City of Eugene - Solar Standards (Oregon)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Oregon

Name City of Eugene - Solar Standards
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Residential, Lowest Density Subdivision Development
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2001-02-02
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-22
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Solar Standards

The purpose of Eugene's Solar Standards, as described in sections 9.2780 through 9.2795 of the City of Eugene's City Code, is to create lot divisions, layouts and building configurations in a manner that is conducive to the availability of solar energy on one- and two-family dwellings. The goal is to promote the use of solar energy and to minimize shading of buildings by other buildings.

Solar Lot Standards

Solar lot standards apply to the creation of lots within subdivisions in R-1 and R-2 zones. In these zones, at least 70% of the lots in a subdivision must be designed as "solar lots" and need to meet certain standards. There are exemptions granted to the solar lot standards for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, topography, vegetation, conflicting city plans and density.

Solar Setback Standards

Solar setback standards apply to all structures on R-1 and R-2 zoned lots that are 4,000 square feet or greater, with a minimum north-south dimension of 75 feet. Buildings are required to be setback from the northern property line in accordance with the section of the code that addresses this issue. An applicant for a development permit for a building subject to these standards must submit verification on a form approved by the city manager that shows either the solar setback or how the structure qualifies for an exemption. If buildings on separate lots are attached or connected at a common lot line, the solar setback standards apply as if the buildings are a single building on a single lot composed of both lots.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Mike McKerrow
Department City of Eugene
Division Building and Permit Services Division
Address Atrium - 99 W. 10th

Place Eugene, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97401
Phone (541) 682-5251


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

Authority 1: City of Eugene City Codes Section 9.2780

  • 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)"