Solar Permitting Information

Summit County supports the use of renewable energy for the future. This page will help anyone interested in installing solar PV panels or solar thermal in Summit County to better understand the permitting and inspection process here in the County.

How do I know if I should go solar?

Going solar not only reduces your electricity bill if you have photovoltaic (PV) or heating bill if you have solar thermal, but also helps to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions for less pollution. There are numerous resources to help you along. Park City Green has some good, in-depth information about Solar Electric and Solar Thermal, as does Salt Lake City under the heading Solar Information.

What are the basic steps for residential solar electric installation?

  1. 1. Obtain bids from a solar contractor. For a partial list of local contractors, please visit the Summit County Business Directory and search for "solar". For a list of Utah solar contractors, please visit the Utah Solar Energy Association directory.
  2. 2. Complete a Net Metering Agreement with Rocky Mountain Power.
  3. 3. Get an electrical permit (a low-impact permit if it is a ground-mounted system). Make sure your contractor has completed all steps in the building permit application.
  4. 4. Install your system.
  5. 5. Schedule a final electrical inspection, making sure that all of the items on the inspection checklist are complete.
  6. 6. Claim your solar energy federal tax credit ( expires December 31, 2016).
  7. 7. Enjoy using your clean, locally-generated electricity!

What permits do I need?

Residential and Commercial

Solar PV Roof-Mount: If your solar PV installation will be under 15 kW, you may qualify for the streamlined permitting application. Use the following document as your permit application if your system qualifies.

Solar ABCs

Contractors: Attach this document in GovPartner, Summit County's online permitting system, if the system you are installing qualifies. If your system qualifies for the streamlined permitting application, Summit County will notify you of the decision of whether you receive the permit within three days of submitting a complete application.

How much will it cost?

Fees:
Permit for residential or commercial PV roof-mounted systems: $50 Until December 31, 2013.
Permit for residential or commercial PV ground (pole)-mounted systems: $50 Until December 31, 2013.
Solar Thermal: $125 for plumbing permit

What will the building inspectors look for in their inspection of my PV system?

This PV Inspection Checklist can be used as a guideline for what the inspector will be looking for during a final inspection. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and your specific situation may warrant additional items.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions on the planning side, please contact Amir Caus at (435) 336-3117 or at acaus@summitcounty.org.

If you have any questions on the building side, please contact Robert Taylor at (435) 336-3116 or at rtaylor@summitcounty.org.