New York Solar Easements & Solar Rights Laws

December 19, 2023


New York's real property laws allow for the creation of solar easements. Like those in many other states, these are voluntary contracts which must be entered into in order to ensure uninterrupted solar access for solar energy devices. Solar easement agreements are required at a minimum to contain information describing the easement location and orientation to real property subject to the easement, provisions for termination, and provisions for compensation in the event that interference occurs.

The New York General City, Town, and Village codes also allow local zoning districts to make regulations regarding solar access that provide for "the accommodation of solar energy systems and equipment and access to sunlight." The stated intent of the authorizing legislation enacted in 1979 recognizes "access to solar energy as a valid public purpose within the zoning authority of local governments." Additionally, S.B. 2997 (2021) prohibits homeowners' associations from adopting or enforcing "any rules or regulations that would effectively prohibit, or impose unreasonable limitations on, the installation or use of a solar power system."

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: New York
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Process Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics


Name: NY CLS Real Property § 335-b
Effective Date: 1979
Name: NY CLS General City § 20 (24)
Effective Date: 1981
Name: NY CLS Town § 263
Effective Date: 1981
Name: NY CLS Vill § 7-704
Effective Date: 1981
Name: NY Real Property Law § 342

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.