San Diego County - Solar Zoning Regulations

March 11, 2016


The County of San Diego has established zoning guidelines for solar electric systems of varying sizes in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Photovoltaic (PV) systems which have their electricity consumed onsite are considered an accessory use in all zone types and are generally permitted as long as they meet the height and setback requirements. PV systems which generate power for offsite use and are located on parcels of land not larger than 10 acres may be allowed with an Administrative Permit in all zones. Applicable projects must follow the Administrative Permit Procedure and meet certain PV-specific requirements before an Administrative Permit may be issued. All offsite solar projects on land larger than 10 acres are considered a Major Impact Service and Utility in all zones and will require a Major Use Permit.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: California
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics


Name: San Diego County Zoning Ordinance 6954


Name: Building Division
Organization: County of San Diego
Address: 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite B
San Diego CA 92123-1666
Phone: (858) 694-2960

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.