Jurisdiction Rules and Regulations

Nevada jurisdictions can have different requirements for solar installations. Below are the requirements for participating Nevada jurisdictions.

Other Contractor Resources

Carson City

Informational Links

Carson City
Department: Building Division
Solar Guidelines: Photovoltaic Systems Plan Submittal Requirements

Permitting Information

Methods: In-Person, Drop-off/Pick-Up
Average Time: Ten business days
Fee: 1.5% of project value
Submission Instructions: Bring completed applications to the Carson City Building Division.

Address:
108 E. Proctor St.
Carson City, NV 89701

Phone: (775) 887-2310

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

Required Permit Forms

Refer to the Carson City Photovoltaic Systems Plan Submittal Requirements for all required documents.

Professional Requirements

Structural (wind): Supporting Wind Design Validation provided by Nevada licensed structural engineer
Structural (gravity): Roof mounted system design by a Nevada licensed structural engineer
Electrical Drawing(s): Electrical Single Line Diagram with UL listings
Equipment Information: Panels, inverter, DC voltage; panels, with Over Current Protection Device (OCPD)
Site Drawing(s): Site plan (ground mounted only), roof plan, no elevation

Zoning Requirements

Historical restrictions only

Inspection Process

Please call the Building Division at (775) 887-2310 to schedule inspections.

Churchill County

Informational Links

Churchill County
Department: Building Department

Permitting Information

Methods: In-Person, Drop-off/Pick-Up
Average Time: Two to five days
Fee: About 2% of project value (actual fees calculated by staff)
Submission Instructions: Bring completed applications to Churchill County Building Department.

Address:
155 N. Taylor St. Ste. 170
Fallon, NV 89406

Phone: (775) 428-0264

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Required Permit Forms

Refer to the Building Permit Instructions for all required permit documents.

Building Permit Form

Professional Requirements

Structural (wind): Supporting Wind Design Validation provided by mounting manufacturer or structural engineer
Structural (gravity): Yes, roof load calculations by structural engineer required
Electrical Drawing(s): Electrical Single Line Diagram
Equipment Information: All equipment cut sheets (panels, mounting system, inverter)
Site Drawing(s): Roof layout drawing

Zoning Requirements

Building code has height restrictions on height of a single-family residence only (see Online Code).

Inspection Process

Call (775) 428-0264 to make a request for the inspection 24 hours prior to the desired time of the inspection. You will need to have available your name, the address of the property, the type of inspection required, and the permit number.

City of Henderson

Informational Links

City of Henderson
Department: Building & Fire Safety

Permitting Information

Methods: In-Person, Over-the-Counter, or Drop-off/Pick-Up
Average Time: Walk-in: Less than one day
Drop-off: About five days
Fee: Online Fee Calculator - specific solar PV category
Online Payment Option
Submission Instructions: Bring completed applications to the Churchill County Building Department.

Address:
240 S. Water St.
Henderson, NV 89015

Online Permit Status

Required Permit Forms

Building Permit Form

Professional Requirements

Structural (wind): Supporting Wind Design Validation provided by mounting manufacturer or structural engineer
Structural (gravity): Not Required
Electrical Drawing(s): Electrical Single Line Diagram with equipment listings
Equipment Information: None
Site Drawing(s): Roof layout drawings

Zoning Requirements

Local ordinance measures for height and conformity - Chapter 19.5.7 of local ordinance

Inspection Process

Building inspections can be scheduled using the automated IVR system (702) 267-3777 or by using the Inspection Scheduling function in DSC Online.

City of Las Vegas

Informational Links

City of Henderson
Department: Building and Safety Department
Solar Guidelines: Sustaining Las Vegas

Permitting Information

Methods: In-Person, Over-the-counter for expedited.
In-Person, Drop off/Pick up for all others.
Average Time: 30-60 minutes for expedited.
5-10 days for all others.
Fee: $150 flat for expedited.
See Online Fee Calculator for all other systems.
Submission Instructions: Visit Building and Safety Department at Development Services Center

Address:
333 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89106 (map)

Phone: (702) 229-6251

Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00am-5:30pm

Required Permit Forms

Log In or Create an Account to complete the forms using this website. If you prefer, you can also download the Expedited Solar Permit Process (includes permit, site plan, equipment, and single line diagram).

