NYC Installer Resources

Sustainable CUNY is working with Con Edison, NYSERDA, the NYC Department of Buildings, and the FDNY to shorten and streamline the permitting and interconnection processes for installing solar in NYC. This page details resources to help solar installers navigate the current NYC requirements. Click here for New York State Installer Resources. Sustainable CUNY convenes a NYC and NYS Installer Roundtable, a forum for exchanging information, training opportunities and industry updates. If you would like to join the NYC and/or NYS Installer Roundtable, please send a request with your solar company email to

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Solar in the City, February 2016

Solar in the City, April 2016

CUNY Resources for NYC Solar installers

NYC Solar Installer Workshop Presentations

agency resources for NYC Installers

NYC Department of Buildings

Fire Department of New York

Consolidated Edison

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Department of City Planning

Landmark Preservation Commission

CUNY Resources


NYC Pro Cert FAQ Updated 3/2016 <pdf>


NYC DOB Solar Permitting Process Updated 1/2016 <pdf>


NYC Multifamily Solar Guide Updated 12/2015 <pdf>


Standardized Checklist
of Filing Materials Updated 1/2016

Money_Icon NYC Incentives

PTAicon NYC Property Tax Abatement <pdf>



Net Metering

Residential FAQ <pdf>

Commercial FAQ <pdf>


Additional Solar Reports and Resources


NYC Solar Installer Workshop Presentations 3/2016




NYC DOB Installation Process


Con edison


NYC DOB- Storage






agency resources for NYC Installers

Sustainable CUNY's Solar Ombudsmen have compiled the following list of resource links for NYC Solar Installers. Download as a pdf. <pdf>


Department of Buildings    


Fire Department of New York    

  • FDNY has set restrictions to solar arrays in NYC limits under NYC Fire Code, Chapter 5, Section 504 & 512 .

  • Summary of Fire Code:

    • Buildings under 100 feet tall with a roof slope over 20 degrees (or 9.5 degrees for one and two-family homes) must provide a 3 foot clear path along the ridgeline of each roof (not the sides or the bottom).

    • Buildings under 100 feet tall with a roof slope 20 degrees and under (or 9.5 degrees for one and two-family homes) must provide a 6 foot wide and 9 feet tall clear path from front to back and side to side. There also must be a 6’x6’ clear path landing zone every 12 feet of frontage space (street facing side of the roof). 3’ wide access must be provided around scuttles, skylights, fire escapes, and ladders. A 6’ wide clear radius is required around roof doors. Fences in clear path are allowed but must provide a gate.

    • There are also requirements on conduit runs and labeling

    • Note : between code changes, the FDNY issues clarifications and modifications to the Fire Code in its New York City Fire Code Guide . The 9.5 degree roof slope threshold for one and two-family homes was adopted by FDNY via Question #35 on page 30 of the Guide, announced in March 2016.

  • Technology Management Bulletin #02-2011 rev. 2013 <pdf> - Explanation of code and variance request process. Note: this Technology Management Bulletin was prepared in reference to the 2008 Fire Code and as a result cannot be taken as a guide on the 2014 Fire Code, which is currently active. The FDNY is creating a revised bulletin for the 2014 code.

  • If you would like an exception to the Fire Code for your project, you may file a TM-5 application   <pdf> . It is possible to reduce the 6’ clear path requirement on ‘flat roofs’ to 3 feet in some circumstances. Exceptions to the 3’ clear path from the ridge on ‘sloped roofs’ are unlikely.

  • The New York City Fire Code Guide includes answers to common questions about the Fire Code


Consolidated Edison    




Department of City Planning    

  • The NYC DCP is responsible for zoning in NYC.

  • The Zone Green Text Amendment <pdf> adopted April 30, 2012, provided greater flexibility for solar panels installed on buildings that are already at the maximum height. Panels on sloped roofs cannot be tilted more than 18” off the roof.

  • NYC DCP’s FAQ includes answers to some questions about solar

  • The Zoning and Land Use Map (ZOLA) can be used to determine the zoning district and other site specific information.


Landmark Preservation Commission