Solar Permits

Photovoltaic Solar Systems

There are multiple types of applications when it comes to the installation of solar systems.

Explanation of Permits

Learn about the different criteria that we review before issuing a Development Permit and a Building Permit.

Micro-generation Application

Micro-generation is the term used to describe alternate or renewable energy resources. These include solar, wind and hydro. Currently, The City only accepts solar applications, and an application process must be followed.

Please go to our  web page for information on this application process.

Development Permit

A Development Permit is required to ensure that the solar installation complies with the Zoning Bylaw in regards to placement, size and height. 

How long does it take to process?

Note: During building season (April 1 - October 31), processing times may take longer, due to the number of applications that are submitted during this time.

In most cases, it will take 2-5 business days for review. Once the initial review is complete, the application will be circulated to the Electric, Light & Power Department to ensure they are aware of the solar installation and have no concerns.

What are the fees?

Please refer to 'Schedule A' of the Development Permit Fee Bylaw 3555/A-2019 (pdf) to find the fees associated with the Development Permit.

Building Permit

A Building Permit is required to review the safety components of installing solar panels, ensuring they are installed correctly and the structure they are attached to can handle the loading (weight) of them.

How long does it take to process?

Note: During building season (April 1 - October 31), processing times may take longer, due to the number of applications that are submitted during this time.

In most cases, it will take 7-10 business days to review and issue. The Building Permit cannot be issued until the Development Permit has been issued. 

What are the fees?

Please refer to 'Schedule A' of the Safety Codes Permit Bylaw 3551/2015 (pdf) to find the fees associated with a Building Permit for residential dwellings.

Permit Application Process

Check out what is included with each step of the process, from preparing your documents to beginning construction.

Who can apply?

A homeowner or licensed contractor can submit permit applications. If you are not the owner of the property, you will need to include a Letter of Authorization (pdf) with the application package.

If you are a contractor requiring a City of Red Deer Business Licence, please visit our Licensing page before submitting your permit application.

Step 1: Prepare your documents

Before submitting your permit applications, you need to prepare all the plan documents and forms that are required for your submission. Review the respective requirements list and forms for each permit.

User Guides

These guides will help you prepare and save your required plan documents to submit during your application process.

Development Permit

Building Permit

What else should I know?

It may take up to three weeks for an application to be processed. Once a permit has been reviewed and approved by a Safety Codes Officer it will only be released when all applicable sub-trade permits are in place. 

Step 2: Submit your applications

How do I apply?

Development Permits

Development Permits can be submitted via email. Submit a fully completed package, including all spaces filled out on each application form and providing all items on the requirements list from Step 1: Prepare your documents. A complete application package allows us to start your file. Email the package to

Building Permits

Building Permits can be submitted online using MyPermits. Please ensure you have all the documents and drawings you need for your project by following the requirement list and plan submission standards documents from Step 1: Prepare your documents. You will be required to upload these files to ProjectDox to complete your application. If the application is incomplete, the permit will be returned to you to submit the missing items.

  1. Visit MyPermits and complete a Building Permit application.
  2. You will receive an email to the address you specified as the applicant inviting you to access your project in ProjectDox for your permit application.
  3. Log in to ProjectDox with an existing account or with your temporary password provided in the email.
  4. Upload the plan documents you prepared for your application from the Upload & Submit task on your dashboard.

For assistance, refer to our ProjectDox Applicant Guide (pdf).

link to the MyPermits site

Building Permits can also be submitted via email. Submit a fully completed package, including all spaces filled out on the application form and providing all items on the respective requirement list from Step 1: Prepare your documents. Email the package to

Step 3: Processing your applications

Once we receive your complete permit applications, the Development Officer and the Building Safety Codes Officer will conduct a review of the permits, ensuring the proposed development complies with the Zoning Bylaw and the Safety Codes Act, respectively.

You will receive email notifications throughout the application process, including:

  • If we need more information;
  • When payment is required;
  • When the permit is issued.

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Step 4: Sub-trades permits

You will need an electrical permit to accompany your solar panel project.

Who can apply?

A master electrician with a City of Red Deer Business Licence and Solar Certification can apply for a Solar Permit. Visit the Business Licence page to view what is required to apply for a licence. Contact Licensing at 403-342-8182 or for more information.

How do I apply?

Fill out a paper application and submit it by email to or in person at the Inspections and Licensing Customer Service counter on the first floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please note: electrical permits for solar installations must be applied for in person at City Hall. Additional documentation and a Safety Codes Officer review will be required.   

Required Documents

  • Single Line Diagram 
  • Equipment List including manufacture and model number for each major component
  • Images of where panels will be placed on the building
  • Proof of Solar Certification
Step 5: Site inspections

What inspections will I need?

The required inspections will be determined when the Safety Codes Officer reviews your application, and will be listed on the Safety Codes Building Permit when it is approved and issued.

If you've obtained any sub-trade permits, you may need two inspections during the course of the respective permit. 

  1. A rough-in inspection before concealing any work
  2. A final inspection once everything is complete

If you obtain multiple sub-trades permits, these inspections will apply to each permit type.

When can I schedule an inspection?

Once your Safety Codes Building Permit has been approved and issued, you will receive an email with instructions of how to schedule an inspection.

How do I know the outcome of my inspection(s)?

You will receive an email notification informing you of the outcome of each inspection.