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Franklin Lakes Revises Its Solar Panel Rules

Franklin Lakes changes its rules on solar panels.
Franklin Lakes changes its rules on solar panels. Photo Credit: wikipedia

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. -- The Franklin Lakes council has adopted an ordinance to make the borough's solar energy and construction ordinances state-code compliant, according to NorthJersey.com.

The move addresses the issues Robert Hilzer of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs raised in his Oct. 8 letter. He noted that parts of the borough’s ordinances were superseded by either state and international codes -- so should be eliminated, NorthJersey.com said.

As noted by NorthJersey.com, the eliminated rules include:

  • three-foot access requirements around solar panels, mechanical units and skylights -- these are addressed in state code
  • signage requirement for solar installation -- because not required by state code
  • requirement of external system disconnect switch -- covered in state codes
  • identifying emblems for residential structures with truss construction -- because not required under state code

Bivona emphasized that the changes don't affect the borough requirements that limit solar-panel locations to the front or rear roof, NorthJersey.com said.

Read NorthJersey.com's full article here.

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