Solar Energy Systems Planning and Construction

Boulder County strongly supports the shift from fuels that generate greenhouse gases to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. On this page you’ll find resources for planning and building a solar thermal or photovoltaic system for your home in unincorporated Boulder County.

Learn more about loans and assistance with solar installations through EnergySmart, or view the Denver Regional Solar Map to get information about your site's solar photovoltaic (PV) potential and how it can benefit you.

For general information on solar and wind energy initiatives and sustainability in Boulder County, contact Sustainability Coordinator Susie Strife at or 303-441-4565.

Solar Building Permit Submittal Requirements

Please view the publications pertaining to your solar project:

Ground-mounted small solar energy systems that are accessory to a residence, such as ground-mounted photovoltaic, are eligible for the expedited Site Plan Review Waiver planning process. See the Land Use Publication Renewable Energy Systems (52 KB) for more details.

For questions on electrical or photovoltaic systems plans and designs, contact Building Inspector Brian Nye at, or 720-564-2615.

Our goal is to issue all simple solar permits in two weeks or less. Inspection requests called in prior to 3 p.m. will be inspected the following day. Call 303-441-3925 to learn your approximate place in the inspection queue.

Please contact the Building Safety and Inspection Services Team at 303-441-3926 if you have questions or need additional information.

Building Safety and Inspection Services Information

The Boulder County Land Use Building Safety and Inspection Services Team provides public information regarding the Boulder County Building Code Amendments (1.5 MB) processes and applications, and administers and enforces building codes in unincorporated Boulder County.

If you cannot find an answer to a specific question, submit your question through the Ask the Building Official webform. A Building Official will then research your question and get an answer back to you within one business day.

Municipality Solar Contacts Within Boulder County

The Boulder County Land Use Department does not have jurisdiction over any cities within Boulder County. If you have a question regarding solar within a city, please contact each city directly.

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Land Use Building Safety and Inspection Services

Email: Ask a Building Official
Main: 303-441-3926
Fax: 303-441-4856

Courthouse Annex Building

2045 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M, W, TH, F
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
Plan review services for building permits are not available on Tuesdays.
Building permits can be applied for and issued until 4 p.m.
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Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306