Photovoltaic Systems (PV)

All photovoltaic systems are required to meet our Residential Photovoltaic Requirements (PDF) and digital submittal requirements (PDF) (updated January 1, 2022).

Three options are available for PV plan check:

  • SolarAPP+: SolarAPP+ is available as of September 30, 2023. SolarAPP+ allows for automated plan review. Once this is completed, you may submit your approved plans to our CSS portal for automatic permit issuance. 
  • Expedited: Qualifying City Standard Plans PV systems may utilize our expedited  process (3 business days). 
  • Standard: All PV systems may be submitted through our regular process (10-12 business days). Plans that are not City Standard Plans will not receive expedited review.

NOTE: expansions to existing PV systems do not qualify for SolarAPP+ or expedited reviews.



Expedited Solar Permits with SolarAPP+

The City of Temecula now offers expedited solar permits with SolarAPP+.  Please read through all of the below information to ensure that your project qualifies for this expedited process and all proper permitting steps are completed. 

IMPORTANT (PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE PAGE)

  • Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are not permitted to be in a garage unless the home is equipped with a residential fire sprinkler system.
  • A certificate of compliance for all materials/parts being used is required by the Fire Prevention Division. These must be provided to the Fire Inspector at the time of  Fire Inspection. The Fire Prevention Division will not accept "authorization to mark pages" as acceptable documentation. Failure to meet these requirements will result in a failed inspection and potential reinspection fees.

How to Use SolarAPP+

1. Project Qualification: Determine if the project will qualify for SolarAPP+  (determine if your project is eligible here)

2. Register with the City of Temecula online for a Citizen Self Service Account (CSS) at www.TemeculaCA.gov/CSS

3. Obtain a City Business license and download a copy, here

4. Provide a valid state contractor's license in preparation for SolarAPP+

5. Register with SolarAPP+ at the following link (click on the register button in the upper right hand corner)

6.  Submit plans and required documents and obtain approvals for plan check using using SolarAPP+. Click here to login (after registering). A fee will apply. 

7. Apply for a Building Permit with the City of Temecula using the approved SolarAPP+ plan. These plans must be uploaded when apply for your Building Permit. Apply for your Building Permit at TemeculaCA.gov/CSS, and select SolarAPP+ Photovoltaic for the Permit Type. More detailed instructions are available here. A fee will apply. 

8. Request a Fire Inspection (required for all SolarAPP+ permitting) by calling 951-308-6363. This is required to be scheduled, inspected, and passed (approved) prior to scheduling a Building Inspection. 

Fire Department Inspection Requirement per the City of Temecula Fire Department

  • Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are not permitted to be in a garage unless the home is equipped with a residential fire sprinkler system.
  • Provide a certificate of compliance for all materials/parts being used.
  • No heat and/or smoke detector will be permitted to be installed in the garage as there is currently not one listed for this type of application. 
  • Emergency egress paths from windows must be provided and shown on roof plans uploaded.
  • Signage will be required and in place at the time of initial inspection.
  • Pathways and setbacks from edges of roof, hips and valleys must be provided and shown on roof plans uploaded. 

9. Request a Building Inspection at TemeculaCA.gov/inspect. As a reminder, solar inspections are not available on Fridays and a Fire Inspection must be scheduled, inspected, and passed prior to scheduling a Building Inspection.  Bring your approved SolarAPP+ plans and job cards to your scheduled inspection. 

Do I qualify for expedited solar permits with Solar App+?

Review eligibility requirements here.  Projects that are not eligible may use our standard online review process found below. 

Revisions for SolarAPP+

  1. If you need to revise previously approved plans for SolarAPP+ permits, you will need to obtained approved revisions through SolarAPP+. 
  2. Fill-out our PV Revision Request Form
  3. Once contacted by staff, you will need upload your plans in the Citizen Self Service (CSS) portalunder the original  permit.

Forms for SolarAPP+ Applications

Required City Standard Plans for Expedited Review 
Single String Systems (PV-1A) (PDF)  Plans Updated 04/06/2023
Micro-Inverter Systems (PV-1B) (PDF) Plans Updated 04/06/2023
Two String Systems (PV-1C) (PDF)  Plans Updated 04/06/2023

Initial Submittals

  1. Review our residential photovoltaic requirements and digital submittal requirements
  2. Review our online photovoltaic instructions
  3. Decide whether you will use City Standard Plans (eligible for expedited review) or regular plans (not eligible for expedited review).
  4. Submit via our online submittal form.

Resubmittals

A resubmittal is a re-submission of plans that have a correction. Resubmittals must be completed under the original permit number. Do not submit a new application for a resubmittal. Login to the Citizen Self Service (CSS) portal  and upload your updated plans.

Revisions

A revision is an alteration to an approved or issued permit. If you would like to submit a revision online, you will need to:

  1. Fill-out our PV Revision Request Form
  2. Once contacted by staff, you will need upload your plans in the Citizen Self Service (CSS) portal under the original  permit.