Solar PV Ordinance

Learn about the Bay Area Solar Photovoltaic Ordinance Toolkit.

Expediting Permits to Support COVID-19 Efforts

The Air District supports businesses and organizations that are changing or repurposing operations to aid in the response to COVID-19.

In order to provide support for public health and safety efforts, the Air District will prioritize and expedite the permitting process for these businesses and organizations.

Processing and issuance of permits are considered essential functions during the COVID-19 response as part of the Air District’s efforts to improve air quality and protect public health and safety. Those looking for assistance in filing applications for their new or modified equipment in response to COVID-19 can email for additional instructions. Please include “COVID-19 Permit” in the subject line and include the following information:

  • Facility name, facility ID (if available), and facility address
  • Contact name and phone number
  • Project description, including how the project is critical to the COVID-19 response
  • Equipment and process descriptions
  • Flow diagram and process rates
  • Operating schedules
  • Air pollution control equipment
  • Stack/exhaust emissions data

For those projects deemed to be critical to the COVID-19 response, the Air District will facilitate the preparation of permit application forms and will work with the applicant to complete the data and calculate the fees required. The Air District will process these applications on a high-priority and expedited basis.

Additional information can be found on the Air District’s website and by contacting the Air District’s Permit Ombudsman at (preferred) or by leaving a voicemail at (415) 749-4721.

The Bay Area Solar Photovoltaic Ordinance Toolkit, a project of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative* and the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN)**, provides guidance for Bay Area cities and counties that are interested in requiring solar photovoltaic, or PV, systems on new single-family and low-rise multifamily residential units.

This effort supports the Bay Area’s 2017 Clean Air Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the building sector to near zero by the year 2030. Working in coordination with the California Energy Commission, this Toolkit walks the user through the process of adopting a basic solar photovoltaic ordinance, and provides the support documents necessary to streamline approval with no additional analysis required.

Bay Area Solar Photovoltaic Ordinance Toolkit:

  1. Toolkit Overview
  2. User Guide and Glossary
  3. The Bay Area Solar PV Ordinance
    1. Instructions for the Bay Area Solar PV Ordinance
    2. Ordinance Template
  4. The Cost Effectiveness Study
    1. Using the Toolkit’s Cost-Effectiveness Study
    2. Cost Effectiveness Study
  5. Getting the Ordinance Adopted
    1. Local Adoption Process and State Approval
    2. Staff Report Template
    3. State Transmittal Letter Template
  6. Outreach Package
    1. PowerPoint Presentation Template
    2. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Program Support
    1. Technical Assistance
    2. Resources

A complete, printable version of the Solar PV Toolkit is also available to download.

A kick-off webinar to launch the Toolkit was held September 22, 2017. The slide presentation with talking points is available for download.

Local governments that are interested in receiving additional resources to accelerate the installation of solar rooftops in their communities, please contact:

Vijay Kesavan at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission


*The Bay Area Regional Collaborative coordinates the planning efforts of the Air District, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

**BayREN is a collaboration of the nine Bay Area counties and implements energy efficiency programs across the region.

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Last Updated: 2/21/2018