On June 12, Dublin City Council voted to adopt revised zoning code regulations surrounding the use of renewable energy equipment for solar, including rules regarding location, materials and aesthetics for installation on residential and non-residential properties. The revised code is here: 2023 Renewable Energy Equipment Solar Code.
The City’s renewable energy equipment (solar) regulations promote sustainable environmental practices and stewardship, while balancing the high-quality development standards that define the character of the community. Promoting renewable energy is an intentional objective of the City of Dublin and these regulations promote the installation of solar energy, among other renewable energy practices, in the most effective method possible.
Installation of any solar energy equipment requires permits through the City of Dublin Building Division.
- Residential Areas: Roof-mounted equipment is permitted to the side and rear of a structure. Equipment is permitted to the front of structure when it is demonstrated that it promotes the greatest efficiency. In order to show this, residents need to provide documentation from the solar company with the permit application. There are additional requirements including panels shall be mounted parallel to the roof plane, limit protrusions, not extend beyond the ridgeline or edge of building, use a single material, similar configuration as roof line, minimize corners, installed in a rectangular configuration and be similar color as roof.
- Non-Residential Areas: Roof-mounted equipment must meet the same requirements as non-residential equipment and is the only district that permits ground-mounted equipment. Ground-mounted equipment is only permitted as an accessory use. Equipment shall meet all zoning requirements, including setback and lot coverage requirements, clearance zones, and screening. Ground-mounted solar is permitted as solar canopies over parking areas or seating areas.
- Additional aesthetic requirements for all districts include concealing frames, flashing and other elements of construction, required to be in working order, minimize gaps within panels and does not permit white or grey grid lines.
- Installation of solar energy equipment requires permits through the City of Dublin Building Division.