City of Edmonds: Open for Solar Business



The City of Edmonds has taken steps to encourage solar development by streamlining their solar permitting process, lowering permit fees and hosting a shared community solar system.


Streamlined Permitting

The City of Edmonds requires a building permit for residential solar PV installations, however installations that meet the criteria defined by the standard checklist are eligible to obtain a permit online or over-the-counter at the permit center in city hall. The cost of a building permit for the standard criteria is a flat fee of $135. The City of Edmonds utilized the standardized checklist that was developed by the Northwest Solar Communities with one slight alteration to address fire safety features. In addition, the City created a new solar webpage that serves as a one-stop portal to permitting and code compliance. Visit their website to learn more.

Shared Solar


The City of Edmonds hosts a community shared solar project on the Frances Anderson Community Center demonstrating a unique public/private partnership that enables community members to participate in a collective solar project. Along with allowing community investment, the project provides discounted electricity to the Frances Anderson Community Center thru 6/30/2020.

Learn more about the unique shared solar project here.

Utility Partner

Learn what Edmonds’ utility partner, Snohomish PUD, is doing to streamline interconnection for solar customers.