Bulletin 20-03: Ground Mount Solar Photovoltaic Panel Systems is intended to provide notice to DSA staff and stakeholders that the exemption for ground mount solar panel systems in prior versions of Interpretation of Regulations (IR) IR 16-8: Solar Photovoltaic and Thermal Systems Review and Approval Requirements has been removed in the current version of the IR 16-8; and that on or after January 1, 2021, construction of ground mount photovoltaic solar systems shall not commence without approved plans by DSA. This bulletin provides further clarification to the original notification issued with the revised IR 16-8 on July 24, 2020.

Please direct any questions regarding BU 20-03 to Jim Hackett, Principal Structural Engineer, Codes and Standards Unit, at jim.hackett@dgs.ca.gov. For project specific questions, please contact the applicable regional office directly as described in the Bulletin.

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