City of Chicago - Solar Zoning Policy

September 22, 2023


The City of Chicago has published a solar zoning policy to illustrate and streamline the requirements for zoning review of solar PV systems within the city. The published policy consists of guidelines and is not an ordinance; the City reserves the right to deny zoning approval to any PV system even if it meets the requirements listed in the policy.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
Web Site:
Start Date: November 2015
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics


Name: City of Chicago Solar Zoning Policy
Date Enacted: November 2015


Name: City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
Address: 121 N LaSalle St.
Chicago IL 60602
Phone: (312) 744-3653

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.