Solar Permits and Power Storage Unit Permits

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Building permits for solar systems and power storage units can now be obtained online through the City's online permit portal, Citizen Access. This includes roof mounted, ground mounted, and commercial solar systems. For more information or questions, please view the City's Online Permits webpage or send solar permitting staff an email.

Steps to Submit New Permit Request

To submit a new permit request or revisions to an already issued permit, applicants need to be a registered Citizen Access user. The steps for registration and online submittal are outlined below.
  • Create a Citizen Access account at For help or questions about Citizen Access, please send development staff an email.
  • Log in to account.
  • Select “Apply for a Permit" and "Building."
  • Complete the online form and upload plans/documents.
  • Continue the form to the payment screens.
  • Make a payment and receive on-screen confirmation.
  • Once submitted, you will see the permit application in your Citizen Access account under "My Records." Permitting staff will review your application and contact you if they have questions.

Steps to Resubmit Plans/Documents

To resubmit plans and documents for a project that is already under review, applicants should follow the steps below.
  • Create an account at
  • Ask project Team Lead to link record to account or send development staff an email. Provide Team Lead with the email address on Citizen Access account and the record number that needs to be linked to it.
  • After the record is linked, log in to account.
  • Select “My Records.”
  • Select “Building.”
  • Select the record that needs to be resubmitted.
  • Find all documents with a status of "Corrections Required."
  • Select “Documents.”
  • Select “Actions."
  • Select "Resubmit."
  • Upload re-submittal documents.
  • Select “Save.”
  • Email project Team Lead to inform them of resubmittal via Citizen Access.

Steps to Request a Revision on an Issued Permit

To submit a Revision request on an issued permit, applicants should follow the steps below.
  • Log in to Citizen Access account at
  • Select "My Records."
  • Find the record number requiring a Revision in the list of records.
  • Select "Amendment" to the far right of the record number under "Actions."
  • Complete the online form.
  • Pay the revision submittal fee.
  • New Revision record will automatically generate and be saved in "My Records" list in a "Received" status.
  • Permitting staff will contact you about your Revision request as soon as they get to it in the processing queue.
If you have questions about the status of an existing solar permit or requirements for a new solar permit, please send solar permitting staff an email or call Plans and Permits at 510-494-4460.