City of Philadelphia - Streamlined Solar Permitting and Fee Reduction (Pennsylvania)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Pennsylvania

Name City of Philadelphia - Streamlined Solar Permitting and Fee Reduction
Incentive Type Green Building Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential, Multi-Family Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs


References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Photovoltaic systems of 10 kW or less installed on 1- or 2-family residential units are eligible for streamlined permitting and a fee reduction. PV projects can use a combined electrical and building permit instead of filling out two separate permits if the project meets certain installation and electrical requirements (as outlined on the combined permit form). In addition, electrical and building permit fees for all PV projects are reduced to $25 per $1,000 labor - lowered from the standard $25 per $1,000 of labor and equipment costs. This treatment was established by separate bills relating to electrical permits and building permits enacted in late 2011. Philadelphia has a Solar Installation Guidebook to assist residents and builders in Philadelphia through the process of obtaining the necessary permits and installing solar.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Permit Information
Department City of Philadelphia
Division Licenses and Inspections

Phone (215) 686-2567

Contact Name Kristin Sullivan
Department Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Address 1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor
Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Zip/Postal Code 19102
Phone (215) 982-0014


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Council Bill No. 110553
Date Enacted 2011-11-14

Authority 2: Council Bill No. 110829
Date Enacted 2011-12-21

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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