Hillsborough County - Solar and Wind Standards

August 17, 2023


The Land Development Code for Hillsborough County outlines the appropriate uses and guidelines for the operation of a solar energy production facility and a wind energy conversion system (WECS).

For a solar facility in an agricultural zone, the proposed lot size shall be a minimum of five (5) acres. There should be a setback of 50 feet from all boundaries of the site. The solar panels should be ground mounted and have a maximum height of 15 feet.

Ground-mounted facilities must be enclosed with a fence. On-site power lines and interconnections shall be placed underground. Facilities will be considered abandoned after a one-year period without energy production.

For a WECS the maximum structure height is 45 feet in a residential area, measured from the ground to the top of the fixed portion of the tower (this excludes the wind turbine). The maximum height is 120 feet in all other zoning districts. There are protections for certain species and birds that may restrict construction of a WECS. Noise can affect the installation of a WECS, if the system is too loud.

For a full list of Permit and Inspection requirements see this form.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Florida
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Web Site: https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/government/departments/development
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)


Name: Hillsborough County Land Development Code - Wind Energy Conversion Systems
Name: Hillsborough County Land Development Code - Solar Energy Production Facility


Name: Adam Gormly
Organization: Department of Development Services
Address: 601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa FL 33602
Phone: (813) 272-5600

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.