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Solar Energy in the Town of Miami Lakes

The Town is currently working with a SolSmart Advisor to achieve the SolSmart Bronze Designation. SolSmart is a new national technical assistance and designation program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, designed to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of mature local solar markets. The SolSmart program seeks to address “solar soft costs,” or business process or administrative costs that can increase the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system.

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If you are considering a solar energy project (residential or commercial), please read more about the resources and services available below.  

 

Permitting Solar Projects

1) Permitting checklist for solar

2)Link to permit application or website to submit permit

3) Do you want to get an update on your permit?  Please click here.

4) Do you need to schedule an inspection? Click here 

Still have questions?  Call 305.364.6100.

 

Florida Solar Laws

Florida law forbids any entity- including homeowner associations- from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings. An association may require the approval of system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance or increasing the cost of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south. Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute: Title XI 163.04

 

What is Net Metering?

In Florida, net metering rules were adopted in 2008. Net metering allows utility customers who connect approved, renewable generation systems – such as solar photovoltaic systems – to the electric grid to sell electricity back to the utility company up to 2MW.

When customers generate electricity from their solar array for their home or business it may reduce the amount of energy they need to purchase from the utility and may lower their monthly electricity bills. If their system produces more energy than they need, the excess power is sold back to the grid. That amount of energy is deducted from their monthly bill or credited toward a future bill in the same calendar year.

To be eligible, a home or business owner needs to apply with the utility company and have their electric meter replaced with one that measures excess power supplied to the grid.

Title XXVII 366.91

 

Consumer Protections

Solar PV is new to many of our city’s residents. Please click the links below, which can help you make an informed solar PV purchasing decision.

https://www.seia.org/sites/default/files/2018-06/SEIA-Consumer-Guide-Solar-Power-v4-2018-June.pdf

IREC Clean Energy Bill of Rights

 

Financing Options

 

What is PACE?

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing mechanism that operates through local providers in order to enable low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation projects (and in the State of Florida, also wind hardening).  PACE financing is repaid as an assessment on the property’s regular tax bill, and is processed the same way as other local public benefit assessments (sidewalks, sewers) have been for decades. PACE can be used for commercial and residential properties.

The Town of Miami Lakes works with the following providers:

YGRENE: https://ygrene.com

Click here to get more information on PACE.

 

Incentives for Solar:

City or State Incentives for Solar

Federal Tax Incentives for Solar

 

 

What is a Neighborhood Solar Co-op?

A solar co-op is a group of homeowners that bundle their buying power to secure a volume discount on rooftop solar PV systems. They use free-market principles to solicit competitive bids from area solar installers in order to secure the best price and ensure a quality product.

Check out Neighborhood Solar Co-op Program for information on the local solar local co-op.






What is Flooding?

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the country. Floods can happen anywhere. Different parts of the same neighborhood can be prone to flooding for different reasons.

Everyone is at risk of flooding. By choosing to purchase flood insurance, you can't lose. In fact, floods are often caused by storms, hurricanes, and water backup due to inadequate or overloaded drainage systems. Most homeowners insurance doesn't cover costly flood damage.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is your primary source for flood insurance in the U.S.

Since the Town of Miami Lakes participates in the NFIP, you can purchase flood insurance from a licensed private insurance company or independent property and casualty insurance agent in the State of Florida.

Talk to your insurance agent if you have questions, would like additional information, and/or are ready to purchase a flood insurance policy. Your policy will take effect 30 days after your purchase.

For free flood assistance and inspections call: Flood Plain Management Program @ 305-827-4015

       
Download Forms Forms
Download all major Building Department forms, including the Building Permit Application.
Inspections Request an Inspection
Use our eTRAKiT online portal to schedule and request an inspection.
       
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Today's Inspections
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Access Plan Reviews

View Plan Review
Use this link to access our online eTRAKit portal and access the plan reviews.

       
Search for Permits

Search Permit
Use our eTRAKiT online portal to search for permits and determine their status.

Obtain Elevation Certificate

Elevation Certificates
Use this to obtain your elevation certificate to determine if your property is in a flood zone.

       
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The Building Department provides customer-friendly services including review, processing, issuance and inspection of building permits and assurance that construction in the Town complies with the provisions of all applicable codes. 

Located at
Town of Miami Lakes Building Department
6601 Main Street, 1st Floor
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
 
   
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday (Except Legal Holidays)
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Inspection Request Via Phone or Online
Monday - Friday (Except Legal Holidays)
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
   
Main Telephone Number
305-827-4015
Main E-mail Address
buildingdepartment@miamilakes-fl.gov

We've compiled the following links we consider helpful for you during the building process.

Florida Building Code
www.floridabuilding.org
Miami Dade County Property Search
www.miamidade.gov/pa
   
Miami Dade Building Department
www.miamidade.gov/development
Florida State Statute Search
www.flsenate.gov/Laws
   
State of Florida Contractor Search
www.myfloridalicense.com
Florida Worker’s Comp
apps8.fldfs.com/proofofcoverage
   
Miami Dade County Contractor Search
egvsys.metro-dade.com
Florida Division of Corporations
www.sunbiz.org
   
State of Florida Department of
Business and Professional Regulation
www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr
 

Town of Miami Lakes Marketplace Directory