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There are about 300 solar panel systems in Edmonton that produce enough electricity to power approximately 280 households annually! The majority of the systems are small scale roof-mounted systems on houses.

More solar energy technology within our community helps us be more self-sufficient  and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. To that end, the City of Edmonton has made it easier for homeowners to install solar panels on their roofs.

Project Stage

Zoning Bylaw Council Decision

Amendments to Zoning Bylaw 12800 were approved by City Council and came into effect on April 10, 2017 (Item 3.10).

What's Changed?

To encourage the installation of rooftop solar collectors in low-density residential areas, several new changes were made, including:

  • Roof mounted solar panels in low density residential areas no longer require a development permit, provided setback and height requirements are met.
  • Clear guidelines around appropriate projections into setbacks and height limitations in all zones were added.
  • Simplifying zoning regulations and in consideration of the likeness in size, appearance and use of “Solar-electrical (PV)” and “Solar Thermal” devices, definitions are consolidated under new ‘Solar Collector’ definition

Public Consultation

A stakeholder meeting was held in May 2016, with community, solar industry and utility groups. Stakeholder engagement details are provided in the Solar Energy Device Review Meeting Summary document.

For stakeholders who were unable to attend the meeting, a June Mixed Topic Survey was available from June 14 to 21, 2016. Feedback from the survey was used to inform the Text Amendment process. 

Interested in installing solar panels?

See contact information below to learn more about the regulations you need to follow to avoid needing a development permit, and about what electrical permits may be needed.

For More Information

Zoning Bylaw Team

Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development
2nd floor, 10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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