E3A Small Wind: Siting and Permitting

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Developed by Montana State University Extension and the University of Wyoming
Adapted with permission

This guide is one in the Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives (E3A): Small Wind Energy Applications for the Home, Farm or Ranch series. This one provides general guidelines for siting a wind turbine and lists common issues you may run into with local ordinances.


  • Air traffic
  • Birds
  • Communicate with neighbors
  • Compliance with FAA regulations, building codes, electrical codes
  • Documents
  • Equipment
  • Interference with telecommunications
  • Lighting
  • Neighboring turbines
  • Noise
  • Optimize the wind resource
  • Parcel size
  • Property values
  • Safety
  • Setback
  • Soil testing
  • Tower height
  • Utility notification
  • Visual impact


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