City of Portland - Streamlined Building Permits for Residential Solar Systems (Oregon) Solar/Wind Permitting Standards

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Oregon
Name City of Portland - Streamlined Building Permits for Residential Solar Systems
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2009-09-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-26

References DSIRE[1]


The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) developed an electronic permitting process for residential solar energy system installations. With this streamlined, expedited process, solar contractors can submit the project plans and permit application online for residential installations. In order to file the online application, the contractor must first be trained. The City of Portland has staff at the permitting desk trained as solar experts to assist solar contractors who need help filing their permits in person. This process has a turnaround time of approximately 2-3 business days for building permits.

Projects that follow the prescriptive process are eligible for this online permitting process. Additionally, the permit fees are capped for systems following the prescriptive process. The prescriptive process has specifications for roof structure, roof materials, loading, and panel height. Solar collectors and the underlying structures must be designed and installed in accordance with the Oregon Solar Installation Specialty Code. The Bureau of Development Services has guidelines for both residential and commercial solar energy systems available at the Program Guides web site.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Permitting Services, BDS
Department City of Portland
Division Bureau of Development Services
Address 1900 SW 4th Ave
Place Portland, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97201
Phone (503) 823-7357


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


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"