[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Manorhaven 5-28-2015 by L.L. No. 5-2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Legislative intent. The Village Board of the Village of Manorhaven hereby declares its participation in the Long Island Unified Solar Permit Initiative (LIUSPI). Due to the benefits offered by renewable energy systems, including residential solar energy systems, and the associated increase in consumer demand and requests for building permits for same, the permitting process for such solar energy systems shall be standardized and streamlined as indicated herein.
Streamlined application process for residential rooftop solar energy system installations.
For applications that meet the fast-track requirements listed below, the permit application fee will be limited to $50.
The Building Department shall provide permit determinations within 14 days of submittal of a completed application.
For standard installations, applicants may utilize the solar energy system fast track permit application, available from the Building Department, as an alternative to the existing building permit forms. For the purposes of this subsection, a standard installation shall meet the criteria listed in the requirements checklist document, also available in the Building Department. Said criteria shall require that the installation must:
Not be subject to review by any architectural or historical review board or by any other applicable board or agency.
Be on a residential building or legal accessory structure.
Be on a roof with a single layer of roof covering. This requirement may be waived by the Chief Building Inspector.
Be flush-mounted parallel to the roof surface and no more than six inches above the surface.
Have an eighteen-inch clearing at the roof ridge and an eighteen-inch clearing path to the ridge.
Create a gravity roof 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).
Be installed by prescreened contractors.
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 Commission type-tested inverters which are tested by UL or other nationally recognized laboratories to conform with UL Standard 1741.
Use RSHW equipment that has been certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation under its OG-100 standard for solar collectors.
Use other equipment such as modules, combiner boxes and a mounting system that has been approved for public use as described in the solar energy system fast-track permit application requirements checklist.
Be in full compliance with all current National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements applicable in New York State.
The following shall be the requirements for application submittal:
Solar energy system fast-track permit application requirements checklist, copies of which are available from the Building Department.
Three sets of plans which include:
Cover sheet containing contact information and location of project.
Sheet index indicating sheet title and page number.
Legend for symbols, abbreviations and notations used in the drawings.
Configurations diagrams prepared by a professional engineer or registered architect which are sketched as follows:
Roof diagram depicting modules or collectors and racking configuration on designated surfaces and dimensioned. The diagram should include any eighteen-inch clearance/access required as noted in the fast-track permit requirements checklist criteria.
Equipment location diagram indicating the locations(s) of the modules or collectors, main electrical service, inverter(s), the location of all equipment disconnects on the outside of the structure, and any interior equipment locations.
One standard electrical diagram.
Property survey, only if system is proposed for an accessory structure.
Solar energy system fast-track permit application information sheet.
Assistance to first responders. The Village shall maintain a list by address of all solar energy installations that shall be shared with relevant first responder organizations.
Certification. The operation of any solar energy system shall not commence until a final certification is either issued by the Building Department or received from an approved third party inspector as defined herein.