The City of Portland, OR recently announced that they have been able to streamline their solar application process. This means that they were also able to reduce the fees on a solar permit. Press release follows:
July 1, 2014.
Effective immediately, the City of Portland Bureau of Development
Services will be reducing the building permit fees for Prescriptive
Residential Solar Permits from $554 to $263, a 52% reduction. In an
effort to be responsive to the Solar Industry concerns about existing
fees and the City’s goal of encouraging more sustainable energy sources,
the Bureau worked with Solar Industry representatives in an assessment
of the current fees and associated solar permitting and inspection
process. This evaluation realized efficiencies in the permitting
process, allowing the building permit fees associated with solar
projects to be reduced. Separate electrical trade permits continue to
be required and their associated fees remain the same.
“We are hopeful that the reduction in building permit fees for solar
installations on residential structures will encourage more homeowners
to adopt this sustainable energy source, helping the City to meet
sustainability goals,” stated Commissioner Amanda Fritz. Bureau
Director Paul L. Scarlett added “This is a great example of where we
were able to work with industry partners to realize permit fee savings,
while maintaining cost recovery on the important life safety
and livability services the City provides through the building
Overall, the Prescriptive Residential Solar Permit fee retains cost
recovery levels for the Bureau, while achieving a level of review and
inspections that ensures compliance with applicable building, electrical
and land use codes. Field inspections will verify installations adhere
to approved plans, assuring safety and code compliance at the time of
For more information, please contact Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 823-4268.
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