Santa Cruz - Solar Access Ordinance (California)

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Last modified on January 22, 2013.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California
Name City of Santa Cruz - Solar Access Ordinance
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Daylighting, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2004-08-11
Last DSIRE Review 2010-09-28

References DSIRE[1]


See "City of Santa Cruz - Solar Access Ordinance (California)" for up to date information.

Before a development plan can be approved in the City of Santa Cruz, it must be found that the orientation and location of buildings, structures, open spaces and other features of the site plan preserve solar access of adjacent properties. In addition, buildings and structures should be designed and oriented to make use of natural elements such as solar radiation, wind and landscaping for heating, cooling and ventilation. Developers must also show that heating systems for hot tubs and swimming pools are solar when possible, and in all cases, energy efficient.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Customer Service
Department City of Santa Cruz
Division Planning and Community Development
Address 809 Center Street, Room 206
Place Santa Cruz, California
Zip/Postal Code 95060
Phone (831) 420-5100


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

Authority 1: Santa Cruz Municipal Code, Title 24.08.430

  • 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)"