Sunday, August 27, 2006

Solar permit fees in Fairfax

Today's Marin Independent Journal carries a front-page article on the cost of city permits for installing a solar power system. It shows that Fairfax's fees are among the highest fees in the County for solar installations. Unfortunately, the reporter writing that article did not contact me or I would have informed them that a few months back, the Town Council directed staff to bring forth a resolution waiving all permit fees for solar installations in Fairfax. The resolution was under study by staff since our Planning and Building Department needed more time to conduct a comprehensive review of all permit fees in order to ascertain if other fees were in need of adjustment. As a result, a resolution to waive solar permit fees and recommending adjustments to other fees will be on the Town Council agenda for the regular meeting of September 6th at 7:30 p.m. Please contact me if you have any questions. If the Town Council waives all fees for solar installations, it will become the lowest ($0) solar permit fee in Marin County.