City of Santa Monica - Building Permit Fee Waiver for Solar Projects

March 11, 2016


In early 2002, the City of Santa Monica began waiving building permit fees for solar energy systems. In December 2008, after months of working with industry trainers, solar contractors and staff from the Solar Santa Monica office, the city released their guidelines for basic information required for photovoltaic plan check submittal. The guidelines were subsequently amended in 2010. The guideline's purpose is to help standardize solar installation and inspection procedures while making sure all Code requirements are met.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: City of Santa Monica
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Thermal Process Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics


Name: Susan Munves
Organization: City of Santa Monica
Address: 1212 5th Street
Santa Monica CA 90401-3126
Phone: (310) 458-8229

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.