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.

Required items: Building Permit Applications (one for the main electrical permit and one for the sub-permit, as needed), two sets of plans (site plans and elevation drawings), electrical and structural diagrams and calculations, product specifications and required documents, and NOAs (Notice of Acceptance) for rooftop installations only.

Plan Reviews: Electrical, Structural, Planning, Fire (for installation on commercial properties only), and Roofing (Rooftop installation only).

Inspections: Foundation, Building Final, Electrical Rough & Final, Fire Final (for installation on commercial properties only), and Planning Final.

Sub-Permit: Roofing, as needed.
Sub-Permit Inspections: Final Roofing, as needed.

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