PV Permitting & Interconnection

City of Palo Alto Photovoltaic Permitting and Interconnection Information

    1.  PV Rebate (for non-residential PV installations)

2.  PV Permit Submittal

PV Permit Fees

Base Fee




Commercial <10kW


Commercial ≥10kW - 49kW


Commercial >49kW


Records Retention (per sheet)



3. PV Inspection

  • The City of Palo Alto requires 3 inspections for small residential systems and 4 for commercial/large residential.
  • Call (650) 329-2496 to schedule the Palo Alto Building Dept. inspections, including the Final PV Inspection.
  • 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.

PV Inspection Checklists

Net Metering and Interconnection
You will need to complete, sign and submit the City of Palo Alto Utilities’ Net Metering and Interconnection Agreement when you install a new PV system, add to an existing PV system, or open a new CPAU account for a home with an existing PV system.

Contact Information

  • Rebates 
    Utilities Marketing Services, 650-329-2241, PVPartners@cityofpaloalto.org
  • Permitting/Interconnection
    Development Center, 650-329-2496 or email
  • Electric Metering
    Utilities Electric Meter Shop, 650-496-6978
  • Development Center Location and Hours:
    285 Hamilton Avenue at Bryant Street.
    Hours 9 AM to 4 PM , Monday to Friday
Last Updated: Sep 9, 2015