Town of East Hampton, NY
Suffolk County
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[Adopted 1-19-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012]
Permits for the installation of solar equipment upon commercial and residential properties shall be issued in conformance with the provisions of Article I of this chapter, except that permits for residential solar installations which meet the following criteria shall be eligible for the issuance of a building permit under this section at no cost:
A. 
Does not require Architectural Review Board approval;
B. 
On a residential structure or legal accessory structure;
C. 
Be flush mounted parallel to the roof surface and no more than six inches above the surface;
D. 
Have an eighteen-inch clearing at the roof ridge and an eighteen-inch clearing path to the ridge;
E. 
Create a gravity load of no more than five pounds per square foot for photovoltaic (PV) and six pounds per square foot for residential solar hot water (RSHW);
F. 
To be installed by a prescreened solar installer (as shown on a list maintained by LIPA);
G. 
Use PV panels that have been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory as meeting the requirements of the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Standard 1703 and inverters must be on a list of New York State Public Service omission type tested inverters which are tested by UL or other nationally recognized laboratories to conform with UL 1741;
H. 
Use RSHW equipment that has been certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation under its OG-100 Standard for solar collectors;
I. 
Use other equipment such as modules, combiner boxes and a mounting system that have been approved for public use as described in the "Solar Energy System Fast Track Permit Application Requirements Checklist";
J. 
Be in full compliance with all current National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements;
K. 
Plans or construction drawings of the solar panel installation shall show panel and equipment layout and location and shall be certified by a professional engineer or registered architect;
L. 
A professional engineer or registered architect shall certify the proposed installation for load bearing and wind sufficiency.
A. 
No survey shall be required, but if installation is proposed on an accessory structure, an existing survey demonstrating that the accessory structure is legal shall be provided.
B. 
Permits shall be issued within 14 days of a fully completed application packet.
A. 
The Town Building Department shall maintain a list by address of all solar installations which shall be shared with relevant first responder organizations.
B. 
Utility meters and any alternating-current (AC) disconnect switch shall be marked with a sign indicating that an operating solar electric co-generation system is on site.