Maricopa County - Renewable Energy Systems Zoning Ordinance

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Arizona
Additional Place applies to Maricopa County
Name Maricopa County - Renewable Energy Systems Zoning Ordinance
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Hydroelectric, Landfill Gas, Other Distributed Generation Technologies, Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat, Wind, Unspecified technologies
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Last DSIRE Review 2012-07-16
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

Incentive Source


The Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance contains provisions for siting renewable energy systems. The ordinance defines renewable energy as "energy derived primarily from sources other than fossil fuels or nuclear fission." Renewable energy systems may be built in any zoning district within the county as long as certain siting requirements are met.

Setbacks: Renewable energy systems must be set back at least 3 feet away from the side or rear lot lines. Setback requirements for front lot lines and for corner lots vary by zoning district.

Height Limitations: Ground-mounted equipment for non-solar or wind equipment which is located in a side lot may not be taller than 6 feet, unless it is screened from view. All other height regulations are set by the individual zoning districts.

Dilapidation: Systems that become inoperable must either be fixed or removed from the property (at the owner's expense) within 1 year of becoming inoperable.

Off-grid solar panels that only serve a single electric fixture or appliance are exempt from the provisions of the zoning ordinance, except the dilapidation requirements.

Information regarding solar permitting requirements is available here.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Customer Service
Department Maricopa County
Division Planning and Development Department

Place Maricopa County, Arizona
Phone (602) 506-3301
Fax (602) 506-3601

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

Authority 1: Zoning Ordinance Section 1206

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


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