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Before applying for an automated solar plan review and solar permit, projects must follow certain requirements. At this time, SolarAPP+ is designed to provide a code-compliance check for the majority of residential, roof-mounted, retrofit photovoltaic systems. To see which systems are eligible, please refer to the Eligibility Checklist. Only projects that conform to this list are eligible to use the automated SolarAPP+ portal for instant permitting.

NOTE: Any solar projects located at or above 3,000 feet elevation must be submitted through our Online Building Permitting Application, not SolarAPP+.

Eligibility to use SolarAPP+

  • Main Dwelling Rooftop, Permitted, Residential structures only.
  • Must be Licensed contractor that has previously registered with SolarAPP+.
  • Located in unincorporated Tulare County and not under any city jurisdiction. (Properties within City of Exeter and Farmersville are not eligible for SolarApp+ at this time.)
  • For a full list of requirements, please click here.

1) Submit for automated review through SolarAPP+

  • To start using SolarAPP+, register and submit your design through the SolarAPP+ Webpage.
  • A processing fee will be charged by SolarAPP+.
  • Download the approved plans.

NOTE:  If your project is rejected please work directly with SolarAPP+.

2) Apply for a Permit

  • Active contractors license by the California State License Board is required. 
  • Apply for a Solar Residential (SolarAPP) permit in the CSS Portal
  • Attach your SolarAPP+ Approval Document
  • Attach a Site Plan
  • Upload a signed Agent Authorization form with copy of Property owner's government issued ID OR a copy of the signed contract between the contractor and property owner.
  • Pay for the Permit 

3) Schedule an Inspection

  • Building inspections are typically carried out the next business day after the request unless otherwise noted.
  • Call in for inspections using our automated inspection scheduling system at (559) 624-7104. 


SolarAPP+ Revisions

  1. Submit for a revision through SolarAPP+ first, you will be provided with a downloadable revised SolarAPP+ Approval Document.
  2. Call the Permit Center at (559) 624-7000 to request a revision to your existing permit. Permit Center staff will look up the status of the existing permit to determine whether a revision can be made or a new permit is needed and will provide further instructions. Additional fees will apply.


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