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Solar Permitting

Below is helpful information for helping residents and businesses considering installing solar.

Permitting Checklist

Steps for Online Solar Permitting

All permits required for solar installations can be completed online by following these steps:

Step One: Create Account (if not already created)

    1. Go to rockfordil.gov
    2. Select the Online Bill pay at the top of the page
    3. Select Purchase Building Permits Online
    4. Register for an online account   directly under First time here?
    5. Enter your preferred user name for login purposes. Enter your e-mail address.  Enter your contact information.
    6. Select “NEXT’
    7. Double check all information is correct.
    8. Select add new contact if this is the first time.
    9. Select Submit

Step Two: Apply for Building Permit to Install Solar

    1. Log In from your Portal
    2. Select Apply for Building Permit
    3. Select Applicant Type, click Next
    4. Add contacts, as directed, next
    5. Select Permit Type, Building Permit, click next.
    6. Enter the address of the property the permit is for  (the less information the better) click search
    7. Once address appears , double click it and you will be directed to the Job Description tab.
    8. Provide description of job
    9. Add attachments if applicable, otherwise, select next.
    10. Review
    11. Confirm

Step Three: Apply of Electrical Permit to Install Solar

    1. Select Apply for Building Permit
    2. Select Applicant Type, click Next
    3. Add contacts, as directed, next
    4. Select Permit Type, Electrical Permit, click next.
    5. Enter the address of the property the permit is for (the less information the better) click search
    6. Once address appears , double click it and you will be directed to the Job Description tab.
    7. Provide description of job
    8. Add attachments if applicable, otherwise, select next.
    9. Review
    10. Confirm

Step Four: Pay for Permit to Install Solar

    • Go to your portal home
    • Pay fees
    • My Permits to be Paid
    • Select all numbers to cart .
    • Check out
    • Click Next
    • Enter Card info/Pay/Print

The City of Rockford processes all residential rooftop solar PV permits in three business days or less once all required information is submitted.

Rockford Fire Department is updated as permits are issued for solar installation so fire personnel can respond accordingly in an emergency situation.  In addition, the fire department receives an annual report of addresses that have solar installations.