View of solar PV panel roof

Solar photovoltaic panels

Apply for a permit for a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) panel system to collect the sun’s energy and convert it to electricity.

The most common type of residential solar system is a grid-tied system, which allows the building to use its own solar-generated electricity. When the system isn’t producing electricity at night, electricity is provided by the electrical grid.

Recent technology improvements have allowed for:

  • Easier installations
  • Lighter panels
  • More cost effective solutions

One of the benefits of a grid-tied system is that any excess electricity produced by the system can be fed back to the electrical grid through a process known as net metering.

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

 The Services Centre and Phone Centre will close for the Christmas holidays at 3pm on Monday, December 24 and will reopen at 8:30am on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.


Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

Apply for a solar PV permit

  1. Review the Administration Bulletin  (183 KB) and download our guide (128 KB).
  2. Visit the Development and Building Services Centre.
    • Staff will assess your eligibility, determine the type of permit you need, and whether or not a design review is required.
    • Review the criteria  (52 KB).
    An electrical permit is required.
  3. Gather your submission requirements as set out in our guide and submit them to the Development and Building Services Centre.
  4. Receive your permits to begin construction.