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The Village of Bartlett is currently participating in the SolSmart program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, which helps local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth and makes it easier for homes and businesses to go solar.

Village of Bartlett Solar Policy Statement

The Village of Bartlett fully supports the installation of solar/photovoltaic systems. The systems, whether they are installed in residential or non-residential zoned districts, are treated in the same manner. The Village shall review and issue solar/photovoltaic system permits within 3 days if all of the required submittal information and documentation is provided with the permit application.

The Village also provides for specific inspection times for the required inspections of the solar/photovoltaic system installations, as it does for all of its building permit inspections. The Building Department typically requires at least 24 hours notice for an inspection but in many instances, staff can accommodate an inspection request the same day as requested. There is rough inspection, which will take place during the installation process and also a final inspection, which will be an inspection of the completed installation. 

Solar Panel Systems - Required Submittals

Permit & Application Checklist

The following are links to the Village of Bartlett building permit application and plan review form which are used for all permits in the Village and those requiring plan review, including solar/photovoltaic installations. Additionally, the Village uses the on-line checklist from Solar ABC’s as the checklist for installations in the Village. 

The solar permit fees are the same as any building permit. The fees are based on the cost of construction (see table 9-3-4 BBC). The Village does require that an Illinois Licensed Structural Engineer provide documentation and calculations that an existing roof structure will accommodate the existing roof loads and the new solar installation loads. The contractor and the licensed electrician shall be listed on the permit and 4 sets of plans, documentation and equipment specifications shall be submitted. Ground mounted systems shall be noted on a current plat of survey and shall meet all requirements for accessory structure use under the Village Zoning Ordinance. Plan reviews are turned around and permits issued within 3 days and inspections are scheduled as soon as they are requested.

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