Procedure for Solar Panel Installations

The Olympia Architectural Review Committee (ARC), with approval from the Olympia Homeowners Assn. Board of Trustees, has established the following procedure for the installation of solar panels on individual homes.  Any homeowner considering the installation of solar panels, either as a supplement to or replacement of other sources of electricity or heat, must observe the following procedure.

1.     Submit an “Application for Modification to Your Home” form to the ARC.  These forms are available on the resident rack, across from the library in the clubhouse, or are available on the website:

2.     Approval (in writing, signed and dated) must be given by any neighbor directly affected by the installation of solar panels.  An example of how a neighbor may be affected could include (but is not limited to) presenting an intrusion or unsatisfactory appearance when viewed from the neighbor’s property.

3.     Additional requirements include:
a.     Solar panels and piping must be black in color.
b.     They cannot be viewed from the front of the house or from the street.

4.     After receiving approval from the ARC and the OHA Board of Trustees, the homeowner must obtain a building permit from the City of Strongsville.  Permit forms are available at the Strongsville City Service Building, located on Foltz Parkway.

5.     The City of Strongsville must approve the installation plans from the contractor.  The city will then conduct an inspection of the roof structure for bearing loads, and electrical and fire safety codes of the installation.

6.     Solar panel installation must be performed by a licensed contractor who is also registered with the City of Strongsville.

7.     After installation, a Strongsville building inspector must complete a final inspection of the installation.

-OHA revised, May 2017