Do you need a solar system installation permit for your new system? The answer is probably yes on several fronts. The company you are purchasing the equipment from and doing the installation for you should know this and help you with the preparation of the applications as well as any inspections that may be required. This should be part of the service package that is offered and frankly that you will be paying for. There are three areas as a minimum that may be required depending on the city or county that you live in.
Solar System Installation Permit
The permits that you may need to have are as follows:
- Construction permit to make major changes to your roof
- Electrical installation permit and inspection
- Connection to the electrical grid
All of these permits have their own specific requirements and may be applied for at different times as well depending on whether you are attaching your system to the electrical grid or not and whether you plan to sell power back to the electrical company or not.
Construction permit to make major changes to your roof – most cities and towns require construction permits if you plan to make any major changes on your property. It is really a way of increasing taxes, but it also ensures that all construction adheres to local bylaw requirements as well.
Electrical installation permit and inspection – all electrical installations of any kind need to be inspected before they are turned on. This is to prevent fire and avoid any safety hazards from improper installations. The permit process gets the ball rolling.
Connection to the electrical grid – if you plan to connect your system to the electrical grid and sell power back to the electrical company that provides power to you, they will not only want to inspect your system, they will demand specific safeguards are in place to protect you and them from power surges, from transient currents and insure the quality of the power being provided.
Don’t be surprised and have your project delayed. Apply for all of the appropriate permits before you begin installation and actually before you spend a lot of money on equipment.