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City of Portland - Streamlined Building Permits for Residential Solar Systems   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/26/2012
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Web Site:

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.

  Permitting Services, BDS
City of Portland
Bureau of Development Services
1900 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 823-7357
Web Site:
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