MD DC DE VA Solar Energy Industries Association

NoVA Fire Code Setbacks Matter Resolved


Jan 16


MDV-SEIA was informed of a firecode setback issue in Arlington and responded quickly with the letter we previously secured from the Dept of Housing and Community Development, and the matter has been resolved. Arlington County Building Enforcement will not enforce the 2012 Fire Code clause dictating solar PV systems incorporate a 3’ barrier or ‘setback’ on all sides of the solar array to allow fire fighters to access the roof in case of a fire.

We’d also like to thank Chris Somers and Joan Kelsch of Arlington County and Aaron Sutch from VA SUN for their support in balancing safety concerns and the rights of residents to go solar as we worked to resolve this matter.

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