Solar System Streamlined Permitting

Welcome to the City of El Cerrito online permitting process for solar energy projects.

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.
For Solar Projects, Electrical Upgrades Associated with Solar Permits & New Powerwalls – Please send to

EV Chargers

El Cerrito EV Charger Checklist
EVCS permit approval not subject to approval of an association (as defined in Section 4080 of the Civil Code)