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City of Sebastopol - Solar Access

Eligibility 
Local Government
Savings Category 
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Program Info
State 
California
Program Type 
Solar/Wind Access Policy
Provider 
City of Sebastopol

As a condition of approval of a property subdivision parcel map, the City of Sebastopol has the right to ask for dedication of solar easements for the purpose of assuring that each parcel or unit in the subdivision receives sunlight for any solar energy system. Sebastopol also has the right to place restrictions on vegetation or building that would interfere with solar access. These easements can be required as long as they do not reduce allowable densities or the percentage of a lot that can be occupied by a structure according to applicable zoning laws. The easements do not apply to condominium projects subdividing airspace in an existing building.