Solar Panel Permits

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Solar Panel Guide

Cleveland’s solar market is on the rise. As solar prices decline, residents and businesses of Cleveland will continue to adopt solar to reduce energy costs, improve property values, and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.


Solar installations are defined as an exterior alteration under the general building permitting system, and as such require a building permit. Both commercial and residential installations (rooftop and ground mounted systems) require zoning review and permits.

Solar installations in new construction projects are treated similarly to any other building systems in terms of the overall zoning and permitting process, while being subject to solar-specific requirements and scenarios. 

For more information, please review the Solar Panel Guide linked above.