Solar Panel Permits

As one of the few communities in America powered by 100% renewable energy, the City of Glenwood Springs will make every reasonable effort to accommodate solar energy harvesting on private property.

Install Solar Paneling on Your Property:
  • Fill out and submit a Building Permit Application
  • Submit the following required documents:
    • Site plan
    • Letter from a structural engineer which considers the following:
      • Weight per square foot of the solar panels and solar platform;
      • Weight bearing capacity of the roof trusses;
      • Existing roof snow load;
      • Age of the roof structure;
      • Wind rating of the solar panels and solar platform;
      • Mounting method and hardware used (attach additional sheets if necessary
  • Complete necessary inspections
    • Pre-installation inspection of bracketing
    • Final inspection


  1. We have an E-mail address for submitting Building Permit Applications, Contractor’s License Applications, Insurance Certificates, and Receipts for permits or licenses.  Please E-mail these items to
  2. When filling in your application form, please use black type or black or dark blue pen. Pencil, red and turquoise do not reproduce well.
  3. Please use the subject line of your E-mail to identify the address and the project, i.e. 1234 Main Street – Windows.
  4. If you are calling or sending an E-mail about a building permit application, please include the address in your inquiry. 
  5. If you have several documents to scan for an application, please scan the 2-page permit application form as a separate attachment.
  6. All payments due for permits and licenses can be made online.  Please make payments here by selecting Click Here to Pay a Bill via Credit/Debit Card or E-Check; then choose Contractor License or Building Permit and follow the prompts to make the payment.  Please E-mail a copy of your receipt to
  7. All building permit applications must be accompanied by a plan to maintain COVID-19 safety on the jobsite. 
  8. The Building Department is committed to processing and issuing permits within 10 days from the application day as long as ALL necessary documents are included in the application. 

​Garfield Clean Energy Resources

The City of Glenwood Springs is a member of Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative, which provides energy efficient solutions to benefit the economy of Garfield County. 
  1. Community Development

    Physical Address
    101 West 8th Street
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

    Phone: 970-384-6450
    Fax: 970-945-8582

  2. Inspection Line

    Phone: 970-384-6432

Direct E-mail to file building permit applications

Now you can E-mail building permit applications directly to the Building Department and they will not be lost in someone’s personal E-mail.

Just scan your document and its attachments and send it to:

If a plan review deposit is required, we will contact you for payment which is due before we perform the plan review. When the permit is ready for pickup, we will notify you by E-mail. You can make payment for the permit fees by check or by credit card.