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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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City of Los Angeles - Zoning Code   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/11/2012
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Access Policy
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Historical building, structure or property
Authority 1:
Los Angeles Municipal Code Chapter 1 Section 12.21.1

Chapter I of Los Angeles' Municipal Code, Height of Building or Structures, provides an exemption for solar energy devices, or similar structures. They may be erected above the height limit specified in the district in which the property is located. In all zones, solar devices may exceed the roof surface by 3 feet even if the roof surface is at or above the allowable building height limit. In all zones except R1 and more restrictive zones, solar devices built on a flat roof may exceed the roof surface by up to 15 feet. In the R1 and more restrictive zones, a solar device may exceed the roof surface by up to 15 feet on a flat roof only if the structure is also used for the purpose of shading a habitable rooftop deck or rooftop parking.

  Bill Glauz, P.E.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
P.O. Box 111
111 North Hope Street, Room 940
Los Angeles, CA 90051
Phone: (213) 367-0410
Fax: (213) 367-2591
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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