Handouts & General Information
Permits & Requirements
All plan check submittals for major tenant improvements and residential additions over 600 square feet will require, at the time of approval, an electronic copy of the plans as a PDF document.
Download a Permit Application (PDF) to start the permit process today.
- SOLAR APP+
- Solar Permitting Tool Kit
- General Construction Handouts
- General Information Handouts
- Re-Roof Handouts
- Disabled Access Requirements
- EV CHARGING SYSTEMS
Automated Residential Solar Permitting
Before applying for an automated plan review and solar permit, projects must meet criteria. At this time, SolarAPP+ is designed to provide a code-compliance check for the majority of residential, roof-mounted, retrofit photovoltaic systems. To see which systems are eligible, please refer to the SolarAPP+ Eligibility Checklist. Only projects that conform to this list are eligible to use the automated SolarAPP+ portal for instant permitting. If your project complies with the Eligibility Checklist use the following to steps to issue the permit.
Step 1: Eligibility to Use SolarAPP+
- Rooftop systems on permitted residential structures only.
- No ballasted or ground mounted systems.
- No systems with battery backup (coming soon).
- No building-integrated photovoltaic systems (BIPV).
- Please review the SolarAPP+ Eligibility Checklist for acceptable projects.
- Licensed Contractors Only.
Step 2: Submit for Automated Review Through SolarAPP+
- Submit Solar/Photovoltaic design at solarapp.nrel.gov.
- Click Login or Register to get started.
- Have contractors license information available to complete this step.
- Pay the processing fee and permit fee through the SolarAPP+ portal.
- Download and print the permit and Inspection Checklist. These must be on the jobsite at the time of inspection.
- Allow 2 to 3 business days for processing prior to scheduling an inspection.
Step 3: Schedule Your Inspection
- City of La Habra building inspections are conducted Monday through Friday. Our office is closed every Friday.
- Call in for inspections at 562-383-4116 during our business hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- If you call after business hours, you will be directed to leave a message for your inspection. Please leave the following information:
- Jobsite Address.
- Gate Code if the property is located in a gated community.
- Type of Inspection.
- Date you are requesting the inspection to be carried out. When availability permits, inspections may be conducted on the next business day.
- You may request AM or PM.
- Name and phone number of the onsite contact.
- A smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm form is required to be completed by the property owner at time of inspection.
- Submit your revision through SolarAPP+ first (solarapp.nrel.gov).
- SolarAPP+ will run another compliance check.
- You will be provided with a revised SolarAPP+ Approval Document.
- The initial processing fee charged by the SolarAPP+ website covers up to three revisions.
SolarAPP+ Tutorials and FAQs
Details about SolarAPP+ are available in a YouTube instructional video.
Solar Energy Permits
On August 17, 2015 the City Council approved an Ordnance to add Chapter 15.69 titled Solar Energy Permits to the La Habra Municipal Code.
The "Solar Energy Permits" ordinance provides standards as accepting and approving applications electronically, directing the Chief Building Official to develop a checklist of all requirements for small rooftop solar energy systems to allow for expedited review, and authorizes the Chief Building Official to administratively approve such applications. The Ordinance implements procedures developed by the State of California task force on Solar Energy.
Currently, the Plan Check review time for small solar energy system is between 3 to 10 days. The ordinance reduces that period to 1 to 3 days by the utilization of what is known as a "Solar Permitting Tool Kit". The Tool Kit approach limits the design of the solar system to a cookbook method. Review of plans will be in accordance with the Tool Kit. The Tool Kit is located on the City's web site within the Building and Safety Division dedicated pages (see Solar Permitting Tool Kit). In addition, an optional over-the-counter plan review procedure may be utilized. For this over-the-counter procedure an appointment must be made with the City's Plan Check staff. Effective immediately, residential PV systems submittals must include a copy of the contract with the property owner.
Solar Permitting Tool Kits
Residential PV systems submittals must include a copy of the contract with the property owner
- Tool Kit Document 1 - Submittal Requirements (PDF)
- Document 1a (PDF)
- Document 1b (PDF)
- Tool Kit Document 2 - Eligibility Checklist (PDF)
- Document 2a (PDF)
- Document 2b (PDF)
- Tool Kit Document 3 - Single Inverter System (PDF)
- Document 3a (PDF)
- Document 3b (PDF)
- Tool Kit Document 4 - Microinverter System (PDF)
- Document 4 (PDF)
- Tool Kit Document 5 - Structural Criteria (PDF)
- Document 5a (PDF)
- Document 5b (PDF)
- Tool Kit Document 6 (N.A.)
- Tool Kit Document 7 - Inspection Guide (PDF)
- Address Change or Assignment Application
- Address and Phone Numbers of all Regulatory Agencies (PDF)
- ADU Ordinance Summary
- Application for Approval of Alternative to Soils Investigation (PDF)
- Requesting Power Service to Upgrade or New Service
- Residential Electrical Service Panel (PDF)
- Room Addition (PDF)
- SB 9 Summary
- Smoke Carbon Monoxide Alarms
- Swimming Pool and Spa (PDF)
- Tenant Improvements (PDF)
- Window Requirements (PDF)
Disabled Access Requirements
If you have experienced unreasonable hardship to disabled access, apply for the Unreasonable Hardship to Disabled Access Requirements (PDF) also known as Form A.
City Council approved an Ordinance to add Chapter 15.67 titled Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) to the La Habra Municipal Code. The intent of this chapter is to help streamline the electric vehicle charging station permitting process that complies with AB 1236 and AB 970, codified in Government Code Sections 65850.7 and 65850.71. In conjunction with this, the City has developed a checklist to help expedite the process.
For more information about the requirements please refer to the links below.
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Allowable Working Hours for Construction Activity
La Habra Municipal Code Section 9.32.070 limits construction noise to the following days and hours:
- 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday
- All construction activities are prohibited on Sundays and City observed federal holidays. Those holidays include New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Construction noise regulations also apply to site improvement activity, building construction, trucks, vehicles, and equipment that are making deliveries, loading or transferring materials, equipment service and maintenance of any devices or appurtenances at or adjacent to any construction project.
The City of La Habra will aggressively enforce these noise control measures. Violators may be issued citations. All persons involved with your project should be advised of these regulations.
Questions regarding construction hours should be directed to the Building and Safety Division at (562) 383-4116.