Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation

New single family homes in the City of Port Moody must built solar ready, which means you must follow the provincial government’s Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation. These requirements are to accommodate the installation of solar powered heating in the future.

For building permit application requirements, please note the following on the plans:

  1. A designated area of not less than 9.3 square metres (100 square feet) highlighted on the roof framing plan.
    a. this area must have southern exposure, and
    b. may not have a dimension less than 2.7 meters (8’-10”)
  2. A note from the structural engineer confirming the structure will support the additional anticipated load for the solar collectors not less than 0.24 kPa (5 sq. ft.)
  3. A note indicating at least two continuous conduits will be installed from the building’s service water heater to an accessible attic space adjacent to the designated roof area proposed

For more specific requirements, please review the Province of BC’s information on the Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation.

Some building sites within the City of Port Moody may not accommodate the requirements for the installation of solar domestic hot water heating. If this is the case for your property, please use the form below to apply for an exemption from the Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation.

Applicant Information