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Effective October 5, 2015, as mandated by California State Assembly Bill 2188 (AB 2188) and Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) §18.77, local governments are required to implement an expedited and streamlined permitting process for small residential rooftop solar photovoltaic systems. The City's solar permitting process greatly assists the City's ability to reach its sustainability and clean energy goal and achieve the State's objective to develop 12,000 megawatts of small-scale localized renewable electrical power in California by 2020.
The City of Long Beach is pleased to continue its express permitting services to encourage the installation of rooftop solar PV systems in order to generate renewable energy, provide stable electricity, and reduce pollution. The City's solar permitting process expedites such installations by reviewing, approving, and issuing most permits over the counter on the same day. These projects will undergo one single inspection, which can be scheduled and conducted at the convenience of the applicant upon installation of the solar PV system.