Local Option - Building Permit Fee Waivers for Renewable Energy Projects

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Eligibility: 
Commercial
Construction
Industrial
Local Government
Nonprofit
Residential
Schools
State Government
Federal Government
Installers/Contractors
Tribal Government
Agricultural
Multifamily Residential
Institutional
Savings Category: 
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind (All)
Biomass
Hydroelectric
Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
Landfill Gas
Tidal
Wave
Ocean Thermal
Wind (Small)
Hydroelectric (Small)
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Program Info
Sector Name: 
State
State: 
Connecticut
Program Type: 
Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Summary: 
As of July 2011, Connecticut authorizes municipalities to pass a local ordinance to exempt "Class I" renewable energy projects from paying building permit fees. Class I renewable energy projects include energy derived from solar power, wind power, fuel cells (using renewable or non-renewable fuels), methane gas from landfills, ocean thermal power, wave or tidal power, low-emission advanced renewable energy conversion technologies, certain newer run-of-the-river hydropower facilities not exceeding five megawatts (MW) in capacity, and sustainable biomass facilities. (Emissions limits apply to electricity generated by sustainable biomass facilities.)

Public Act 15-194 effective October 1st 2015, requires each municipality to incorporate residential solar photovoltaic systems on its building permit application process. The municipalities are allowed to waive the permit application fee for such systems.