A solar energy system permit is required for the installation or alteration of all residential solar energy systems two acres or less than two acres in size. Solar energy systems for residential use that are greater than two acres, require a special use permit through the zoning division.
Submitted plans for residential solar permits must comply with plan review requirements .
The Solar Plan Requirements Form will assist you with your application.
Ground-mounted solar panels are required to meet the setbacks set forth by the County’s Zoning Ordinance . To verify your property zoning classification, please visit Rockingham County’s GIS Map.
If the property is located within town limits, the town will administer all zoning and related regulations. To determine if your property is located within a town, please visit Rockingham County’s GIS Map.
Building and related permits can be applied for in person or by using the online portal. To best prepare, have all supporting documents complete before applying.