Solar Energy Systems Ordinance & Regulations



Approved Solar Energy Systems
Ordinance & Regulations


On June 20, 2011, the Gurnee Village Board approved an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance relating to Solar Energy Systems (i.e. solar panels, solar collectors, etc) on residentially and non-residentially zoned and/or used properties in the Village of Gurnee.  The purpose of the ordinance is to create regulations for Small Solar Energy Systems, which are solar energy systems that are primarily used to produce power for the same property/building on which the system is located.  The approved ordinance created separate zoning regulations for solar energy systems placed on buildings (Building Mounted Solar Energy Systems) and solar energy systems on the ground (Ground Mounted Solar Energy Systems). 

Placement of a solar energy system requires that all ordinance requirements have been met including, but not limited to, type, mounting location, setbacks, height, etc [see attached ordinance for all zoning requirements].  Because the requirements vary depending on the type, location, and mounting of the solar energy system, it is recommended that prior to purchasing a solar energy system that you review these requirements in detail or contact a Planning & Zoning staff member to discuss your project.  Planning & Zoning staff will be able to provide you with general information and direction regarding the zoning requirements for a solar energy system. [While not directly part of the ordinance update, it is also recommended that you contact Building Safety staff to determine what building code requirements would have to be satisfied.]

When do these restrictions take effect? 

The restrictions took place immediately following the passage of the ordinance.

Where can I find more info? 

For more information or clarification, please view the ordinance linked to this summary or contact the Planning & Zoning Division at (847) 599-7550 during the normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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