Permitting in My Community

Installing a solar system on your property requires a permit to ensure the system is safe and meets all applicable codes, standards, and local requirements. The permitting process differs across jurisdictions, so be sure to inquire about your local standards before getting started on a project. A solar contractor will make the process a snap, filling out and submitting forms to your local building department for you.

To get started, simply locate your jurisdiction from the list below to get a summary of their permitting requirements and to access their permitting applications.

Submit One Permit Application To:
Department of Building & Safety

In-Person Permit Submittals:

Midvale City Hall
655 West Center
Midvale, Utah 84047

Online Permit Submittals:
Not available at this time

Contact:
Donna Jackson
(801) 567-7210
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Departments That Review Building Permit Applications:
Department of Building & Safety
Department of Planning & Zoning

Professional Engineer Approvals Required:
Electrical
Structural

Customized Action Plan:
Midvale CAP cover   To learn more about how Midvale City is working to meet solar permitting best practices, see Midvale's Customized Action Plan to Cut Costs and Red Tape.

Submit One Permit Application To:
Park City Building Department
If your building is located in a historic district, special approval may be necessary and you may be subject to design guidelines.
Park City will waive up to $1000 in building and inspection fees through 2013 for renewable energy upgrades! Learn more.

In-Person Permit Submittals:
445 Marsac Avenue
Park City, UT 84060

Online Permit Submittals:
not available at this time

Contact:
Park City Building Department
(435) 615-5100

Departments That Review Building Permit Applications:
Park City Building Department

Professional Engineer Approvals Required:
Electrical
Mechanical
Structural

Customized Action Plan:
Park City CAP cover   To learn more about how Park City is working to meet solar permitting best practices, see Park City's Customized Action Plan to Cut Costs and Red Tape

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Submit One Permit Application To:
Department of Building Services & Civil Enforcement

Online Permit Submittals and Application:
Submit your permit online

Use Salt Lake City's Permit Checklist to ensure you have all necessary documents prepared.

In-Person Permit Submittals and Application:
City & County Building
451 South State, Rooms 215-218
Salt Lake City, Utah

Permitting Fees for Salt Lake City

Solar Permitting Contact:
Lisa Shaffer
(801) 535-7733
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Departments That Review Building Permit Applications:
Department of Building Services & Civil Enforcement
Planning Department

Professional Engineer Approvals Required:
Structural

Frequently Asked Questions about Salt Lake City Permits

Customized Action Plan:  
Salt Lake City CAP cover To learn more about how Salt Lake City is working to meet solar permitting best practices, see Salt Lake City's Customized Action Plan to Cut Costs and Red Tape.

Submit One Permit Application To:
Department of Building and Inspection

Online Permit Submittals and Application:
Not available at this time

In-Person Permit Submittals:
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84190

Contact:
Brent Ursenbach
(385) 468-6694
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Learn more about: Obtaining a building permit in Salt Lake County.

Departments That Review Building Permit Applications:
Department of Building and Inspection
Department of Planning and Development

Professional Engineer Approvals Required:
Residential: Structural
Commercial: Electrical, Structural, and Mechanical

Customized Action Plan:
Salt Lake County CAP cover  To learn more about how Salt Lake County is working to meet solar permitting best practices, see Salt Lake City's Customized Action Plan to Cut Costs and Red Tape.

Submit One Permit Application To:
Summit County Building Division

Online Permit Submittals and Application:
Submit Your Permit Online

In-Person Permit Submittals (online permitting terminals available for public use):
60 North Main
Coalville, UT 84017

Use Summit County's Permit Checklist to ensure you have all necessary documents prepared.

Contact:
Robert Taylor
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(435) 336-3116

Departments That Review Building Permit Applications:
Summit County Building Division
Summit County Planning Division

Professional Engineer Approvals Required:
Residential: Structural
Commercial: Electrical, Mechanical, and Structural

Customized Action Plan:
Summit County CAP cover To learn more about how Summit County is working to meet solar permitting best practices see Summit County's Customized Action Plan to Cut Costs and Red Tape.

Submit One Permit Application to:
Building Inspections Division

In-Person Permit Submittals:
City Hall
3600 South Constitution Blvd.
West Valley City, Utah 84119

Contact:
Ed Domian
(801) 963-3276
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Learn more about: Permitting requirements in West Valley City.

Departments That Review Building Permit Applications:
Building Inspections Division
Planning and Zoning

Professional Engineer Approvals Required:
Residential: Structural
Commercial: Electrical and Structural

Customized Action Plan:
West Valley CAP cover To learn more about how West Valley City is working to meet solar permitting best practices see West Valley's Customized Action Plan to Cut Costs and Red Tape.

As part of the Wasatch Solar Challenge, six local jurisdictions worked together to make the solar permitting process more streamlined and reduce the costs and complexity of going solar. These jurisdictions, as well as others that have asked to be included, are listed above. If your hometown is not listed, we do not yet have contact information for your area. If you are a representative of a jurisdiction and would like to be included, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be contacted for more information.

While many jurisdictions have different requirements for system permitting, there are some common threads to be aware of as you begin the process:

The main concern for building departments is safety. Solar adds weight to the roof, has electrical wiring that could pose a fire hazard, and can hinder the ability of firefighters to battle a blaze in your house. Well-designed systems take these matters into consideration and minimize the risks. Just as with all home improvements, building officials want detailed plans of the site and the installation to ensure its structural soundness and compliance with codes. Building officials and professional engineers of different specialties will review your application. The installation will be inspected after it is completed to document that the work was done according to the permit.

Some jurisdictions impose zoning restrictions on solar systems. These can include limitations on the visibility of the system, which affects where it is placed on the roof. A separate permit application may be required to be submitted to the planning department to ensure that the installation meets local zoning requirements. Contact your local jurisdictions for complete rules.

The Solar America Board of Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) has designed a best practices permitting form that can be adapted to different jurisdictional requirements. For more ideas about how to streamline solar permitting please visit our permitting best practices page.

 

 

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