Santa Barbara Launches On-Demand Solar Permitting
Source: City of Santa Barbara
In an effort to improve local energy resiliency, the City is further streamlining the permitting process for both solar and solar with battery energy storage systems through On-Demand Permitting (ODP). ODP eliminates the plan check phase in permitting and issues a permit immediately, as long as the proposed project meets minimum requirements.
With the increasing threat of power shutoffs due to high winds, fire danger, and other natural disasters, energy resilience and reliability have become significant concerns for Santa Barbara and building distributed energy resources, like energy generation and storage, is an important step towards ensuring both. Ultimately, the City hopes to support widespread adoption of solar and battery energy storage systems by accelerating the permitting process.
The City of Santa Barbara is committed to meeting its energy and climate goals through thoughtful policies and programs that make it easier for our community to take sustainable action. Streamlining solar and battery storage permits through this on-demand program will support an energy-resilient Santa Barbara.
Solar systems rated less than 10kW with optional energy storage systems less than 27kWh are eligible for this type of permit. City Building and Safety staff will verify that the project has met the permits agreed upon terms and conditions during project inspection.
Building contractors can get these instant online permits through the Accela Citizen Access portal: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/cd/building/acabuildingpermits.asp.