Welcome to the Solar Water Heater Variance Request online application!

This online application was developed to help expedite the submittal of a request for variance (exemption) from Hawaii Revised Statutes §196-6.5, which mandates that, effective January 1, 2010, all new single-family dwellings (which includes Accessory Dwelling Units and similar single-family dwellings), built in the State of Hawaii, have a solar water heater.

Submitting a solar water heater variance request requires a $25.00 processing fee. Requests can be submitted through this online application, which requires payment of the processing fee by either a credit card or eCheck.

Submitting a solar water heater variance request without using this online application is allowed. However, the $25.00 processing fee must still be paid for each request. Please see the Hawaii State Energy Office's website for more information.

NOTE: There is no refund if a variance request is denied or cancelled. Requests can be denied because of inaccuracies, omissions, or non-payment of the fee. Also, the fee for a request that is cancelled after submission is not refunded.

Only ARCHITECTS and MECHANICAL ENGINEERS licensed to do business in the State of Hawaii can use this online application.

ARCHITECTS and MECHANICAL ENGINEERS licensed to do business in the State of Hawaii requesting variance for new, single-family dwellings (which includes Accessory Dwelling Units and similar single-family dwellings), built in the State of Hawaii, may use this service for the submittal of requests. Multi-family dwellings (duplexes, triplexes, apartment buildings, and condominiums) are not required to have solar water heaters. Therefore, multi-family dwellings do not require a solar water heater variance if a solar water heater is not to be installed.

Only ARCHITECTS and MECHANICAL ENGINEERS licensed to do business in the State of Hawaii can submit variance requests as specified in Hawaii Revised Statutes, §196-6.5. If you would like to submit a request for exemption from the Solar Water Heater requirement and are a homeowner, builder, developer, or other person assisting the homeowner with the home design and/or construction, you must request the assistance of a licensed architect or mechanical engineer to submit a solar water heater variance on this online application.

This online application is for only ARCHITECTS or MECHANICAL ENGINEERS licensed to do business in the State of Hawaii. If you are a licensed architect or mechanical engineer, you will need an eHawaii account to log in. Need an account? Create an account. After creating an account, you will need to complete your firm information and information for at least one submitter (architect or mechanical engineer). For more information on how to use this online application, please see the FAQs.

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