Oklahoma City residents can harness solar energy for their home or business. A simple permitting process is required by the City. Permitting, review, and inspection is conducted by the City’s Development Center. You can reach Development Center staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays by walk-in at 420 W Main Street, 8th floor, by phone at (405)-297-2948, or by fax at (405)-552-6024.
- Any new solar project requires an Electrical Permit.
- When completing the Electrical Permit application, attach project documentation including manufacturer spec sheets for solar modules, inverters and/or any other electrical components of the solar energy project's system. List attachments in the "Other Information" field at the bottom of the document.
- If you are building a new structure for the panels or attaching panels to an existing roof, you will also need a Building Permit.
- When completing the Building Permit application, select "Add on" in the Permit Information section. Specifics of the solar energy project should be placed in the existing fields ("Overall Height," Square Footage," etc.) and any additional information regarding placement or dimensions added in the Applicant Remarks section.
- There is a minimum fee of $55. You can review fees for Electrical Permits and Building Permits.
Additionally, residents are encouraged to contact their utility provider for any additional specifications regarding rate tariffs, interconnection, or net metering if a system is connected to the grid.
Businesses are encouraged to explore use of the federal Business Energy Investment Tax Credit, which provides a 30 percent uncapped tax credit based on the overall project cost for specific types of solar energy projects.
Residents are encouraged to explore use of the federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit, which provides a 30 percent uncapped tax credit based on the overall project cost for specific types of solar energy projects on a dwelling owned and used as a residence by the applying taxpayer.