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What is SolarAPP+?

SolarAPP+ is an online web portal that automates the plan review and process for issuing permits to qualified licensed contractors to install code-compliant residential photovoltaic (PV) systems or photovoltaic (PV) systems with battery storage.

Step 1: What projects qualify to be submitted in SolarAPP+? 

Step 2: Submit for automated review through SolarAPP+

  • Register and submit your design through the SolarAPP+ Webpage.
  • A processing fee will be charged by SolarAPP+. 
  • Download the SolarAPP+ approval document. 

Step 3: Apply for Permit 

  • Apply for a permit online via the City of Milpitas Online Permitting System.
  • Click “Apply / New Permit” to get started. 
  • Register or Login and follow the prompts to start the permit application process.
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  • Select one of the following Permit Types in the dropdown menu. Complete the application information, upload the SolarAPP+ approval documents and pay for the permit.

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  • Click on “Print Permit” on Payment Summary page once the permit fee was paid.

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Step 4: Schedule Inspection 

What is the procedure for revisions to an issued permit for SolarAPP+?

Changes to the approved design shall be submitted to the City as a revision permit for approval and the procedures depend on the scope of the proposed changes.  Below are the steps for submitting revision permit application:

Case 1: Revised project design adheres to the SolarAPP+ PV Eligibility Checklist or SolarAPP+ PV+Battery Storage Eligibility Checklist

Step 1: Submit for automated review through SolarAPP+

  • Download the SolarAPP+ approval documents

Step 2: Apply for Revision Permit

  • Complete and sign the Revision Permit Application
  • Email the completed and signed form along with the SolarAPP+ approval documents to with subject line as follows: Revision application for (original issued permit no.) at (site address)
  • Provide description of the revisions from the approved permit in the email content.

Step 3: Schedule Inspection

Case 2: Revised project design does NOT adhere to the SolarAPP+ eligibility checklists

Step 1: Prepare submittal package of design drawings and documents for plan review 

  • Due to the change of scope that does not conform to the SolarAPP+ eligibility checklists, complete set of design drawings and documents shall be submitted for review and approval.
  • Please review in detail and follow the submittal requirements.  

Step 2: Apply for Revision Permit

  • Submit your revision application through below online submittal system and select “Revision” in the dropdown menu.
  • After you have completed your upload of the submittal package, please click the “Submittal Complete – Notify City of Milpitas” button at the bottom of the pop-up window of the Applicant Upload Task to complete your submittal process.
  • Obtain approval through the plan review process.
  • An updated permit card with the updated project scope description will be issued once the permit is approved.

Step 3: Schedule Inspection

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