Permits and Variances for Solar Panels, Calculation of Impervious Cover (Maryland)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Maryland

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
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs















































Last DSIRE Review 2013-04-25
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
2012-05-24


References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)[1]


Summary

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
Date Effective 2012-10-01
Date Enacted 2012-05-22


Authority 2: Md. Land Use Code § 1-103
Date Effective 2012-10-01
Date Enacted 2012-05-22


Authority 3: Md. Land Use Code § 4-210
Date Effective 2012-10-01
Date Enacted 2012-05-22
















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"