Program City of Philadelphia - Streamlined Solar Permitting and Fee Reduction
Category Financial Incentive
Implementing sector Local
Last Update
State Pennsylvania
Website http://www.phila.gov/green/solarGuidebook.html
Technologies Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors Residential

Photovoltaic systems of 10 kW or less installed on 1- or 2-family residential units are eligible for streamlined permitting and a fee reduction. PV projects can use a combined electrical and building permit (an "EZ Permit") instead of filling out two separate permits if the project meets certain installation and electrical requirements (as outlined on the combined permit form).

Certain installations are prohibited:

  • On engineered roof trusses, except when the applicant provides a letter from a professional engineer stating that the roof has been inspected and the proposed solar system has been evaluated and will not negatively impact the structural integrity of the roof system.
  • Roof slopes exceed 17% (2:12 pitch)
  • The property is designated historical by the Philadelphia Historical Commission

Philadelphia has a Solar Panel Installation Overview to assist residents and builders in Philadelphia through the process of obtaining the necessary permits and installing solar.

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