6 Steps to Solar Power: How to Get Your Home Solar Panels Permitted

  • By osd
  • 27 Mar, 2017
It’s becoming more popular for homeowners to embrace a greener way of life. High-efficiency appliances are quite common, and some families want to explore alternate sources of energy to help preserve our planet’s resources. One such method is solar power. While solar energy has a lot of benefits, obtaining the proper permission to install a... View Article The post 6 Steps to Solar Power: How to Get Your Home Solar Panels Permitted appeared first on Scout Services.
Like other types of residential building permits, obtaining a solar permit can be tedious and complex, especially without professional permit services. If you’re looking to install a code compliant solar panel system at home, permit expediters will ensure everything moves quickly and smoothly.
But before you contact experienced permit expediters , you’ll probably want to learn a bit more about the process behind getting a permit for installing a residential solar panel system. Although it may seem a bit overwhelming, our permit services will help cut down on both time and confusion.
  1. Initial Home Inspection
    If you’re planning on mounting your solar panels on your roof, you’ll need to get a roof inspection prior to applying for your solar permit. This is to guarantee that your roof will be able to bear the weight of the panels themselves. In addition, you may also need to have an electrical inspection performed, especially if you live in an older home. Even if you want to have a ground-mounted solar panel installation, you may still require an inspection (yes, from a soil engineer!). Certain types of soils require different footings for mounting purposes, so it’s important to find that out prior to applying for a permit.
  2. Planning
    Once your home has passed that first inspection, you can start planning your solar panel system. You’ll want to keep in mind how much energy your family uses on a regular basis. The average home will likely need a solar panel of around 600 square feet for adequate power. Of course, you’ll also want to consider cost. Since you’ll need to submit these details as part of your permit, make sure you address all of your needs.
  3. Permit Application
    This is where your permit expediters come in. For solar power installations, you may need both a building permit and an electrical permit, along with a separate solar power permit in many cities. Your permit expediters can help ensure you’ve included all of the necessary information and that the process won’t take as long. You will likely need permission from both your local permitting agency and your local utility provider.
  4. Purchase and Install
    Once you obtain your permission via permit, you can purchase your solar panels and have them installed. While some homeowners choose to install their solar panels themselves, most will use a contractor or roofing company to do so. When in doubt, you should get help from an expert. You’ll need an electrical diagram when you apply for your permit, so be sure to keep this on-hand during installation and the final inspection.
  5. Final Inspection
    Like any other kind of permit, you’ll need final sign-off on your project before it’s considered to be complete and compliant. After you’re finished with your installation, you’ll need to have it inspected by your permit enforcing agency. This inspector will make sure your panels match what you submitted in your plans and that all codes are followed for safety and efficiency.
  6. Power Up
    Once your solar panels pass inspection, you are free to start using them to power your home! Rain or shine, you can start benefiting from this popular renewable energy source right away.
If you need help speeding up the permit process, Scout Services is here for you. To find out more about our solar permit services, contact us today!
By Sean Woitas 10 Nov, 2017
While architects operate on the creative side of a project, they also deal with a fair amount of technical details. These details include building permits, code compliance, environmental regulations, and other necessary codes. If you are an architect approaching a new project, you may consider hiring a building permit expediter. By forming this partnership, you can focus on the job at hand, leaving the permitting to experts and ensuring complete and compliant submittals.

Save Time On Logistical Details

One of the biggest challenges of working as an architect is revising designs during the review process. By working with permit services, you can hire someone to uncover these logistics of identifying change requests and resubmittal instruction logistics from the beginning. Permit expediters stay on top of all reviews and ensures timely deliveries to keep projects on time and on budget.

Full code compliance is especially useful when implementing a cutting edge design. Permit expediters can provide code check reports to help with the pre-design process.

Understand Material Costs

When you focus on the building design, the expediter takes care of the logistics at city hall. Submittals for pre-design review can be invaluable when determining materials and code compliance issues. This will not only identify if your design is within the client's budget, but will also ease the job of the construction contractor. Overall, every person involved in building construction should be aware of all review status timelines and requirements. Having a permit expediter involved from the very beginning helps streamline the communication between the building department and the design team.

