Permits for Solar Photovoltaic installations can now be applied for online at www.arvadapermits.org
The City of Arvada is designated as a Solar Friendly Community. The certification is awarded by Solar Friendly Communities earned by communities that are leaders in adopting best practices in permitting, inspection, planning and public education to help residents get solar. Permits and inspections are required for all solar photovoltaic systems installed on residential and commercial structures. Below are the guidelines for submitting solar permit applications, scheduling inspections and closing the permit.
What Needs to be Submitted
Items must be submitted with your completed permit application. All attachments need to be PDF format. If you have questions about the items that need to be attached please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Plan Set
- Site Plan with equipment located within the structure. Including a three-line diagram of wiring requirements.
- Subcontractors approval form- if electrical contractor is not associated with General Contractor. The form can be downloaded from the list "Contractor Resources".
Plan Submittal Checklist
Applications can be submitted in person or electronically using the online customer portal at www.arvadapermits.org. If using the online application submittal, all documents must be attached in a PDF format.
Once a complete application is submitted, it will receive a plan review, when the plan review is complete, the applicant will be notified via e-mail when the permit is approved and ready for payment. Licensed contractors will be asked to login using your contractor license number in the "Company" field and your password. If you don't remember your password you can use the "Forgot your password" link and the information will be sent to the email on file.
Plans and applications can be dropped off at 8101 Ralston Rd Arvada, CO 80001 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Online Application Process
The City of Arvada uses eTRAKiT for the Permit application process.
- New to eTRAKiT? View our log in instructions and eTRAKiT application guide.
- Returning User? Login to the eTRAKiT application.
A technical plan review is completed within seven (7) days from when a complete application has been submitted. Applicants can monitor the process through arvadapermits.org. An email will be sent to the applicant when the permit is approved and ready for payment.
Fees are based on job values, the valuation that is entered must be the full valuation prior to any rebates. Once the permit is approved fees can be paid online using Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
- $40 Residential / Table 18-1 Commercial not to exceed $1000.
- $30 Plan Review Fee
- Use Tax
What is Use Tax?
Use tax is a tax that is assessed in lieu of sales tax. The Arvada use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate, 3.46%. Building use tax is assessed on construction materials that are used in Arvada. The revenues from building use tax are utilized to fund additional city services related to construction growth.
The tax is computed on the total value of the project. The construction project valuation is based on statistical data relating to costs of similar projects or the actual contract price of a project. Although an individual may conduct the construction work themselves and may obtain materials at a discount or no cost to the project still results in increased value to the improvements. Consequently, use tax is calculated on the greater of the calculated or contract values.
The building permit fee and Use Tax are based on the total value of construction. Use the Permit Fee Table to generate your fee. Use Tax is 56% of the job value multiplied by 3.46%.
Inspections can be scheduled until 6:00 a.m. of the desired inspection date. Inspections are completed Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All inspection can be scheduled using arvadapermits.org or by calling 720-898-7630 and using the automated line. A 3-digit inspection code is required.
- Rough Electrical (new construction only)
- Rough Framing (new construction only)
- Final Building
- Final Electrical
If you have questions about whether or not an inspection is needed please schedule the inspection and leave a note for the inspector to contact you.
Closing the permit:
Once the final building inspection is completed, the permit will be closed. Please review the permit status and inspection results on arvadapermits.org. An email will be sent to the applicant when the permit has been completed.
- State the name of the product being used and the product literature.
- Specify if the system is stand alone or interactive.
- Roof mounted systems must be on permanent standoffs and provide the following:
- Type of roof structure (Roof trusses or rafters)
- Method of locating roof framing members
- Provide mounting details. All permanent standoffs shall be mounted to structural members and properly flashed to accommodate re-roofing.
- An Engineer’s report regarding the dead-load capability of the existing roof structure and its ability to support the added weight of the solar photovoltaic system. The report must include the required wind speed and snow load for the site. If the panels project above the ridge line of the roof, this must also be part of the report.
- Wind speed: 105 MPH east of HWY 93. 110 MPH west of HWY 93. Exposure C.
- Ground snow: 30 PSF
- Provide a three-line diagram that includes the following information:
- Conductor size, material (copper, aluminum) and insulation types.
- Main over-current device ratings.
- Existing and new panel busbar amperage ratings.
- Series and parallel configuration of the module connections.
- Provide all calculations from modules to inverter and inverter to point of connection.
- Provide all applicable warning and marking labels for AC and DC disconnects as required.
- The location of all modules, inverters, disconnects, and service equipment.
- The location of all batteries.
- The location and connection of all grounding electrode conductors.
- The clearances around all equipment noted above.
- Conduit or cable type & size, i.e. nonmetallic, EMT, direct burial cable ect.
- Module short circuit current ratings
- Module open circuit voltage ratings
- Module series fuse ratings
- Inverter maximum output current rating
- Inverter maximum over-current protection- output/input per manufacturer
- Rapid Shutdown compliant per 2014 NEC, Section 690.12
- All U.L. File number, listings and remaining specifications
- Provide all associated documentation/cut sheets, and installation instructions on equipment, i.e., inverters, disconnects, modules, charge controllers, over current devices, hardware specifications, ect.
- Main Telephone Number:
- Street Address:
8101 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80002