Marin County - Solar Access Code (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California
Name Marin County - Solar Access Code
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2004-08-13
Last DSIRE Review 2010-12-07

References DSIRE[1]

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Marin County Code, Section 20.20.030 Energy conservation

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Planning Department
Department Marin County Community Development Agency
Address 3501 Civic Center Drive, #308
Place San Rafael, California
Zip/Postal Code 94903-4157
Phone (415) 499-6269


Marin County's Energy Conservation Code is designed to assure new subdivisions provide for future passive or natural heating or cooling opportunities in the subdivision to the extent feasible. Streets, lots, and building setbacks must be designed so that habitable buildings are oriented with their long axis running east to west (with a possible variation of thirty degrees to the southwest and thirty degrees to the southeast) for the purpose of solar access. The planning director or planning commission may require solar access easements or restrictive covenants to protect solar access.


  1.  "Database for Renewables & Efficiency"