Permits and Variances for Solar Panels, Calculation of Impervious Cover (Maryland)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
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|Name||Permits and Variances for Solar Panels, Calculation of Impervious Cover (Maryland)|
|Incentive Type||Solar/Wind Permitting Standards|
|Applicable Sector||Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government|
|Eligible Technologies||Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Last DSIRE Review||2013-04-25|
| Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
|References||Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)|
In May 2012 Maryland enacted legislation stating that any calculation of "impervious surface" required by state or local authorities as part of a permit or variance relating to zoning, construction, or stormwater may only include the foundation or base supporting the solar panel. The law generally applies statewide, including charter counties and Baltimore City. It does not however apply in a defined "critical area", including the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and the Coastal Bays Critical Area. The term "solar panel" is not specifically defined, but presumably would include both solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal panels.
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Md. Land Use Code § 1-401|
|Authority 2:||Md. Land Use Code § 1-103|
|Authority 3:||Md. Land Use Code § 4-210|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.