Half of cities in L.A. County overcharge for solar permits, Sierra Club says

Jun 20, 2011 Full story: Los Angeles Times

More than half of the municipalities inLos Angeles Countyare overcharging for commercial solar installation permit fees, according to a new report from the Sierra Club .

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Kurt Newick

San Pablo, CA

#1 Jun 21, 2011
A new report has been published for the Sierra Club’s Commercial and Residential PV permit fee campaign for Los Angeles County (see: www.solarpermitfees.org/losangeles.html ). This web link has an executive summary of the report that shows fee rankings for all jurisdictions in Los Angeles County.

The survey report shows that for commercial PV projects 131 kW in size, 62%(55 out of 89) L. A. County jurisdictions are over-charging fees, exceeding maximum cost recovery threshold levels as determined by a basic PV permit fee calculator highlighted in this new report. In addition, 47%(42 of 89) cities are charging excessive fees for residential PV projects.

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