Improving Permit Review & Approval of Small Solar Systems


Great news for Watsonville home owners who are considering going solar! The City of Watsonville has adopted an ordinance for the installation of small Solar Photovoltaics energy systems that will bring the City into compliance with Assembly Bill 2188. The City is using the California Solar Permitting Guidebook issued by the Governor of California’s Office of Planning and Development to help develop guidelines for the permitting process. The Solar Permitting Guidebook is a resource for local governments, and permitting agencies, building owners and solar installers to help navigate the permitting process as efficiently as possible. By implementing its recommendations, the City can reduce permit processing times while facilitating the installation of green technology.

The city has posted the Solar Permitting handbook checklist on the website, if your solar project meets all the criteria in this checklist, it will be eligible for the expedited plan check. The great news for homeowners is that all licensed solar contractors understand these requirements and can help your project comply with the checklist. Your project needs to meet general building, electrical, structural and fire safety requirements to be eligible for the Expedited Permitting.

We offer expedited permitting for eligible projects on Wednesday mornings between 7:30 and 11:00 a.m. on a walk-in basis or applications for eligible projects may be submitted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 pm. with a three (3) working day turnaround.

If your project is not eligible, your plans will be reviewed through regular review process and are subject to a ten (10) working day turnaround.

For more information call 768-3050.


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