Permitting is one of the biggest roadblocks to solar growth at the local level. Across the 18,000 local jurisdiction in the U.S., the solar permitting process differs greatly and is often: expensive, time-consuming, and outdated.
By implementing a streamlined and more standardized permitting process, local governments make installing solar faster, easier, and more affordable for their staff, local residents and businesses, and solar companies.
For SolSmart participants, adopting the solar permitting processes outlined below will meet SolSmart criteria P-1/P-2/P-3/P-6/P-7.
Read more about the solar permitting process and how SolSmart can help.
The following steps are intended to provide a format whereby local jurisdictions and contractors can permit simple PV system installations. This format adheres to all International Code Council (ICC) Building, Residential, and Electrical code standards set for PV systems. The Structural and Electrical Commentaries in Steps 2 and 3 provide background explanations for these guidelines.