T&E ITEM 7
February 26, 2014
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Worksession: Bill 10-14, Buildings - Solar Permits - Expedited Review
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.
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. See ©5 of Bill 4-14, T&E
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statement for this Bill will be transmitted after March
17 (see ©4).
Issues for Committee Discussion
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.
Are reduced/ees appropriate/or these permits?
As noted above, this bill would require
the Department to reduce permit fees for this type of permit by 50%. Enacting this bill could
provide an incentive for residents to install these devices, but Councilmembers should be aware
that because the Department is an enterprise fund, enacting reduced fees could require a transfer
of funds from the General Fund.