For projects that do not qualify for expedited review, a Building Permit Application is required.

Professional Requirements

Structural (wind): If install does not match Solar ABC’s criteria, include wind analysis by registered design professional.
Structural (gravity): If install does not match Solar ABC’s criteria, include building structural analysys by registered design professional.
Electrical Drawing(s): Electrical Single Line Diagram (see Expedited Permit Process)
Equipment Information: System panels, inverters, mounting system cut sheets (see Expedited Permit Process)
Site Drawing(s): Site plan with equipment layout

Zoning Requirements

  • Publically visible solar panels are permitted to extend up to 40 inches beyond the maximum roof height limitations when visible from a public right of way.
  • Solar panels should match roof color and appearance when mounted on a sloped roof.
  • Special attention is given to Historic Districts, as the Las Vegas Municipal Code (LVMC) must approve all proposed units.

Inspection Process

Building inspections may be Scheduled online or by calling (702) 229-4677.

City of North Las Vegas

Informational Links

City of Henderson
Department: Building Safety Division

Permitting Information

Methods: In-Person, Over-the-Counter
Average Time: Less than one day, unless errors or SE calculations required
Fee: Online Fee Calculator - incremental value-based fee
Submission Instructions: Bring completed applications to the Permit Application Center.

Address:
2250 Las Vegas Boulevard N, Ste 170
North Las Vegas, NV 89030

Phone: (702) 633-1536

Online Plans Review and Application Tracking

Required Permit Forms

Professional Requirements

Structural (wind): Supporting Wind Design Validation provided by mounting manufacturer or structural engineer
Structural (gravity): Case-by-case, typically if structure is over ten years old
Electrical Drawing(s): Electrical Single Line Diagram
Equipment Information: None
Site Drawing(s): Roof Layout Drawing

Zoning Requirements

Solar panel equipment (with the exception of the solar collection cells) shall match the roof in color and appearance, mount directly to the roof plane, and be integral to the roof design. See Ordinance

Inspection Process

2250 Las Vegas Boulevard N, Ste 300
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Phone: (702) 633-1576
Fax: (702) 633-5278
Schedule and review inspection results using the automated phone system: (702) 633-2328
Online Inspection Request

City of Reno

Informational Links

City of Henderson
Department: Community Development
Solar Guidelines: Refer to Washoe County's Solar Guide as a reference

Permitting Information

Methods: In-Person, Drop-off/Pick-Up
Average Time: Thre to four days typically, up to ten days guidance
Fee: 1.5% of project value - fixed
Submission Instructions: Come to City Hall (2nd Floor) to drop off packages.

The Community Development Department has moved to 1 East Street. The Administration, Building, Engineering and Planning divisions are now with the Business License division on the 2nd Floor of City Hall. Please submit all building planning and engineering applications at the new Development and Business Center. Parking is available at the Cal Neva parking garage off of Center Street.

Permit Tracking: Virtual Permit Place

Required Permit Forms

Refer to the Washoe County's Solar Guide' for required documents.

Professional Requirements

Structural (wind): Applicants must demonstrate evidence of wind design validation.
Structural (gravity): Building structural analysis by licensed structural engineer required on all systems.
Electrical Drawing(s): Electrical Single Line Diagram with listings from NRTL
Equipment Information: System panels, inverters, mounting system cut sheets
Site Drawing(s): Roof and equipment layout diagram

Zoning Requirements

None identified in Reno's Land Development Code.

Other Requirements

Calculations on the wiring sizing must be performed on the electrical drawings.

