      2017
      The city's development code addresses group homes, permits multiple types of medical-marijuana-related uses, and supports solar energy use.
      Henderson, NV
    • Cedar Rapids, IA, Municipal Code

      2017
      The city's zoning code permits accessory solar energy collectors subject to accessory structure standards; the city's code also permits urban chicken-keeping within the city.
      Cedar Rapids, IA
    • Naperville, IL, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The city's zoning ordinance addresses accessory solar energy systems; the animal control ordinance addresses fowl and livestock as well as beekeeping.
      Naperville, IL
    • Broward County, FL, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The county's zoning code addresses farmland protections and solar energy systems, and its Commercial Redevelopment Overlay is intended to reverse the decline of commercial properties.
      Broward County, FL
    • Story County, IA, Land Development Regulations

      2016
      The county's land development code includes content-neutral sign regulations and permits accessory solar energy systems in most zoning districts.
      Story County, IA
    • North Kingstown, RI, Revised Ordinances

      2017
      This zoning ordinance addresses solar in PUDs and specifies agricultural uses as permitted uses within the open space of conservation subdivisions.
      North Kingstown town, RI
    • Whitewater, WI, Municipal Code

      2017
      The city's codified ordinances address grayfields reuse and redevelopment, solar energy, and tactical urbanism.
      Whitewater, WI
    • Corvallis, OR, Comprehensive Plan

      Updated 2016
      The Energy article in the city's comprehensive plan includes several vision statements and policies supporting the use and development of solar energy.
      Corvallis, OR
    • Denton, TX, Development Code

      2017
      The city's development regulations protects environmentally sensitive areas and allows for solar panel placement in historic districts.
      Denton, TX
    • Pinellas County, FL, Comprehensive Plan

      Adopted 2010
      The county's comprehensive plan includes goals, objectives, and policies that address solar energy use and group housing.
      Pinellas County, FL
    • Rosemount, MN, City Code

      2017
      The city's zoning code protects environmentally sensitive areas and permits various types of solar energy systems.
      Rosemount, MN
    • Bradenton, FL, Code of Ordinances

      2016
      The city's land use regulations list solar collectors as a permitted residential accessory use, and their Planned Redevelopment Project administrative approval incentivizes grayfield redevelopment.
      Bradenton, FL
    • Roseville, CA, Municipal Code

      2017
      The city's zoning code permits multiple social service uses and residential solar energy systems.
      Roseville, CA
    • Hillsborough County, FL, Land Development Code

      2017
      The county's land development code allows primary use solar energy systems as a conditional use in several districts and provides development standards, and also features a commercial retrofit ordinance to facilitate grayfield redevelopment.
      Hillsborough County, FL
    • Chula Vista, CA, Municipal Code

      2016
      The city's planning and zoning code permits accessory dwelling units, subject to use-specific standards, and requires solar-ready homes.
      Chula Vista, CA
    • Pinellas County, FL, Code of Ordinances

      2017
      The county's land development code requires that solar panels within the historic district must be concealed from public view and allows for the keeping of chickens in residential districts.
      Pinellas County, FL

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