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City/Town
Repealed
Anchorage Municipal Code Chapter 23.05, Ordinance 93
Anchorage, AK
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Anchorage Assembly adopted Ordinance 2008-93, requiring all new municipal buildings - including private construction for municipal leasing or renting - and major renovation of municipal buildings to earn LEED certification. In 2012, the code was amended to increase the minimum required certification level to LEED Silver. The ordinance also required all Anchorage public schools exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. To incentivize certification, building permitting fees for public and private projects were refunded: 10% for projects that earned LEED certification, 15% for projects that earned LEED Silver, 22.5% for projects that earned LEED Gold, and 35% for projects that earned LEED Platinum. The ordinance was repealed in 2011 by Ordinance 2011-4(S-1).
City/Town
In effect
A Resolution Supporting A Sustainable Buildings Policy For Buildings Owned And Occupied By The Borough, Resolution 07-137
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly adopted Resolution 2007-137, requiring all new construction and additions of 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification, targeting LEED Gold or Platinum as feasible. Projects of smaller size are encouraged to incorporate LEED to the greatest extent practicable, further encouraging the use of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance as a guide for sustainable operation of borough buildings.
City/Town
In effect
A Resolution Establishing an Energy Efficient Building Policy for the City of Fayetteville, Resolution 176-07
Fayetteville, AR
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Fayetteville City Council adopted Resolution 176-07, requiring that all new city-owned facilities greater than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also requires new construction exempt from the policy to submit a LEED checklist with a permit application, with an emphasis on pursuing energy and water efficiency credits.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2014-09
Flagstaff, AZ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the City of Flagstaff adopted Resolution 2014-09, requiring all City-owned new construction and major renovations, including additions over 10,000 square feet, to earn LEED Silver certification, or a city-approved alternative standard. To incentivize LEED in private construction, the city maintains a preference for third-party certified spaces when entering into building leases.
City/Town
In effect
City of Chandler Green Building Program, Resolution 4199
Chandler, AZ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Chandler City Council adopted Resolution #4199, requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also requires renovations of municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet follow LEED guidelines. Moreover, private projects that register with the intent to earn LEED Silver certification are granted expedited plan review and certification fee reimbursements. LEED and LEED Silver-certified projects are eligible for a 50% fee reimbursement, and LEED Gold and LEED Platinum-certified projects are eligible for a 100% fee reimbursement. The City notes certified projects on the Chandler Green Building Program Participant list and through signage.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 669-07
Queen Creek, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Queen Creek Town Council approved Resolution 669-07, requiring all public buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The resolution also encourages private developers to build to LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 20322
Tucson, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the City of Tucson passed Resolution 20322, requiring construction or major additions and renovations of municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The Resolution encourages projects to achieve a higher certification level when resources and conditions permit.
City/Town
In effect
City of Phoenix Building Standards
Phoenix, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, Phoenix City Council updated its Building Standards and Review Process, adding a requirement that all new municipal buildings built with 2006 bond funds earn LEED certification. In 2006, the Building Standards were revised to include additional efficiency measures, including supplemental requirements to LEED certification and requiring a LEED AP to be included on the design team.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 6644
Scottsdale, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2005, the Scottsdale City Council adopted Resolution #6644, requiring all new city buildings to achieve LEED Gold certification, and to strive for the highest level of certification whenever project resources and conditions permit. The resolution also requires renovations and non-occupied city buildings to be designed and built to include as many principles of LEED as feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Mesa Municipal Code, Title 11, Article 3, Chapter 21
Mesa, AZ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
Projects seeking a permit in Mesa's Bonus Intensity Zone (BIZ) Overlay District must comply with a combination of criteria, including by earning LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Amended
Mountain View Green Building Code, Ordinance 8.11
Mountain View, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Mountain View City Council adopted Ordinance 8.11, establishing the Mountain View Green Building Code. The code adds to the state-mandated Green Building Code (CALGreen) to include green building requirements for private projects. Design plans must meet the intent of LEED certification. New commercial buildings between 5,000-25,000 square feet must submit design plans compatible with LEED certification, and projects exceeding 25,000 square feet must meet the intent of LEED Silver certification. In 2019, the City Council amended the green building code, requiring new hotel, commercial, mixed-use, and multi-family buildings to meet the intent of LEED Gold certification.
