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Residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Ever thought about installing solar panels on your roof? Concerned about the complexity of the permit process? Wondering where to go for help?
As part of a Washington State Department of Commerce grant, Snoqualmie has adopted an expedited permitting process for small-scale roof-mounted solar installations for single-family residential customers. (Note: If you do not qualify for the expedited solar building permit or are doing a commercial project, the building permit will be subject to the standard review period.)
Permitting for Solar Power
Solar contractors typically address permitting for interested residential applicants. Regardless of whether you are self-installing or hiring a contractor, a City of Snoqualmie building permit is required. All solar photovoltaic (PV) systems require both a building permit from the City of Snoqualmie and an electrical permit obtained through Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries (L&I). See the L&I Green Power Handout (PDF) for more information.
Step 1: Preparation
Complete the following paperwork:
- Expedited permitting checklist (PDF)
- Rooftop layout of solar panels (2 copies)
Step 2: Submittal
Visit the Building Division counter on the second floor of Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River Street in downtown Snoqualmie. Bring all required paperwork listed above. Remember, multiple copies of some items are required. If you have questions you wish to discuss with a building inspector or the Building Official, please call 425-888-5435.
Step 3: Review
Applications will be reviewed by the building and fire plans examiners for code compliance.
Step 4: Permit Issuance
Upon permit approval, pay the associated fee to obtain your building permit.
Step 5: Obtain Electrical Permit
Obtain your electrical permit from Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) prior to installation. You do not have to have your electrical permit to apply for a building permit. The City of Snoqualmie does not issue electrical permits.
Step 6: Inspection
After the PV panels are installed, call the City of Snoqualmie Building Division at 425-888-5435 to schedule your inspection.
- If the project is completed according to plan, there are no further requirements
- If the project is not completed according to plan, further corrections, inspections, or plan review may be required
For More Information
City of Snoqualmie staff familiar with solar PV installations are available to answer questions and help you through the permitting process.
John Cooper, Building Official
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