City of Philadelphia - Streamlined Solar Permitting and Fee Reduction

November 19, 2014


Photovoltaic systems of 10 kW or less installed on 1- or 2-family residential units are eligible for streamlined permitting and a fee reduction. PV projects can use a combined electrical and building permit instead of filling out two separate permits if the project meets certain installation and electrical requirements (as outlined on the combined permit form). In addition, electrical and building permit fees for all PV projects are reduced to $25 per $1,000 labor - lowered from the standard $25 per $1,000 of labor and equipment costs. This treatment was established by separate bills relating to electrical permits and building permits enacted in late 2011. Philadelphia has a Solar Installation Guidebook to assist residents and builders in Philadelphia through the process of obtaining the necessary permits and installing solar.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Pennsylvania
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics


Name: Council Bill No. 110553
Date Enacted: 11/14/2011
Name: Council Bill No. 110829
Date Enacted: 12/21/2011


Name: Permit Information
Organization: City of Philadelphia
Phone: (215) 686-2567
Name: Kristin Sullivan
Address: 1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19102
Phone: (215) 982-0014

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.