City/Town
In effect
West Hollywood Municipal Code, Title 15, Ordinance 19-1072
West Hollywood, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2019, the City of West Hollywood passed Ordinance 19-1071, requiring new public buildings or major renovations to buildings 10,000 square feet or larger - or public building tenant improvement and major renovations 10,000 square feet or larger - to earn LEED Gold certification. The ordinance also encourages buildings receiving city funding to earn LEED Gold certification.
City/Town
In effect
Sunnyvale Green Building Program
Sunnyvale, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2019, the City of Sunnyvale revised their green building standards, requiring non-residential projects between 5,000-30,000 square feet to comply with CALGreen mandatory measures and earn LEED Gold certification. Projects can receive a 10% floor area ratio bonus if at least 75 points are achieved with Design Phase Credits and it is built to be all-electric. Projects exceeding 30,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Gold certification, and have Design Phase credits approved by a LEED AP.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 16-0032
Manhattan Beach, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2016, the City of Manhattan Beach enacted Ordinance 16-0032, establishing LEED as the city's green building standard. The Ordinance requires all applicable projects to certify to LEED Silver. Applicable city buildings must meet, at a minimum, LEED Gold.
City/Town
In effect
Milpitas Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance 65.142
Milpitas, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, City of Milpitas adopted a Green Building Ordinance, requiring new City construction or renovations in buildings exceeding 25,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires new residential construction with five or more units to earn LEED for Homes certification, and non-residential construction projects between 25,000-50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification, and non-residential construction or renovations larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. Residential and non-residential buildings are granted priority plan review to incentivize exceeding the requirements.
City/Town
Amended
Cupertino Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.58, Ordinance 12-2009
Cupertino, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Cupertino City Council adopted Ordinance 12-2099, requiring new residential projects conisting of nine homes or more, or multi-family building developments that consist of nine individual living units or more, to earn LEED Silver certification or a city-approved alternative standard. Non-residential developments exceeding 25,000 square feet must earn LEED certification, and developments exceeding 50,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification. Multi-family or commercial renovations and/or additions with a Floor Area Ratio increase of 50% and at least 35,000 square feet must earn LEED for Existing Buildings or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
Amended
Ordinance 7229-N.S.
Berkeley, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2003, the Berkeley City Council adopted Resolution 62, 284-NS, requiring municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet and costing more than $200,000 follow guidelines for LEED certification. The Resolution increased this requirement to a minimum of LEED Silver guidelines beginning on January 1, 2006. After the adoption of the mandatory California State Green Building Code (CALGreen) in 2012, the Berkeley City Council adopted Ordinance #7229, requiring new construction and renovations in the downtown area to earn LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved equivalent certification.
City/Town
Replaced
Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance
San Francisco, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, San Francisco added energy efficiency requirements for existing commercial buildings. The policy required non-residential buildings 10,000 square feet or larger to conduct energy efficiency audits that meet or exceed ASHRAE standards, and to benchmark energy use using EnergySTAR Portfolio Manager. Buildings certified to LEED for Existing Building were exempt from the energy audit requirement. This requirement was replaced when the California Green Energy Code (CALGreen) went into effect in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Fremont Sustainable Building and Landscaping Policy
Fremont, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Fremont adopted the Sustainable Building and Landscaping Policy, requiring all new City buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2136
Manhattan Beach, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Manhattan Beach enacted Ordinance 2136, designating LEED as the standard against which a project is measured as a green building. Applicable projects are required to submit a LEED checklist and supporting documentation indicating points meeting a minimum LEED Silver level incorporated into documentation for a building permit. Projects 10,000 square feet or larger of new gross square footage or more than 50% renovation are required to earn LEED Silver certification. This ordinance was repealed by Ordinance 3-0027 in 2013.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 1076
San Enselmo, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the San Anselmo Town Council adopted Ordinance 1076, establishing green building standards for new construction or major renovations of residential and commercial buildings. New commercial construction between 2,000-4,999 square feet are required to submit a LEED checklist and comply with the prerequisites for LEED or LEED for Core & Shell. Commercial projects between 5,000-49,999 square feet are required to earn the equivalent of LEED Silver certification. Projects larger than 50,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Gold certification. Renovations valued at greater than $5 million (or greater than 25,000 square feet) are required to earn LEED Silver certification. Projects valued between $250,000-$5 million (or 5,000-24,999 square feet) are required to comply with the minimum LEED prerequisites for the appropriate rating system. The requirements in this ordinance were replaced by the CALGreen mandatory building code.
