City of Portland - Streamlined Building Permits for Residential Solar Systems (Oregon)
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Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||City of Portland - Streamlined Building Permits for Residential Solar Systems|
|Incentive Type||Green Building Incentive|
|Eligible Technologies||Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Date added to DSIRE||2009-10-01|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-11-26|
| Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) developed an electronic permitting process for residential solar energy system installations. With this streamlined, expedited process, solar contractors can submit the project plans and permit application online for residential installations. In order to file the online application, the contractor must first be trained. The City of Portland has staff at the permitting desk trained as solar experts to assist solar contractors who need help filing their permits in person. This process has a turnaround time of approximately 2-3 business days for building permits.
Projects that follow the prescriptive process are eligible for this online permitting process. Additionally, the permit fees are capped for systems following the prescriptive process. The prescriptive process has specifications for roof structure, roof materials, loading, and panel height. Solar collectors and the underlying structures must be designed and installed in accordance with the Oregon Solar Installation Specialty Code. The Bureau of Development Services has guidelines for both residential and commercial solar energy systems available at the Program Guides web site.
|Contact Name||Permitting Services, BDS|
|Department||City of Portland|
|Division||Bureau of Development Services|
|Address||721 NW 9th Ave, Suite 350|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.