Avoid Legal Mishaps

There are few things more frustrating than completing a building plan only to learn months later that something is not up to code. When the permit expediter checks up on code from the beginning, you can catch these errors from the start. This will help you avoid problems with building and environmental boards. This is particularly true if you are dealing with a historic site or property, as these often have legal bindings on them.

By hiring a building permit expediter , you can focus on the architectural job that you were hired to perform. Depending on the size, scope, and type of work bring completed, a permit costs anywhere from less than $100 to over $1,000. An expediter is an expert on on plan submittal details, so they can ensure that your client is only paying for what they need. Getting building permits approved faster and more efficiently will save time and money in the long run.
By osd 14 Aug, 2017
Roofing companies have a clear and essential job: to put roofs on houses and other buildings. If you are a roofing company owner of contractor, it is your main duty to focus on this job, providing the best possible results for your clients. But when you have to focus on building permits as well, your... View Article The post Why Roofing Companies Can Benefit From A Permit Expeditor appeared first on Scout Services.
By osd 10 Aug, 2017
When building a home or other residential unit, handling the red tape of building permits can be time consuming. This is why some people choose to rush the process, applying for the permit without going over the details carefully. Unfortunately, this sacrifices quality. Over 98% of privately-owned residential buildings are constructed in permit-issuing zones, but... View Article The post 5 Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Building Permit Application appeared first on Scout Services.
By osd 20 Jul, 2017
If you’re planning on performing a major home renovation, you’ll need residential building permits to ensure the work being done is allowable by law. But many homeowners find that they need permit help to get their project going. In fact, you may not even know what goes into obtaining residential building permits. While the necessary... View Article The post 3 Things You Must Include In Your Building Permit Application appeared first on Scout Services.
By osd 12 Jul, 2017
Home renovations can become complicated very quickly. Even if you’re among the 31% of renovating households who choose to remodel a single room, there’s a lot that can go awry. All too often, a “simple” project ends up costing more time and money than you anticipated. Whether you’re removing a wall, putting up a fence,... View Article The post 3 Musts For Any Home Renovation appeared first on Scout Services.
By osd 11 Jul, 2017
Renovating homes for profit in the housing market is becoming increasingly popular. Even those looking to simply renovate their own homes — 40% across five major centers have plans to renovate this year — can easily earn back the money spent on the renovation when the house is eventually resold. However, before you pick up... View Article The post How To Do a Successful Renovation appeared first on Scout Services.
By osd 14 Jun, 2017
Whenever you want to install a major feature or perform a big renovation, you’ll likely need to obtain residential building permits to ensure the changes you make are safe and legal. And if you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint by implementing a source of renewable energy, you’ll probably need permit help to meet the... View Article The post Rhode Island May Implement Streamlined, Statewide Solar Permit Process appeared first on Scout Services.
By osd 26 May, 2017
If you’re planning on doing a major renovation this year, you may not have given much thought to which building permits you need. You may even feel that pulling a permit seems unnecessary. But in truth, obtaining a permit ensures the safety of your home and family and will allow you to complete your project... View Article The post 3 Major Risks You Take By Bypassing the Permit Process appeared first on Scout Services.
By osd 23 May, 2017
Renovating has become the next big thing in the real estate business. Across five major centers, 40% of homeowners plan on renovating this year. However, before you begin flipping houses or finally building that deck you’ve always wanted, make sure to avoid any legal mishaps that may result in lost money by filing for residential... View Article The post Before You Renovate, Hire a Permit Expeditor appeared first on Scout Services.
By osd 18 Apr, 2017
If you’re a business owner, you’ll undoubtedly understand the importance of superior signage. A whopping 50% of consumers say poor signage deters them from going into a business, and 60% of consumers say a lack of signage will have the same effect. But if you want to replace and improve your signage, you’re going to... View Article The post Visit Us at the International Sign Expo April 20 and 21 in Las Vegas! appeared first on Scout Services.
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