City of Riverhead - Energy Conservation Device Permitting Fees (New York)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place New York

Name City of Riverhead - Energy Conservation Device Permitting Fees
Incentive Type Green Building Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Yes; specific technologies not identified
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Start Date 07/01/2005 (original law, retroactive)

Program Administrator Riverhead Building Department

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


In 2006 the Town of Riverhead on Long Island enacted a special allowance in its building permit fee structure to provide a discount to people wishing to install energy conservation devices on residential or commercial buildings. The provision in the town code applies to any energy conservation device "installed in or on a structure which qualifies for any federal, state or local tax exemption, tax credit or tax rebate", but explicitly mentions solar panels as eligible for favorable treatment. The original law authorized a flat permitting fee of $150, which still generally applies, but the law was amended in December 2011 to create a "Fast-Track" process for residential systems that meet certain technical requirements (e.g., maximum roof loading, mounting orientation). The fee for Fast-Track applications is set at $50 and the process also entitles the applicant to expedited review (14 days). Applicants subject to review by the Landmarks Preservation Commission or the Architectural Review Board are not eligible for the Fast-Track process. Prior to the code revision permitting fees for solar panel installations often approached $1,000.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jefferson Murphree
Department Building Department
Division Town of Riverhead
Address 201 Howell Avenue
Place Riverhead, New York
Zip/Postal Code 11901
Phone (631) 727-3200 Ext:264


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

Authority 1: Town Code § 52-10(F)
Date Effective 07/01/2005 (original law, retroactive)
Date Enacted 03/07/2006 (subsequently amended)

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


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