City of Chicago - Solar Express Permit Program

February 13, 2015


In an effort to cut fees and reduce time-in-line, the City of Chicago is streamlining and standardizing the permitting and zoning process for rooftop Photovoltaic (PV). Small and large rooftop PV generators can now access the City of Chicago Easy Permit Process. Qualifying projects can receive same-day permit approvals (a process that use to take 30 days) at reduced fees of 25% ( down from $375 to $275).

  • Small rooftop solar PV systems are those generating less than 13.44 kilowatt (kW)
  • Large rooftop solar PV systems are those generating greater than 13.44 kW 

Application Procedure

The process involves the selection of a Chicago licensed solar installer and approval by the City of Chicago and ComEd. Interested applicants should view the program website or check out the guideline link below for more information on the application process. 

PV Permitting Guidlines

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: City of Chicago
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Roofs
Permit Fee Waiver / Reduction: Down from $375 to $275
Expedited Permitting Process: Projects can receive a same-day permit


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics, Roofs, Renewable Energy
Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Parameters: The incentive has a minimum of $275.00


Name: Sophie Marie Martinez
Address: Room 906
Chicago IL 60602
Phone: (312) 744-7862

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.