The County of Sonoma has adopted changes to the Zoning Code that enable the construction and use of renewable energy facilities throughout the county, while protecting sensitive resources and ensuring neighborhood compatibility. These changes became effective on 10-10-2013 and apply to parcels throughout the county, except in the coastal zone.
Renewable energy is considered a more sustainable energy supply because it is derived from sources that are naturally replenished including biomass, geothermal, solar and wind. The changes implement the resource conservation policies of the County’s General Plan to provide for widespread use of renewable energy through distributed generation and increase opportunities for renewable energy power producers. This effort was funded in part by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the Department of Energy.
Renewable Energy projects are classified into two categories, Accessory Systems & Commercial Facilities:
Renewable Energy Provisions and Special Use Standards
The adopted Renewable Energy provisions and the Special Use Standards for each type of renewable energy use are as follows:
Renewable Energy Ordinance
Allowable Uses and Permit Requirements for Renewable Energy Systems and Facilities
General Development and Special Use Standards
Solar Energy (PDF)
Wind Energy (PDF)
Incentives for Renewable Energy Systems
Density Bonus (PDF)
Summary Fact Sheets
Density Bonus (PDF)
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For accessibility assistance with these documents, please contact the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) at (707) 565-1900.
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