These guidelines provide information on applicable standards and how to apply for a solar permit. Definition:
Solar energy systems, a device, array of devices, or structural design feature that provides for
generation and/or storage of electricity from sunlight, are considered as an accessory use to a principally permitted use. Design:
The City of Hayden requires all utility infrastructure to comply with design standards that eliminate or reduce the visual obtrusiveness of utility structures. This may be done through camouflaging, site location, or screening techniques, as described in Titles 8-1-2
of city code. In general, the intent is to make sure the utility structures are not visible by the traveling public and would not have a visual impact on the surrounding properties. This may include, but is not limited to, color blending of the utility structures and their host structure or surroundings; locating the utility structures away from the general public view; or providing fencing or landscaping to obscure the view. In addition to obtaining a
solar building permit, solar energy systems, either roof-mounted or ground mounted, must comply with the following sections of the City Code of Hayden, Idaho: Hayden, ID Laws (amlegal.com)
, and 8-5-4
as it relates to Minor Utility Infrastructure (Grid Tied Solar)
, as it relates to Site Area & Building Setback Requirements (Ground Mounted Solar) ALL SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS INSTALLED WITHIN THE CITY OF HAYDEN SHALL INCLUDE ANTI-REFLECTIVE GLASS OR AN ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING. THIS REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN ADOPTED AS A POLICY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF HAYDEN AND THE COEUR D’ALENE AIRPORT. Structural:
For all commercial buildings, manufactured homes and traditionally framed homes or detached structures built before 1986, the City of Hayden requires that a structural evaluation by a State of Idaho licensed structural engineer be submitted with the solar building permit application. NOTE: At the time of inspection, the City inspector will verify that the engineering evaluation matches the site conditions. If it does not, revised sealed engineering would be required. Solar energy systems shall comply with the requirements of:
2018 IBC Section 3111
WIND: Section 1609
ROOF LIVE LOAD: Section 1607.13.5. Solar energy systems shall comply with the requirements of:
2018 IRC Section R324Solar energy systems shall comply with the requirements of:
2018 IFC Section 1204Snow Loads:
The design snow loads for roofs shall be determined using factors and methodology contained in the publication, “Ground and Roof Snow Loads for Idaho by the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 1986
” and shall be site specific. Prescriptive Roof Snow Load (for residential design only):
Prescriptive Ground Snow Load (for residential design only):
- South of Miles Avenue 40 lbs. per sq. ft. minimum
- North of Miles Avenue 50 lbs. per sq. ft. minimum
Manufactured Home Snow Load:
- South of Miles Avenue 60 lbs. per sq. ft.
- North of Miles Avenue – 70lbs per sq. ft.
Commercial Snow Load:
- Must withstand a minimum of 40 pounds per square foot roof load.
Designs shall be based on site specific ground snow load conditions and requirements of the 2018 IBC.
- Prescriptive Soil bearing capacity
- 1500 psf (without soils investigation)
Contact State of Idaho DBSBE ADVISED:
The limited electrical contractor shall request appropriate review of plans submitted and shall understand the required inspections of the solar energy system with the City of Hayden Building Department and the State of Idaho DBS prior to permit issuance. All electrical items must be signed off by the State of Idaho DBS prior to requesting a final inspection with the City of Hayden. NOTE:
A limited electrical contractor license covers the installation of D.C. rated solar energy systems and A.C. rated solar energy systems only. It does not cover the installations of battery storage.