City of Los Angeles - Zoning Code (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California
Name City of Los Angeles - Zoning Code
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Historical building, structure or property
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2001-02-02
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-11
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Chapter I of Los Angeles' Municipal Code, Height of Building or Structures, provides an exemption for solar energy devices, or similar structures. They may be erected above the height limit specified in the district in which the property is located. In all zones, solar devices may exceed the roof surface by 3 feet even if the roof surface is at or above the allowable building height limit. In all zones except R1 and more restrictive zones, solar devices built on a flat roof may exceed the roof surface by up to 15 feet. In the R1 and more restrictive zones, a solar device may exceed the roof surface by up to 15 feet on a flat roof only if the structure is also used for the purpose of shading a habitable rooftop deck or rooftop parking.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Bill Glauz, P.E.
Department Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Address P.O. Box 111
Address 2 111 North Hope Street, Room 940
Place Los Angeles, California
Zip/Postal Code 90051
Phone (213) 367-0410


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

Authority 1: Los Angeles Municipal Code Chapter 1 Section 12.21.1

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"