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Residential solar PERMITS


Using SolarAPP+

Automated solar review through SolarAPP+ 

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Step 1: Eligibility to use SolarAPP+

  • Residential structures only (1 and 2 residential units and ADUs)
  • Licensed contractors only
  • No ballasted systems
  • Please review the SolarAPP+ Eligible Systems for acceptable projects

Step 2: Submit for automated review through SolarAPP+

  • Submit Solar/Photovoltaic design at SolarAPP+ website
  • Click Sign in or Register to get started
  • Contractors license information is required to complete this step
  • A processing fee will be charged by SolarAPP+
  • The City of Sacramento permit fees will be charged separately
  • Download the SolarAPP+ approval documents

Step 3:  Apply for Permit

  • Apply for a permit online via the City of Sacramento Accela Citizen Portal
  • Click Login or Register to get started
  • Go to Building tab and select Apply for Minor, Production or Residential Solar permits or Safety Inspections 
  • Accept the terms of service, follow the prompts, and click Continue Application
  • Select Residential Solar, then Continue Application, and follow the prompts to provide application details
  • Input the SolarAPP+ Approval ID number to proceed
  • Upload the SolarAPP+ approval documents, CDD Building Application for Solar Energy Systems, SMUD interconnection letter, and construction plans
  • Follow the prompts, review/edit application details, and then continue to make payment online
  • After payment, a Record Number will be issued
  • Print or save the emailed permit documents

Step 4:  Schedule an Inspection

  • Log in or set up an account at the City of Sacramento Accela Citizen Portal
  • Go to Building tab and select Apply for Minor, Production or Residential Solar permits or Safety Inspections
  • Accept the terms of service, follow the prompts, and click Continue Application
  • Select Residential Safety Inspection Request
  • Input the permit Record Number (e.g., RES-#######), and follow the prompts to complete the inspection scheduling

More information on how to schedule an inspection

SolarAPP+ Revision

  • SolarAPP+ revisions are handled exclusively by the City of Sacramento
  • Resubmit to the City of Sacramento Accela Citizen Portal
  • Go to Planning tab, and select Create Planning Application or Clearance to Submit to Building 
  • Accept the terms of service, follow the prompts, and click Continue Application
  • Follow the prompts to provide application details
    • Select Building Permit Submittal Clearance as the Application Type 
    • Select Revision to Issued Residential Permit as the Activity Type, and provide the previously issued Record Number (e.g., RES-#######)
  • Upload the City of Sacramento Revision Intake form (CDD-0269), SMUD interconnection letter, construction plans, and equipment specifications
  • Follow the prompts, review/edit application details, and then continue
  • A Planning Record Number (e.g., PLN##-#####) will be issued, and the submittal package will be routed for plan review
  • Upon approval, fees will be invoiced, and permit issued upon payment

SolarAPP+ Tutorials and FAQs 

Details about SolarAPP+ are available in a YouTube instructional video


APPLY FOR SOLAR WITHOUT SOLARAPP+

Submit directly to City of Sacramento for residential solar review

Apply for Permit

  • Apply for a permit online via the City of Sacramento Accela Citizen Portal
  • Click Login or Register to get started
  • Go to Building tab and select Apply for Minor, Production or Residential Solar permits or Safety Inspections
  • Accept the terms of service, follow the prompts, and click Continue Application
  • Select Residential Solar, then Continue Application, and follow the prompts to provide application details
  • Check disclosure box to proceed with Standard Plan Review (located below SolarAPP+ Approval ID) 
  • Upload the CDD Building Application for Solar Energy Systems, SMUD interconnection letter, construction plans, and equipment specifications
  • Follow the prompts, review/edit application details, and then continue
  • A Planning Record Number (e.g., PLN##-#####) will be issued, and the submittal package will be routed for plan review
  • Upon approval, fees will be invoiced, and permit issued upon payment

Email Residential PV Solar and staff will assist with questions.
 


Commercial solar

Information about commercial solar review

Email EPC Intake and staff will assist with commercial solar questions and review.