The SC Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) Classification for Residential Specialty Contractors has been updated to include a category for Solar Panel Installers. The South Carolina Residential Builders Commission (Commission) announced an amendment to its regulation, S.C. Reg. 106-1, effective May 25, 2018.
Under this amendment, "solar panel installers" has been added as a classification for residential specialty contractors. Please note that while a person holding a residential specialty contractor registration for "solar panel installer" is authorized to fabricate, assemble, install, and replace solar panels and related building components, the actual roof mounting of such panels may only be performed by a licensed residential builder, registered residential specialty contractor with a roofer classification, or a licensed general contractor with a general roofing or specialty roofing classification. Likewise, the wiring of the solar panels and other electrical connections must be performed by a licensed residential builder, a licensed residential electrician, or a licensed mechanical contractor with an electrical classification. Finally, if the roof requires any structural upgrades for the mounting and installation of the solar panels, the structural upgrades must be performed by a licensed residential builder, a registered residential specialty contractor with a classification in carpentry, or a licensed general contractor with building or structural framing classifications.
The Commission hopes that this regulation change clarifies any issues that building code departments may have had or are experiencing with solar panel installations, as well as assists the code officials in identifying appropriate permitting requirements for projects involving solar panels.
If you are a solar installer in South Carolina, please submit the application form to update a license or registration with LLR.
More information can be found on LLR’s website: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/ResidentialBuilders/