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Instant Solar Permits Now Available through SolarAPP+ 

The City of Lake Forest is excited to partner with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to launch an automated, instantaneous Solar Permitting platform for contractors. SolarAPP+ (short for Solar Automated Permit Processing) is a software program designed by NREL that can be used to verify code compliance for residential photovoltaic (PV) projects. Effective September 25, 2023, all eligible PV projects may be submitted, reviewed, and approved in the SolarAPP+ program. The SolarAPP+ program is only available to appropriately-licensed contractors to obtain eligible PV building permits.

SolarAPP+ automatically performs a compliance check based on inputs supplied by the contractor to ensure the proposed system is safe and code compliant. The SolarAPP+ software will check the submitted information based on the current versions of California Electrical Code, the California Residential Code, the California Fire Code, and all local City of Lake Forest amendments.

Before applying for an automated solar plan review and solar permit, projects must follow certain requirements. At this time, SolarAPP+ is designed to provide a code-compliance check for the majority of residential, roof-mounted, retrofit photovoltaic systems. To see which systems are eligible, please refer to the Eligibility Checklist. Only projects that conform to this list are eligible to use the automated SolarAPP+ portal for instant permitting. Projects that are not eligible for SolarAPP+ must be submitted for in-house plan check by the City of Lake Forest.

For questions, please contact Building & Safety Services staff by email.

1. Eligibility to use SolarAPP+
  • Main Dwelling Rooftop, Permitted, Residential structures only.
  • No Ballasted Systems.
  • Any changes to Main Service Panel requires a separate application, permit and fees.
  • You may submit for a MPU permit in-person or email the filled-out electrical permit application along with the SCE spot sticker to the Building email.
  • Located in City of Lake Forest jurisdiction.
  • Must be an appropriately-licensed contractor that has previously registered with SolarAPP+.
  • For a full list of requirements, please click here.
2. Submit for Automated Review Through SolarAPP+
  • Register through the SolarAPP+ Registration Webpage.
  • Submit your project through SolarAPP+.
  • Pay the processing fee charged by SolarAPP+. The fee is currently set at $25.
  • Download the approval documents. You will need to upload them into the City's online permitting portal, eLakeForest, when applying for your permit.
3. Apply for SolarAPP+ Permit
  • Create an account and log in to the eLakeForest portal.
  • Click "Apply" and choose "SolarAPP+ Residential Solar Permit".
  • Add the address, first with the search option, before entering manually. 
  • Enter in the permit details (description, square feet, valuation).
  • Provide three required contacts (applicant, contractor, and property owner).
  • Provide general solar details (including required SolarAPP+ Approval Number).
  • Attach the required documents.
  • Review your information before submitting.
  • After clicking "Submit", wait for about 30 seconds as the system creates a new permit record.
  • For instant permit issuance, click "Add to Cart" and "Check Out" to pay the project invoice via MyGovPay (3.29% processing fee).
  • You will receive a confirmation email receipt along with the attached permit.
  • Schedule an inspection once the work has been completed.

* If you require a main panel upgrade to accomodate this solar installation, you will need to pull a seperate Electrical Permit with the City of Lake Forest. 

*You may submit for a MPU permit in-person or by emailing the filled-out electrical permit application with the SCE spot sticker to the Building email.

*Important note: Inaccurate or incorrect attachments will result in delays or the revocation of issued permits. No refunds will be issued for revoked permits.

4. Schedule an Inspection
  • To schedule an inspection for an active permit, please visit the eLakeForest portal or call the automated phone line at (888) 890-6298, and follow the instructions.
  • NOTE: The required inspection type for this permit is SolarAPP+ (IVR Code 188)
5. SolarAPP+ Revisions
  • Submit your revision through SolarAPP+ first (solarapp.nrel.gov).
  • You will be provided with a revised SolarAPP+ Approval Document.
  • The initial processing fee charged by the SolarAPP+ website covers up to three revisions.
  • Upload the revised SolarAPP+ "Inspection Checklist" along with the filled-out revision application to the eLakeForest portal.

 

eLakeForest Instructional Video

 

SolarApp+ Tutorials & FAQs:

Details about SolarAPP+ are available in a YouTube instructional video.

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2022 Business Survey


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2023 Community Services Commission

Notice

The City of Lake Forest is accepting applications to serve on the Community Services Commission. Applications must be submitted online using this form and must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

The Community Services Commission advises the City Council on matters pertaining to the acquisition, development, and maintenance of public parks and recreational facilities. The Commission also advises the City Council on matters relating to recreational programs and provides advice to the Community Services Department.

