Solar Permits and Power Storage Unit Permits

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Building permits for solar systems and power storage units can now be obtained online through the City's online permit portal, Citizen Access. This includes roof mounted, ground mounted, and commercial solar systems. For more information or questions, please send solar permitting staff an email.

Steps to Submit New Permit Request or Revisions

To submit a new permit request or revisions to an already issued permit, applicants need to be a registered Citizen Access user. The steps for registration and online submittal are outlined below.

  • Create a Citizen Access account at For help or questions about Citizen Access, please send development staff an email.
  • Log in to account.
  • Select “Pre-Application.” 
  • Complete the Pre-Application form. Use the Tips at the top of page to best search address, parcel, and owner information.
  • Upload the Building Permit Application and all required submittal documents. For small residential rooftop systems, view checklist.
  • Continue the form to submittal.
  • Submit the request and receive confirmation.
After a permit request is received, it will be converted to a standard permit. The applicant will see this standard permit in their Citizen Access account under “My Records.” City staff will then follow up with the applicant with questions about the request, a list of missing submittal documents, if any, the plan review fee/deposit, and methods of payment. Once payment is received, the request will be processed for review.

Steps to Resubmit Plans/Documents

To resubmit plans and documents for a project that is already under review, applicants should follow the steps below.

  • Create an account at
  • Ask project Team Lead to link record to account or send development staff an email. Provide Team Lead with the email address on Citizen Access account and the record number that needs to be linked to it.
  • After the record is linked, log in to account.
  • Select “My Records.”
  • Select “Building.”
  • Select the record that needs to be resubmitted.
  • Select “Record Info.”
  • Select “Documents.”
  • Select “Add.”
  • Upload re-submittal documents.
  • Select “Save.”
  • Email project Team Lead to inform them of resubmittal via Citizen Access.
If you have questions about the status of an existing solar permit or requirements for a new solar permit, please send solar permitting staff an email or call Plans and Permits at 510-494-4460.