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Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems: A Standardized Process for the Review of Small-Scale PV Systems

This report presents an expedited permit process for small-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems. The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) recommends that local jurisdictions use this process for awarding building permits to installers of small PV systems. Use of this process simplifies the requirements for the contractor submitting the request and reduces the time needed for the local jurisdiction providing structural and electrical review of the permit application. The one-page expedited permit process and the accompanying guidelines explaining each step provide a means to differentiate PV systems that can be permitted quickly and easily due to their similarity with the majority of small-scale PV systems. Those systems with unique characteristics may be handled with minimal additions to this expedited process or may require additional information, depending on the uniqueness of the installation.

Related Criteria

  • P-3: Distinguish between systems qualifying for streamlined or standard review.
  • P-7: Adopt a standard solar PV permit form aligned with best practices (e.g. Solar ABCs).
  • CC-3: Offer design guidelines for solar PV aligned with National Electrical Code and fire code.
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