Solar Construction Permitting Standards (Colorado)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Colorado
Name Solar Construction Permitting Standards
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, General Public/Consumer, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2008-05-29
Last DSIRE Review 2013-07-30
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Owners of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating systems in Colorado are required to obtain a building permit before their systems may be installed. Permits are handled at the local level and awarded by counties and municipalities. Traditionally, counties and municipalities have been free to assign their own fees for a permit. These fees can vary broadly in size across jurisdictions and in some cases, can be large enough to potentially discourage the installation of solar devices.

Senate Bill 117, signed in May 2008, created a statewide cap for permit fees for active solar energy devices. for systems up to 2 MW-DC, counties and municipalities can charge no more than the lesser of the local government's actual cost to issue a permit, or $500 for a residential application or $1,000 for a nonresidential application. For systems 2 MW-DC or larger, the local government can charge no more than what it actual cost the government to issue the permit. City and county permits combined may be larger than these limits, but cannot separately exceed the limits.

Originally scheduled to expire on July 1, 2011, HB 1199 of 2011 extended the expiration date to July 1, 2018. HB 1199 also applied these same fee restrictions to agencies, institutions, authorities, and political subdivisions of the state.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information
Department Colorado Energy Office
Address 1580 Logan Street
Address 2 Suite 100
Place Denver, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80203
Phone (303) 866-2100
Phone 2 (800) 632-6662
Fax (303) 866-2930

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

Authority 1: CRS § 30-28-113
Date Enacted 5/20/2008, subsequently amended
Expiration Date 2018-07-01
Authority 2: CRS § 31-15-602
Date Enacted 5/20/2008, subsequently amended
Expiration Date 2018-07-01

  • 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)"