Local Solar Requirements

Athens-Clarke County works to facilitate the private use of solar, while respecting the community's values.

A building permit is required for all solar energy system installations. Depending on whether your project is a solar electric system, or a solar water heating system, an electrical, building or plumbing permits will also be required.

For residential properties located outside historic districts, Athens-Clarke County offers an expedited solar permitting process for small-scale systems (less than or equal to 25 kW), excluding ground-mounted systems. Our solar expedited permit process applies to residential installations under 25kW and does not require structures to undergo an engineering assessment.

Click on the Image Below to View an Interactive Flow Chart for Athens-Clarke County's Solar PermittingSolar Permit Image