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Architect or structural engineers seal not required for residential Photovoltaic (PV) building plans and specs

The recent change section 9-33 in Chapter 9 of the electrical code removes the requirement for an architect or structural engineer’s seal on building plans and specs for residential Photovoltaic (PV) installations.  The change signed into law under ordinance 12-149 by Mayor Kenoi became effective November 8, 2012.

The law did not change the requirement for the architect or structural engineers seal on building plans and specs for non-residential PV installations.  Building and electrical permits for residential and non- residential are still required for PV installations, and electrical engineers stamp for electrical design drawings.

Electrical and building applications may be completed and tracked online through the Papa Aukahi web portal

Public computers within the Hilo and Kona Building Division Offices are also available to create and track online permit applications.

Front desk support for permit applications is 7:45 AM to 3:30 PM Monday – Friday, with the exception of Wednesday (Hilo) and Thursday (Kona).  Office hours are: 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM

Hilo:    7:45 AM - 3:30 PM and Wednesday 7:45 AM to noon.

Kona:  7:45 AM-3:30 PM and Thursday 7:45 AM to noon.

All other Public Works divisions remain available to 4:30 PM for code questions, consultation, and drop off and pick up for plans and permits.