Solar Installations

City of Irvine No-Fee Solar Permits

The City of Irvine has waived all permit and plan check fees for Solar Panels and Solar Hot Water Heating Systems

Who does this apply to?
Applies to all residential and Commercial Installations.

What type of solar systems does this apply to?
Includes Solar Panels (Photovoltaic) installations such as rooftop panels, solar carports and solar hot water systems.

Why is the City waiving fees?
With the passage of Measure S, Irvine residents directed the City to continue to implement policies in support of renewable energy. On March 8, 2011, the City Council approved a number of business-friendly initiatives, including a No-Fee Solar Permit Program to support the emerging renewable energy industry in Irvine.

What rules apply to solar energy systems?
Solar installations must comply with the:

  • City's Adopted Building and Fire Codes
  • City's Zoning Code- Chapter 3-31
  • Homeowner Association Approval (residential) - if applicable

How long does City review of solar energy systems take?

Standard review for single family residential projects are 5 working days. More complex projects may take two weeks. However, electronic submittal is offered for eligible residential solar energy systems and eligible solar pool heating and solar water heating systems.

Where can I find information on rebates and other incentive programs?

Visit then enter "Orange" in the local information box, choose "Find Rebates and Incentives" and enter your zip code.

What laws affect homeowners who want to install solar?
The California Solar Rights Act includes provisions that regulate how local governments or homeowner's associations can review solar systems. For more information visit


- Information and Requirements for Homeowners

Solar Laws

- The California Solar Protection Act

Solar Rebates and Incentives

- Rebates and Incentives including Federal and State Tax Credits and rebates from Southern California Edison

Frequently Asked Questions

- Information on the types of solar energy systems

Commercial Sites

- Information and Requirements for Commercial and Industrial Sites