Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems
This Guide is designed to help you through the permitting and construction
processes associated with a solar photovoltaic system project. For
further information on Photovoltaic systems, please review our handout,
Systems: Minimum Submittal Requirements", Form 4613. You
should also check with the Planning Division
(619-691-5101) to see if there are any specific zoning issues you
should be concerned about.
To apply for a solar photovoltaic system permit, you need to stop
at our Building Counter at 276 Fourth
Avenue across the street from the library (north-west corner of
4th and F, downtown Chula Vista.) For us to accept your permit application,
you must provide us with a complete submittal package. A complete
submittal package consists of the following:
- A completed "Residential
Addition-Remodel-Patio-Wall/Fence-Pool Worksheet", Form 4562.
- Three copies of a Plot/Site Plan showing the general layout
of the existing building site, location of the solar photovoltaic
system, and address. Please review our handout, "How
To Prepare A Residential Plot Plan", Form 4595 , or call
us at (619) 691-5272.
- Two copies of construction plans and details including but
not limited to; location of existing electrical service(s) and
panels, location of all solar equipment including number of modules
in series, number of panels (groups or modules) in parallel, roof
pitch, spacing and size of roof members, type of roof covering,
details for the assembly of the modules and for the connection
of the modules to roof members and weather sealing of roof penetrations.
The Permit Fee is $250.00 which you must pay at time of permit issuance.
After our Development Services Technicians (DST's) verify that
the application package is complete, they will forward a set of
plans/documents to each of the three departments/divisions; Building,
Planning, and Engineering. Approval from all three departments/divisions
is required prior to permit issuance. To contact any of the departments/divisions,
please see the contact list shown at the end of this document.
The plan check process is then tracked in our Automated Tracking
System and the project is assigned a standard turn-around-time.
The standard turn-around-time for an initial review is 10 calendar
days. The standard turn-around-time for follow-up reviews (rechecks)
is 10 calendar days.
After you obtain all the required approvals and pay the Permit
Fee, a DST will issue you a building permit. Now you can start construction.
One inspection is required for a typical solar photovoltaic system:
- Inspecting the bolting of the panels to the roof structure
and inspecting all aspects of the electrical system including
grounding, sub-panels and inverter.
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