Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permit

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permit

1. Completed Building Permit Application
2. City of Lafayette licensed contractor.
3. Two (2) sets of plans to include:

Site plan showing the location of all equipment including setbacks for ground mount systems.

Structural plans with an engineer’s evaluation showing existing structure compliance with 30 lbs. snow load and 105 mph 3 second gust factor wind load. Flush mounted systems may submit generic engineering. All other systems require site-specific engineering.

Plans should be no larger than 11”x17” in size.

Electrical Plans shall include:
Oneline standard electrical diagram, site specific
Equipment schedule including listings
Conduit and conductor schedule
PV module ratings
Inverter ratings
Signs for DC disconnect, inverter OCPD, and others as required

The applicant may submit the electrical diagram from the Solar ABC’s Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems in lieu of the above.

Review Time
Please allow three (3) working days for the Building Department to process your solar PV permit. The Lafayette Building Department will contact when your permit is ready. Payment is due when you pick up your permit.

In efforts to attract and promote solar in the City of Lafayette, the city has significantly lower permitting fees than many other communities in Colorado.
Residential fee: $63 plus City use tax and Boulder County use tax
Commercial fee: Fee based on the project valuation plus city and Boulder County use tax. See Pages 1 and 2 of the Fee Schedule.

Any questions concerning solar permits, inspections, or plan review should be directed to Ron Kauffman or 303-665-5588 x1264.