Solar Photovoltaic System

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The City of Menifee encourages the installation of renewable systems through low permit fees for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations and standardized solar permitting guidelines. All solar PV installations need an electrical permit. Additional permits may be required if structural work is necessary to support the solar PV system such as the addition of new struts and purlins or new framing members between existing framing to reduce spacing. New ground mount PV systems require Structural Calculations to be submitted. The required elements for permit applications for solar PV installations are detailed below. 

Panel upgrades require a separate application, permit and fees. Only Electrical C-10 licensed contractors may obtain panel upgrade permits. Click here to see the requirements for obtaining a panel upgrade permit. 

Applicants are responsible for contacting Southern California Edison (SCE) for utility disconnections and re-connections. 951-928-8290.

All plans submitted for solar PV systems must comply with, and reference, the 2022 California Building Standards Code that became effective on January 1, 2023, including the 2022 California Residential Code (CRC), 2022 California Electric Code (CEC), 2022 California Plumbing Code (CPC), and 2022 California Mechanical Code (CMC) as appropriate including any amendments and/or errata.

E-Plan Submittals

Solar applications for ground mounted, building-integrated, energy storage, Residential EV chargers, residential generators, additions to existing solar systems, master solar plans, and non-residential systems shall apply for a permit through Accela Citizen Access (ACA).

Submit an application, PDF plans, Licensed Declaration, verify address in City Maps. We will process your plan review if all information is complete. The system will notify the applicant via email whether the plans have been approved, or if they have corrections. Resubmit corrections through ACA and send a notification email for routing to solar email. Payments will be processed in Accela Citizen Access. A City of Menifee Business License must be active in order to obtain permits. See guide for applying for solar permit.

Plan check wait time of up to 10 business days for new solar systems, EV chargers, and residential generators. Adding to existing systems and Energy storage systems have a turn around time of up to 14 business day.  Energy storage systems are also reviewed by the Fire department. Master Solar plans have a 14 business day turnaround time. Re-submittal turn-around times are the same. 

All solar inspection shall be scheduled through Accela Citizen Access.
See how to schedule an inspection