In the past several years Clackamas County has taken steps to improve permitting processes generally, for example through Oregon’s e-permit system. Local solar projects are getting support in the form of training on Oregon’s solar code changes for building code staff, there have been two solar installations on County buildings, and two Solarize initiatives in the last eighteen months.
- Currently offers online permits for electrical and hopes to offer electronic document review for building permit through Accela Citizen Access.
- Developed a flow chart with all involved departments for existing permitting process. Identified areas that can be improved and/or expedited.
- Is coordinating with their IT department to develop a Rooftop Solar Installation webpage on the County’s website.
As a member of Northwest Solar Communities, Clackamas County looks forward to sharing their successes and leveraging technical and collaborative assistance from around the region to further expand solar business in Clackamas County.