Santa Clara County - Solar Access for Subdivision Development (duplicate)

August 09, 2021


The intent of Solar Access for Subdivision Development (Part 9) is to implement and enforce the requirements of the California Solar Rights Act, that the design of all subdivisions for which a tentative map is required shall utilize natural heating and cooling opportunities to the maximum extent feasible and that the dedication of solar easements may be required as a condition of tentative map approval for new parcels in order to protect solar access. It is intended that the provisions of this part shall prevail over any other provisions of this Ordinance Code which may conflict with any of these requirements. No tentative subdivision map shall be approved after the effective date of this part unless the provisions of this part are met. An energy conservation plan shall be submitted with the tentative subdivision map. In proposed subdivisions where a building configuration has been developed, solar access easements shall be designed to protect solar access to proposed south roof and south wall areas and any proposed site for a solar energy system.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: California
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Pool Heating


Name: California Solar Rights Act
Date Enacted: 1978
Name: County of Santa Clara Ordinance Code C12-173
Date Enacted: 10/01/1980


Name: County of Santa Clara Department of Planning and Development
Address: 70 West Hedding Street, East Wing, 7th Floor
San Jose CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5770
Name: Kirk Girard

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.