This Commission meets the Wednesday after the first City Council meeting of each month, at 6:30 p.m. Commission members pledge upon appointment to represent the overall public good and not that of an exclusive group or interest and will sign an Ethics Policy upon appointment to the Commission. The City assigns a staff liaison to work with the Commission and facilitate communication between the Commission and the City Council.

In addition to attending the regular monthly Commission meetings, Commissioners are expected to periodically attend and participate in City programs and activities. Commissioners receive a salary of $59 per meeting, not to exceed $118 per month.

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2023 Planning Commission Application

Notice

The City of Lake Forest is accepting applications to serve on the Planning Commission. Applications must be submitted online using this form and must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

The City's Planning Commission is a decision-making body tasked with reviewing matters related to planning and development in the City. The Planning Commission consists of five members which are appointed by the City- Council with Commissioners serving four-year terms. Typical projects reviewed by the Planning Commission include applications for new development, proposed changes in zoning or the text of the Municipal Code, as well as review proposed subdivisions of land. The Planning Commission is also responsible for making recommendations to the City Council as to whether a project or action would be consistent with the General Plan.

The Commission meets on the same week in which the City Council holds their first meeting of the month on Thursdays and meetings commence at 6:30 p.m. In addition to attending the regular monthly Commission meetings, Commissioners are expected to periodically attend and participate in City programs and activities.

Commissioners receive a salary of $118 per meeting, not to exceed $236 per month.

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2023 Traffic and Parking Commission

Notice

The City of Lake Forest is accepting applications to serve on the Traffic and Parking Commission. Applications must be submitted online using this form and must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2023. There is currently one seat available on the commission.

The Traffic and Parking Commission advises the City Council on issues relating to parking and the safe and efficient movement of traffic, including vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and other modes of transportation upon the circulation network of the City. The Commission will provide recommendations related to traffic and parking including, but not limited to traffic and parking related field studies, requests for traffic control devices, requests for permit parking and street sweeping parking restrictions, and other related matters.

This Commission meets the Monday prior to the first City Council meeting of each month, at 6:30 p.m. Commission members pledge upon appointment to represent the overall public good and not that of an exclusive group or interest and will sign an Ethics Policy upon appointment to the Commission. The City assigns a staff liaison to work with the Commission and facilitate communication between the Commission and the City Council. In addition to attending the regular monthly Commission meetings, Commissioners are expected to periodically attend and participate in City programs and activities.

Commissioners receive a salary of $118 per meeting, not to exceed $236 per month.

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Please complete the following emergency contact information if your business wishes to participate in the Orange County Sheriff's Department "Business Watch Program". You will be contacted and provided with additional information and receive a "Business Watch" decal.

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To learn more about the Lake Forest Business Watch Program, please visit the link above.

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Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce Membership

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Joining the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce offers numerous opportunities to network, gain valuable experience, expand your business, and more. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, select the link above.

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Expand the Forest

Expand the Forest Beautification Program

Public Works Department | 100 Civic Center Dr. | Lake Forest, Ca 92630 | (949) 461 - 3493


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Note: Due to the health and wellbeing of the selected trees, plantings will occur only from October 1st though December 1st and March 1st through June 1st. Staff will contact you during this time frame. Dedication plaques are not allowed. 


Location

 

Disclaimer: If a planting date cannot be arranged, the tree(s) will be planted by the end of the planting period. 

 


Type of Tree


Dedication

The City Council Certificate: The dedication and sponsor(s) information will appear on the City Council signed certificate mailed to you after the tree planting has occurred.

(Example: In loving memory of John Doe, a great friend and co-worker) 


Payment

The cost of the Expand the Forest Program is $93.00/15 gallon tree. 

If Paying by Check, Mail to:

City of Lake Forest
Expand the Forest Program
100 Civic Center Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

If Paying with Cash, Bring to:

City of Lake Forest
100 Civic Center Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

If Paying by Credit Card

Credit card payments are accepted through eLakeForest.com with a 3.29% service fee. Register for a new account through eLakeForest.com.

 

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Responsible Pet Ownership

Vet / Clinic:
20780 Lake Forest Dr., Lake Forest, CA 92630, (949) 600-8310
23162 El Toro Frontage Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630 (949) 837-5222
29040 Portola Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630 (949) 380-1255
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