Solar Easements & Local Option Solar Rights Laws (Utah)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Utah
Name Solar Easements and Local Option Solar Rights Laws
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-05

References DSIRE[1]


Utah's solar easement provisions are similar to easement provisions in many other states. Parties may voluntarily enter into written solar easement contracts that are enforceable by law. An easement must be created in writing and filed, duly recorded and indexed in the office of the recorder of the county in which the easement is granted. A solar easement, once created, runs with the land and does not terminate unless specified by conditions of the easement.

State law also stipulates that local zoning authorities may adopt regulations that mandate solar access and specifically grants governing bodies the right to refuse any plat or subdivision plan if deed restrictions, covenants or other agreements running with the land prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting reasonably sited and designed solar collectors or other renewable resource devices including clothes lines.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - UT Att.Gen.
Department Utah Attorney General's Office
Division Natural Resources Division
Address Box 140855
Place Salt Lake City, Utah
Zip/Postal Code 84114-0855
Phone (801) 538-9600


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

Authority 1: Utah Code 57-13
Date Enacted 1979-01-01

Authority 2: Utah Code 10-9a-610

  • 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)"