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Residential Rooftop-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permit

 The previous requirement for professional certification is no longer required. Photovoltaic (PV) projects meeting the criteria below do not require a plan review and can be submitted electronically using a Residential Rooftop-Mounted Solar PV Permit. 


A Residential Rooftop-Mounted Solar PV Permit is required to install a residential rooftop-mounted solar PV system or solar photovoltaic shingles. PV systems for single-family, duplex or townhouse roof installations designed per the template in Information Bulletin (IB) 301 will be self-issued with no plan review with the limits/allowances below.

  1. Not more than 38.4 kW AC maximum output.
  2. Fire Plan Review not required (see IB-301, Section F)
  3. Structural review not required (see IB-301, Section II, C, 1).
  4. No work necessitating a Combination Building Permit such as structural modifications to the roof structure, adding a new structure, etc.
  5. Scope can include the following scope of work, in addition to PV installation:

    1. A panel upgrade of up to 320 amps.
    2. An energy storage system up to 38.4 kWh with each unit no greater than 20 kWh.
    3. An Inverter-integrated electric vehicle charger.


Solar panels on a roof
Diagram of a residential solar installation

Plan Your Project

What You Should Know


Inspection, review and other fees vary based on the project scope. Learn more by reviewing Information Bulletin 301 - Solar Photovoltaic Systems.


No exemptions.

Compliant Outdoor Expansion

Apply for a Permit

Step 2

Read the PDF icon requirements for PDF file uploads.

Not following the PDF requirements will delay project review and approval.

Step 3

Review the Residential Solar PV Project Plan Template and incorporate all elements outlined within the template into your design.  All applicants are required to upload Building Construction Plans and specifications.

NOTE: The documents must be in PDF format. View PDF requirements

Step 4

Your PDF documents MUST meet our upload requirements. See Step 2 for more info.

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Step 5

Apply for the permit

You will be required to upload the completed PDF documents from Step 3.