Plan reviewers from the Bureau of Development Services will participate in the review of your plans.
The review groups that will check a solar installation include:
- Planning and Zoning
- Life Safety Review
- Structural Review
- Electrical Review (for projects over 25 kva)
In most cases, simple solar installations can be reviewed and issued “over the counter”. Depending on the day, you can plan to spend a couple of hours in the Development Services Center to process your permit and leave with an issued permit the same day. If the project is not simple enough the plans will be taken in for review.
- See the Permit Processing Flowchart
A checksheet is sent to the applicant when a reviewer needs additional information or a correction has to be made to the plans. When you have gathered the additional information or made the corrections, bring the plans/information to the Development Services Center. Reviewers will be notified that a checksheet response has been received and the review will continue. More information on checksheets.
Status reports are available after your project has been assigned to reviewers. Status reports show all reviews and include the reviewer’s name and phone number. To obtain a status report, call (503) 823-7000 and select option four to have a status report faxed to you or call (503) 823-7357 to have one mailed to you.
When the last technical review is approved, your permit will be pre-issued. You will be contacted when your permit is ready, and of your final fee total. Fees may be paid by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard or American Express.
If your permit is ready for issuance, you may pick up your permit between 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, or between 8am -12pm on Thursday, at Permitting Services, located on the 2nd floor of1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR. For more information call (503) 823-7357.