City of Oakland - Solar Access Ordinance (California)

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Last modified on August 11, 2011.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California

Name City of Oakland - Solar Access Ordinance
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential

Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

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

References DSIRE[1]


The City of Oakland Planning and Zoning Division will approve applications submitted under the Additions and Alterations Discretionary Procedure only upon determination that the proposal conforms to the conditions set forth in the Special Residential Design Review Standards and Criteria. The Standards specify “That the building addition is oriented in a manner that provides solar access for interior rooms, where desirable, and maintains direct sunlight to adjacent properties wherever possible.” It also sets forth the period in which the impact of shadows is to be considered. The city has a mediation procedure in place for any disputes that may arise over solar access rights.

The Special Residential Design Review Standards and Criteria were originally written in January, 1992 and were revised in March, 2004.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Program Advisor
Department City of Santa Monica
Division Green Building
Address 1685 Main Street
Address 2 RM 113
Place Santa Monica, California
Zip/Postal Code 90402
Phone (310) 458-8549


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

Authority 1: City of Oakland Special Residential Design Review Standards and Criteria

  • 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)"