Solar Permitting Law (Oregon)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Oregon
Name Solar Permitting Law (Oregon)
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Applicable Sector Commercial, Multi-Family Residential, Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Last DSIRE Review 2013-05-14
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)[1]


With the passage of HB 3516 in June 2011, solar permit application approval is a "ministerial function", provided a system meets certain guidelines. To qualify for this simplified permitting process, a solar system must not expand the footprint or peak height of the residential or commercial structure that the system is installed upon. The system must also be aligned so that it is parallel to the slope of the roof.

This legislation also addressed permitting fees for solar systems. Counties and cities may not charge permit fees for solar permit applications specifically, but they can charge building permit fees for the project. Systems installed in historic districts, scenic areas, on conservation landmarks, or in other specified areas may require a more extensive permitting review.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Main Offices - BCD
Department Building Codes Division
Address P.O. Box 14470
Place Salem, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97309-0404
Phone (503) 378-4133
Fax (503) 378-2322

Authority 2: ORS § 215.439
Date Enacted 2011-06-21

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


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