PV Permitting

City of Palo Alto Photovoltaic Permitting and Interconnection Information

  • Starting November 14, 2016 the City of Palo Alto Utilities will require an approved Net Energy Metering (NEM) Reservation for new solar systems to be placed on the NEM rate. 
  • For NEM Reservation program information, click here

PV Permit Submittal

PV Permit Fees

Electric Base Fee


Residential < 10 kW


 Residential ≥ 10 kW $321

Commercial <10kW


Commercial ≥10kW ≤ 49kW


Commercial >49kW


PV Inspection

  • Small residential systems require 2 inspections: one for Utilities Interconnection and one for PV permit approval
  • Large residential and all commercial systems require 3 inspections for PV permit approval, and one for utilities Interconnection.
  • Call (650) 496-6978 to schedule the Palo Alto Utilities Electric Meter Shop inspection. (You may be able to schedule this Utilities inspection at the same time as the final Building Dept. PV inspection by calling at least 3 work days ahead.)
  • Call (650) 329-2496 to schedule the Palo Alto Building Dept. inspections, including the Final PV Inspection.
  • Please note: the Palo Alto Building Inspector issues the interconnection approval (also known as permission to operate) at the final inspection. You can view your permit status in the online permit system ACCELA. (Select "Building" from top menu, enter address or permit number into search boxes, then select the link for the relevant PV permit number, select "Records Info" tab, then "Inspections", and look for the approval date for inspection code "703 Photovoltaic Final")

PV Inspection Checklists

Net Energy Metering and Billing

Contact Information

Development Center Location and Hours:
285 Hamilton Avenue at Bryant Street
Hours 9 AM to 4 PM , Monday to Friday

Last Updated: May 15, 2017