City of Tucson - Permit Fee Credit for Solar Energy Systems (Arizona)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Arizona

Name City of Tucson - Permit Fee Credit for Solar Energy Systems
Incentive Type Green Building Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Expiration Date 2013-06-30

Program Budget $200,000

Program Administrator Department of Planning and Development Services

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


The City of Tucson passed Resolution No. 20193 on September 27, 2005, to encourage the installation of solar energy systems throughout the city. The resolution established a policy whereby the director of the Department of Planning and Development Services will waive the fee paid by an applicant for a permit for the installation of a qualifying solar system up to $1,000 for a single installation, or $5,000 for a subdivision or multiple project sites. Other resolutions have since been passed to maintain this permit fee waiver after its expiration. Most recently, Resolution 21951 has reninstated the waiver through the end of fiscal year 2013.

Tucson includes in its definition of qualifying solar energy systems: photovoltaics (PV), solar domestic hot water and space heating, and solar air conditioning systems. To qualify, the proposed system must be capable of displacing a minimum of 1,500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year at the building site. While building permit fees are credited under this program, plan review fees still apply.

The City of Tucson has allowed for a total $200,000 worth of credits for installations made after October 9, 2012 and during fiscal year 2013.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Bruce Plenk
Department City of Tucson
Division Energy Office
Address 4004 S. Park Ave
Address 2 Bldg 1
Place Tucson, Arizona
Zip/Postal Code 85714
Phone (520) 837-6322 Ext:327


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

Authority 1: City Council Resolution 21951
Date Effective 2012-10-09
Date Enacted 2012-10-09
Expiration Date 2013-06-30

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


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