Green Permits

Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Systems

Photovoltaics (PV) is a term that covers the conversion of sunlight into electricity by using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. A typical photovoltaic system employs solar panels, each comprising several numbers of solar cells, which generate electrical power. PV installations may be ground-mounted, rooftop mounted, or wall-mounted. Solar PV has a specific advantage as an energy source: once installed, its operation generates no pollution and no greenhouse gas emissions.

To encourage residents to use the Photovoltaic installations and support the City's resilience and sustainability initiatives, the City enacted Ordinance No. 2017-4153.This ordinance amended the fee schedule and waived all photovoltaic related building permit fees [Section 14-61.(p)] to promote the use of the Photovoltaic energy. A permit is still required. Please see below the list of required documents, plans review, and inspections.

To learn more about incentives and policies regarding solar in Miami Beach, click here.

Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) Discharge Control

Fats, Oils and Grease can severely damage the City's sanitary sewer system. FOG includes animal and vegetable fats, as well as oils used to cook and prepare food. Food Service Establishments (FSEs) such as restaurants, cafeterias and banquet halls use large volumes of FOG.

When poured down the drain, FOG can cause problems in sanitary sewer pipes and sewer laterals. Grease buildup in pipes can cause major damage to pipes and lead to sewage back-ups.

To prevent this, Miami-Dade County requires all FSEs to obtain a FOG Discharge Control (FOG) operating permit.  To ensure compliance, an inspector from the City's Building Department conducts periodic inspections of FSEs and gathers records of routine maintenance of grease interceptors and grease traps.

For more information regarding FOG Discharge Control inspections, please contact us at 305-673-7610, extension 22704.