SolarAPP+ Submittal

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Contractors can submit approved SolarAPP+ projects to the Rancho Santa Margarita Permit Center.

For more information on SolarApp+, below are some helpful links:

  1. What is SolarAPP+?
  2. Who created SolarAPP+?
  3. How do I submit a project through SolarAPP+?
  4. Who is best suited to submit a SolarAPP+ application?
  5. How do I make changes to an approved SolarAPP+ plan?

Before applying for a SolarAPP+ automated solar plan review, projects must follow certain requirements outlined in the Eligibility Checklist. Only projects that conform to this list are eligible to use the automated SolarAPP+ portal for instant permitting.

Submit for review through SolarAPP+

  1. To start using SolarAPP+, register and submit through SolarAPP+.
  2. A processing fee will be charged by SolarAPP+ for plan review. A Checklist and SolarApp+ ID will be generated when approved.

Apply for a SolarAPP+ solar permit

  1. Create an account and login to the Rancho Santa Margarita Permit Center.
  2. Select “+ New Application” and begin filling out the application.
  3. Select “SolarAPP+” for the Project Type
  4. Enter the applicable Owner, Applicant and Contractor information.
  5. Enter the SolarAPP+ ID in the field provided.
  6. Upload the SolarApp+ Checklist to the documents area.
  7. Review your application.
  8. Pay the required permit fee.
  9. Digitally sign the permit when you receive an email request to do so.

Request inspections for a SolarAPP+ permit

Inspection requests for SolarAPP+ projects can be scheduled just like any other permit:

  1. Log into the Rancho Santa Margarita Permit Center.
  2. Click the “Projects” button.
  3. Click on the SolarAPP+ permit in your Projects list.
  4. Scroll down and click the blue “Request Inspection” button.
  5. Fill out the required fields and click the blue “Submit” button.
  6. Please print a copy of the approved SolarAPP+ Checklist, and any other related documents, and have on site for the inspection.
  7. To cancel an inspection, please call the Building & Safety Division at (949) 635-1800 ext. 6101.

Revisions for a SolarAPP+ permit

Any revisions to a SolarAPP+ permitted project, must first go back through the SolarAPP+ approval process on SolarAPP+ webpage.  Once a revised Checklist is obtained, along with revised SolarAPP+ ID, the Contractor can then resubmit the Checklist to the Rancho Santa Margarita Permit Center.  To submit a revision:

  1. Log into the Rancho Santa Margarita Permit Center.
  2. Click the “Projects” button.
  3. Click on the SolarAPP+ permit in your Projects list.
  4. Scroll down and click the blue “Request Plan Check” button.
  5. Upload the revised Checklist and click “Submit”.

Helpful Handouts

Below are a few SolarAPP+ tutorials for Contractors on how to submit various types of solar projects through the SolarAPP+ web site. Additionally, there is a PDF tutorial on how to submit a revised project through SolarAPP+ and the Rancho Santa Margarita Permit Center.

  1. SolarAPP+ Help 
  2. Electrical Microinverters 
  3. Electrical String with DC
  4. Electrical String without DC
  5. Input Example Relating to Current Carrying Conductors
  6. Revision Process