- How tall can the tower be compared to the size of your property:
- E.g., One Texas ordinance states that tower heights of not more than 100 feet must be allowed on parcels of land between 1 and 5 acres. For properties with more than 5 acres, there is no tower height limitation other than that which is imposed by FAA regulations or recommended by the designer/manufacturer. Additionally, most ordinances provide that the minimum distance from the ground to the lowest reach of the blade or turbine must be 20 feet.
- Most ordinances appear to require that a wind turbine (or a wind energy system) be no closer to the properly line than one hundred twenty-five percent of the height of the tower
- Sound levels
- Most ordinances indicate that sound produced by the turbine or blades under normal operating conditions, must not exceed sixty decibels (typically measured at the ground along the property line)
- Texas ordinances state that towers must comply with the requirements of the FAA with regard to lighting
- Building permit applications
- Most ordinances require that the application be accompanied by a drawing or a site plan of the system and the component parts. An engineering analysis of the tower showing compliance with the International Building Code and certified by a licensed professional engineer is also typically required
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