SolarAPP+ Pilot Program


Licensed Contractors Can Now Submit Through SolarAPP+:

Residential roof-mounted photovoltaic designs for automated review through SolarAPP+; and 

An online application for an auto-issued permit. 

Automated Solar Plan Review

Before applying for an automated solar plan review and solar permit, projects must follow certain requirements.

Solar APP+ is designed to provide a code-compliance check for the majority of residential, roof-mounted, retrofit photovoltaic systems.

To see which systems are eligible, please refer to the SolarAPP+ Eligibility Checklist. Only projects that conform to this list are eligible to use the automated SolarAPP+ portal for instant permitting. 

 Using SolarAPP+

Step 1: Eligibility to Use SolarAPP+

Main dwelling rooftop, permitted, residential structures only

No ballasted or ground mounted systems.

Please review the SolarAPP+ Eligibility Checklist for acceptable projects

Licensed Contractors Only

Step 2: Submit for Automated Review Through SolarApp+

Submit Solar/Photovoltaic design at

Click Login or Register to get started.

Have Contractors license information available to complete this step.

A processing fee will be charged by SolarApp+ NREL.


Step 3:  Apply for Permit

Apply for a permit online via the Redlands Online Public Portal.

Click Login or Register to get started.

Accept the terms of service, then select apply at the top header, then select Solarapp+ (Preapproved).

Click Continue Application and follow the prompts.

Include the SolarAPP+ Approval Document and input the SolarAPP+ approval number to proceed.

Follow the prompts to make payment online, print the provided permit documents.

Revisions (see below Revisions section).


Step 4:  Schedule Your Inspection

Click on the QR code at the top left corner of your job card or go to


SolarAPP+ Revisions

Submit your revision through SolarAPP+ first (

You will be provided with a revised SolarAPP+ Approval Document.

The initial processing fee charged by the SolarAPP+ website covers up to three revisions.

If the scope of the revision makes the project ineligible for use of SolarAPP+, please contact Building & Safety Division to coordinate the revision submittal process.


SolarAPP+ Tutorials and FAQs 

Details about the SolarApp+ are available in a YouTube instructional video.

What is SolarAPP+?

How do I make changes to approved SolarAPP+ plans?

How do I submit a project through SolarAPP+?

Contractors Guide: Issues & upcoming improvements

What projects qualify to be submitted in SolarAPP+?

How do I make changes to approved plans?

Contractors Guide: Release notes

What types of systems are not eligible for SolarAPP+ review?

Is there a limit on system size SolarAPP+ can review?

How do I register with SolarAPP+?