Santa Cruz County - Solar Access Protection

October 24, 2023


Santa Cruz law aims to protect and encourage the successful use of solar energy in residential construction by requiring that solar energy systems be protected from shading by vegetation and structures. 

The County's Building Regulations Code requires that any obstructions of solar access to a registered solar energy system be mitigated to the maximum extent feasible during the review of any permit to construct a building, wall, fence or other structure, or part of structure on a property that could have an impact on the system. The Code also contains a provision to protect registered systems from shading by vegetation on neighboring property.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: California
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
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Name: Santa Cruz County Code, Chapter 12.28 Solar Access Protection


Name: Public Information
Organization: County of Santa Cruz
Address: 701 Ocean Street, 4th Floor
Santa Cruz CA 95060
Phone: (831) 454-2580

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.