Agenda Item 5E
April 22, 2014
LAmanda Mihill, Legislative
Faden, Senior Legislative
Bill 10-14, Buildings - Solar Permits - Expedited Review
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation
(2-0): enact Bill 10-14 with amendments to:
• allow a fast track permit process for installations on a single family detached home; and
• require the Department to set standardized fees by Method 2 regulation.
Bill 10-14, Buildings - Solar Permits - Expedited Review, sponsored by Councilmembers
Berliner, Floreen, and Riemer, Council Vice President Leventhal, Council President Rice, and
Councilmembers EIrich, Andrews, and Navarro, was introduced on January 28, 2014. A public
hearing was held by the Committee on February 11 and a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy
and Environment Committee worksession was held on February 26.
As introduced, Bill 10-14 would require the Department of Permitting Services to
implement an expedited review process for permits to install rooftop solar photovoltaic systems
and require the Department to charge reduced fees for those permits.
Councilmember Berliner explained the purpose of this Bill in his January 14
memorandum describing his proposed energy/environmental package (©8).
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statement for this Bill are on ©12. DPS estimates lost
revenue of $187,000 per year, assuming that 12 permits are filed each week and the permit fees
are reduced by 50%.
Should these permits be treated as expedited permits?
The Maryland National Capital
Building Industry Association (BIA) noted that these permits may be part of a larger permit
application and not easily separated for expedited review and urged the County to instead
continue to improve the overall permit review and approval process. While Council staff agrees
that continued improvements to the overall process are beneficial, enacting this bill could
provide an incentive for residents to install these environment-friendly devices.