City of Boulder - Solar Access Ordinance (Colorado)
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Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||City of Boulder - Solar Access Ordinance|
|Incentive Type||Solar/Wind Access Policy|
|Applicable Sector||Construction, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Date added to DSIRE||2001-02-02|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-07-23|
The City of Boulder's solar access ordinance guarantees access, or "solar fences," to sunlight for homeowners and renters in the city. This is done by setting limits on the amount of permitted shading by new construction. A solar access permit is available to those who have installed or who plan to install a solar energy system and need more protection than is provided by the ordinance. For new developments, all units which are not planned to incorporate solar features must be sited to provide good solar access and not shade adjacent structures. They must also have roofs capable of supporting at least 75 square feet of solar collectors per dwelling unit. Non-residential buildings have similar requirements for siting. When applying for a permit, a simple shadow analysis must be submitted to the city’s building department.
|Contact Name||Customer Service|
|Department||City of Boulder|
|Division||Building Services Center|
|Address||P.O. Box 791|
|Address 2||1739 Broadway, Third Floor|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Municipal Code of Boulder 9-9-17|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.