Solar System Streamlined Permitting

Welcome to the City of El Cerrito online permitting process for residential solar energy projects of no more than 10 kW photovoltaic and 30 kWth of solar thermal. To qualify for this expedited and streamlined process, all applicable documentation as outlined below must be submitted in pdf format via our online portal.

For residential solar energy permits of ≤ 10 kW PV or ≤ 30 kWth solar thermal, please provide the following:
  1. Qualifying Checklist
  2. Structural Checklist
  3. PV schematic for either a main inverter system or a micro-inverter system or a piping schematic for solar thermal
  4. Roof diagram and layout
  5. Manufacturer’s specification sheets for panels, mounting, inverters, micro-inverters, etc.
  6. Engineer’s load analysis if roof does not conform to the structural checklist
  7. A high definition color picture of the existing electrical service panel with dead front removed and a picture of the panel label showing bus bar rating.
After all documentation has been assembled in pdf format, please click on this link, https://elcerrito.ca.eprocess360.com to begin the application and process. After verifying a valid and complete submittal, a city staff member will contact the applicant for payment of permit and plan review fees. Thereafter, the remainder of the process will be conducted through the portal or via email up through the issuance of the permit.

Instructions for first time users.

Eligibility Checklist for Expedited Solar Photovoltaic Permitting for One and Two Family Dwellings

Eligibility Checklist for Expedited Solar Pool Heating Permitting for One and Two Family Dwellings
Structural Criteria for Residential Rooftop Solar Energy Installations

Eligibility Checklist for Expedited Solar Domestic Water Heating Permitting for One and Two Family Dwellings