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Oahu residents can get solar PV building permits online

By Star-Advertiser Staff


Oahu residents will no longer have to wait in line to obtain a building permit to install solar panels under a new program that allows the process to be done online.

The online permitting process is available for most single-family residential photovoltaic system applications, according to a news release from the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting. Applications for commercial and multi-family dwelling PV projects must still be processed in person at one of the city’s two permit centers in Honolulu and Kapolei.

“We are encouraged by the number of residents wanting to be environmentally friendly by installing a PV system, however, the shear number of PV applications has monopolized the resources of the department at the expense of all other types of building permits,” said David Tanoue, DPP director.

“Our new application program will allow contractors to apply and receive their residential PV permits online, which will lead to better service and faster turnaround for everyone,” Tanoue said.

The online system is available on the DPP website at

The Department of Planning and Permitting also is taking steps to speed up the inspection and closure of PV permits, Tanoue said. A large increase in the number of permit applications for PV systems over the past few years has slowed the city’s ability to inspect systems and close permits.

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