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We Did It! AB 2188 is Now Law


California made history yesterday when Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2188 (Muratsuchi), making California the first state in the country to mandate a standardized, streamlined solar permitting practice statewide.
 

Key elements of AB 2188:

  • Every city and county in the state of California is required to adopt a simplified permitting procedure for residential rooftop solar systems via ordinance by Sept. 30, 2015.
  • This permitting procedure must substantially conform to the best practices found in the most updated version of Office of Planning and Research’s Solar Permitting Guidebook, including the timely review of permitting documents and the scheduling of inspections (24 hours for permit review and 1-2 days for inspection scheduling). In addition, cities and counties are required to adopt the standard checklists and plans contained in the Guidebook.
  • Cities and counties are required to use the Internet to post permitting requirements and documents as well as utilize electronic means of communication (Internet, email, or fax) to accept permit applications. Cities and counties must also accept electric signatures.
  • Only one inspection shall be required, thereby eliminating rough or pre-inspection practices statewide.
  • Cuts in half the allowable limits homeowner associations (HOA) can apply to rooftop solar and prevents a city or county from holding up permit review based on HOA process.
 
The law officially goes into effect January 1, 2015. CALSEIA will join with local elected officials and author, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi in Torrance on Wednesday to celebrate the signing of AB 2188.
 
A webinar covering the details of AB 2188 and the new Guidebook forthcoming. 

Thank You

A special thanks go out to all the people who sent in letters of support and made calls to their elected officials. We couldn't have done this without you. 

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