Homeowners will no longer need approval from the county Board of Adjustment to install a windmill on their property, just a building permit.
To get that permit, applicants will have to submit an engineering certificate and meet other requirements to install their wind turbine. Sussex County Council made the change at its meeting today. Previously, windmills were not allowed in residential districts without a special use exception approved by the Board of Adjustment.
“We wanted to make sure the county has the appropriate controls in place so those who want windmills can have them, while still taking into consideration the public’s safety and best interests,” said County Administrator David Baker.
The new rules are now in effect. You can see the new rules on Sussex County’s website.