San Diego County - Solar Regulations (California)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California
Name San Diego County - Solar Regulations
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2004-08-11
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-14

References DSIRE[1]


The County of San Diego has established zoning guidelines for solar electric systems of varying sizes in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Photovoltaic (PV) systems which have their electricity consumed onsite are considered an accessory use in all zone types and are generally permitted as long as they meet the height and setback requirements. PV systems which generate power for offsite use and are located on parcels of land not larger than 10 acres may be allowed with an Administrative Permit in all zones. Applicable projects must follow the Administrative Permit Procedure and meet certain PV-specific requirements before an Administrative Permit may be issued. All offsite solar projects on land larger than 10 acres are considered a Major Impact Service and Utility in all zones and will require a Major Use Permit.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Building Division
Department County of San Diego
Division Department of Planning and Land Use
Address 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite B
Place San Diego, California
Zip/Postal Code 92123-1666
Phone (858) 565-5920


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

Authority 1: San Diego County Zoning Ordinance 6952

  • 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)"