Development Services

Solar Panels Permits

  The City of Long Beach is pleased to continue its express permitting services to encourage the installation of rooftop solar PV systems in order to generate renewable energy, provide stable electricity, and reduce pollution. The City's solar permitting process expedites such installations by reviewing, approving, and issuing most permits over the counter on the same day. These projects will undergo one single inspection, which can be scheduled and conducted at the convenience of the applicant upon installation of the solar PV system.

Submit Solar Plans Digitally!

The Development Permit Center accepts digital solar photovoltaic plans for residential properties located within non-historic and non-coastal zones, as part of the permit application process.
  • Submit a digital PDF file in person at the Development Permit Center at City Hall.
  • PDF file should be named as follows: "Street Name Street Number.pdf".
  • Ensure that plans are drawn to scale at 1/4" - 1' .
  • Have a hard copy of the approved plans at the job site or other acceptable means of viewing the plans by Code Building Inspector.

  • Contact Southern California Edison for conceptual approval of the proposed systems.
  • Submittal the following documents, as required:
    • Development Services Permit Application / Electrical Section
      • Planning Permit / Local Coastal Development (if project is within coastal zone)
      • Certificate of Appropriateness (if project is in historic district/building)
    • Express Eligibility Checklist - to determine eligibility for express permitting
    • Two sets of completed electrical plans
    • Roof plan showing roof layout, PV panels, and fire safety items

For more detailed information, please review Information Bulletin BU-23 / Small Residential Rooftop Solar PV Systems.