Contractor Solar Permits

On September 16, 2022, Senate Bill (SB) 379 was approved by California Governor Gavin Newsom to establish instantaneous plan review practices and create consistent permitting processes at cities and counties for automated permitting of residential solar and energy storage systems.

The City of Ventura is proud to announce the partnership with Symbium to establish an automated permitting platform that complies with requirements of SB 379.

Symbium is currently only available to licensed contractors. Contractors seeking to pull permits under SB 379 will be able to apply for instantaneous plan review approval via this Symbium portal. You may begin your application below by first verifying the address is within our city limits.

Read Press Release October 16, 2023

Step 1: Check if your Project Qualifies

To qualify for an instant solar permit, you must meet the following criteria:  

  • Be a licensed contractor with one or more of the following licenses: A, B, C-10, C-46 
  • Your project is a residential solar energy system that is no larger than 38.4 kilowatts alternating current nameplate rating.   
  • The contractor applying for the work must have an active business license with the city of Ventura. Apply for a business license.

If you do not qualify:

If your project does not meet this criteria, you can apply for a traditional solar permit using Ventura OPS

Step 2: Register or already have a Ventura OPS Account 

Create an account on Ventura OPS, if you already have an active Ventura OPS account you can skip this step. 

Step 3: Apply for a Permit with Symbium

The use of the new platform is highly encouraged as it facilitates and expedites plan review and permit issuance. To get started, enter your project address in the search bar below. Permit applications submitted using Symbium will be issued in real time, in a matter of minutes.

Applicants seeking to apply for residential rooftop systems or energy storage systems outside of the Symbium platform, or for those that are disqualified from utilizing the system, can still submit electronically via Ventura OPS.

Step 4: Your Permit is Issued

After your application is reviewed by and paid for using Symbium, you will be provided with a permit through  Ventura OPS.  Once the permit is processed, you will be able to login to Ventura OPS to view your issued permit, print your permit, and inspection checklist needed at the inspection.

Step 5: Getting your Project Inspected

How to Make a Building Inspection Request  

Once you are ready for inspection you can scheduled your inspection two ways: 

  1. Ventura OPS
  2. Building Inspection Request phone: 805-654-7874 

Note: To ensure a guaranteed inspection, please use Ventura OPS. The building inspection request phone line does not guarantee inspections. 

Reminder: Inspections must be scheduled no later than 5:00 P.M. on the city business day before the requested inspection. 

A.M. or P.M. Requests 

While we strive to accommodate your inspection request, scheduling limitations may affect our ability to fulfill your preferred time frame. 

Cancelling a building inspection

If you need to cancel an already scheduled inspection for any reason, please call: 805-654-7869 

Inspections are performed from 8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. 

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