Inspection Process

Inspections can be made online at Virtual Permit Place. After the inspection is scheduled, please call (775) 334-2060 between 7:30am and 8:00am on the day of the scheduled inspection if you wish to speak with the building inspector to schedule an approximate time for the inspection.

Clark County

Informational Links

Solar Contractors
Department: Building Department
Solar Guidelines: Clark County Department of Building: Solar Photovoltaic Systems Building Permit Guide

Permitting Information

Methods: In-Person, Over-the-Counter for systems under 5kW
Drop-off/Pick-Up for all others
Average Time: About one hour for systems under 5kW, Seven days for all others
Fee: Online Fee Calculator
Submission Instructions: Bring completed applications to the Clark County Building Department.

Address:
4701 W. Russell Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118-2231

Phone:(702) 455-3000

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm
Monitor Plans Review Online

Required Permit Forms

Residential:

Commercial:

Refer to the Clark County Solar Photovoltaic Systems Building Permit Guide for required documents

Professional Requirements

Structural (wind): Supporting Wind Design Validation provided by mounting manufacturer or structural engineer.
Structural (gravity): Yes, if solar system increases the gravity load to the roof framing system by more than 5%.
Electrical Drawing(s): Electrical Single Line Diagram
Equipment Information: Manufacturer cut sheet for the PV module(s) to include evidence of listing.
Site Drawing(s): Roof layout plan

Zoning Requirements

Noise, clearance, screening on non-panel equipment (see Zoning: Electric Generation, Distributed provisions)

Inspection Process

See Inspections Home Page

Douglas County

Informational Links

City of Henderson
Department: Building Division
Solar Guidelines: Photovoltaic Permit Guide

Permitting Information

Methods: In-Person, Drop-off/Pick-Up
Average Time: Ten days
Fee: Permit fees are reduced by 50% (see published Fee Guide)
Submission Instructions: Bring completed applications to Douglas County Building Division.

Address:
1594 Esmeralda Ave.
Minden, NV 89423

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-3pm,
Friday, 8am-12pm
Permit Progress Checking Online

Required Permit Forms

Refer to the Douglas County Photovoltaic Permit Guide for required documents.

Professional Requirements

Structural (wind): Supporting wind design validation provided by mounting manufacturer or structural engineer.
Structural (gravity): A structural engineer's signature and seal is required for PV modules to be installed.
Electrical Drawing(s): Electrical One-Line Diagram, with requirements listed on the PV Guide
Equipment Information: PV Panel Manufacturer's Spec Sheets
Site Drawing(s): Site/Plot Plan for ground mount systems

Zoning Requirements

Local ordinance measures for height and conformity (see TITLE 20-308)

Inspection Process

Call Building Division for inspection appointments at (775) 782-6224, 24-hour call in, next working day.

Washoe County

Informational Links

City of Henderson
Department: Building and Safety
Solar Guidelines: Washoe County Plan Submittal - Solar Photovoltaic Systems - Electrical Generation Systems

Permitting Information

Methods: In-Person, Drop-off/Pick-Up
Average Time: n/a
Fee: Fee Sheet Formula: $45 plus fees based on PV module surface area
Submission Instructions: Bring completed applications to Washoe County Department of Building and Safety.

Address:
1001 E. Ninth Street
PO Box 11130
Reno, NV 89520-0027

Phone: (775) 328-2020

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

Required Permit Forms

Solar-Specific Application (part of the Solar PV Plan Submittal Guide)

Professional Requirements

Structural (wind): Follow Form Instructions (see Submittal Guide).
Structural (gravity): Yes, if roof material and sheathing is over 8psf, or if metal/tile material (see Submittal Guide)
Electrical Drawing(s): Follow Form Instructions.
Equipment Information: Panels, Inverters, and Racking (if used to determine spacing)
Site Drawing(s): Follow Form Instructions.

Zoning Requirements

None

Other Requirements

Indication of NV Energy contact person/date, snow loading above elevation cutoff

Inspection Process

Inspection Checklist in Submittal Guide. Automated Inspection Line: (775) 325-8000