City of Sacramento - Zoning and Subdivision Regulations (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California

Name City of Sacramento - Zoning and Subdivision Regulations
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-03

References DSIRE[1]


Sacramento City Code, Title 16, Section 16.48.110 ensures that the Director of Parks and Community Services gives consideration to solar access, to the extent feasible, when selecting and planting residential street trees near residential buildings.

Sacramento City Code, Title 17, Section 17.220.010 contains a provision requiring the planning commission or zoning administrator to consider energy conservation issues, including adequate orientation for maximum solar access. Furthermore, Section 17.60.040, which contains the zoning code’s height regulations, contains an exception for solar energy systems on top of buildings. The exception allows solar systems to be of a greater height than the limit established for the zone.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Carol Shearly
Department City of Sacramento
Division Planning Department
Address 915 I Street, New City Hall, 3rd Floor

Place Sacramento, California
Zip/Postal Code 95814
Phone (916) 808-5656


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

Authority 1: Sacramento City Code 16.48.110

Authority 2: Sacramento City Code 17.220.010

  • 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)"