City/Town
In effect
Simi Valley Municipal Code Chapter 9-31, Ordinance 1157
Simi Valley, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Simi Valley City Council adopted Ordinance 1157, reenacting Municipal Code Chapter 9-31, which provides a density bonus for affordable housing developments that exhibit public benefit - including achieving LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 2490-2010
Portola Valley, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Town of Portola Valley enacted a Green Building Ordinance, establishing minimum green building thresholds for new construction and renovations of residential and commercial developments. The policy requires residential projects to ear GreenPoint certification, but stipulates that projects may earn LEED for Homes Silver certification instead. Institutional and non-residential projects less than 2,000 square feet must adhere to a LEED or Build It Green checklist with self-verification. New commercial construction between 2,000-3,000 square feet must earn LEED certification. Projects between 3,000-5,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification, and new construction exceeding 5,000 square feet must earn LEED Gold certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 1048
Belmont, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Belmont adopted Resolution 1048, requiring commercial projects larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Amended
Piedmont Municipal Code, Chapter 5, Ordinance 488
Piedmont, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Piedmont City Council adopted Ordinance 488 N.S. 10/87, requiring new construction and renovations of city-owned and -operated buildings over $3 million to earn LEED certification or 50 points under the Build It Green GreenPoint rating system. The policy was amended in 2019, requiring municipal projects valued at $4 million to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Morgan Hill Municipal Code, Chapter 15.65, Ordinance 1966
Morgan Hill, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Morgan Hill adopted Ordinance 1966, requiring new single family or multi-family developments less than 2,000 square feet per unit must at minimum achieve 70 Build It Green (BIG) points or earn LEED certification. Projects exceeding 2,000 square feet per unit must earn LEED Silver certification or 70 BIG points. Commercial construction and renovations greater than 1,000 square feet must achieve 16 LEED points. Projects over 5,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification. Commercial renovations and tenant improvements valued at $350,000 or greater must achieve 10 LEED points. Projects greater than or equal to $500,000 permit valuation must earn LEED certification. Commercial projects valued greater than $1,500,000 must earn LEED Silver certification. For mixed use developments, the residential potion of the building must comply with minimum residential standards; whereas the commercial portion must satisfy certain LEED requirements, including recycling programs, low VOC and recycled materials, bicycle storage, and changing rooms with shower facilities.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 2348
Redwood City, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Redwood City Council adopted Ordinance 2348, requiring all residential and commercial new construction or renovations larger than 1,000 square feet to submit a green building checklist - including LEED - to qualify for a permit. Self-verification is allowed for projects less than 10,000 square feet. This ordinance was adopted in conjunction with Redwood City Resolution #14979, which endorses the adoption of a green building code. The ordinance was replaced by the California Green Energy Code (CALGreen).
City/Town
Replaced
Saratoga Municipal Code, Article 16-47, Ordinance 272
Saratoga, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Saratoga City Council adopted Ordinance 272, requiring public buildings 5,000 square feet and larger to achieve LEED Silver certification. This ordinance was replaced in 2012.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2009-05
Danville, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Danville adopted Ordinance 2009-05, requiring all new developments and renovation projects larger than 1,000 square feet or totaling more than $50,000 to recycle at least 50% of their construction and demolition debris. Covered projects must submit a Waste Management Plan (WMP) as part of the permit application. Projects pursuing LEED certification may be exempt from submitting a WMP, provided that the waste management requirements for certification satisfy the City's requirement.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2009-394
Big Bear Lake, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Big Bear Lake City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-394, establishing a green building program for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. The policy requires all new commercial and industrial buildings to complete a LEED checklist. To qualify for incentives, a project must demonstrate that it could achieve LEED certification. Incentives include expedited plan review; priority building inspection; development impact fees will be automatically deferred to final building inspection; and recognition by the City Council. Green buildings also receive a plaque fom the City, and are recognized on the City website and in other promotional materials.
City/Town
Repealed
Carmel by the Sea Municipal Code, Chapter 15.54, Ordinance 2009-08
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Carmel-by-the-Sea City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-03, requiring that a project garner a specified amount of minimum points according to a green building checklist in order to receive a building permit, with LEED as a reference point for the non-residential checklist. The point requirements differ depending on whether the development is residential or commercial, a renovation or new construction, and the square footage of the project. To demonstrate a leadership position, all City building projects larger than 1,000 square feet shall exceed the standard point requirements by 15 percent. The ordinance was repealed by Ordinance 2018-03.
City/Town
In effect
Green Building Regulations for Private Development, San Jose Municipal Code, Title 17, Chapter 17.84
San Jose, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the San Jose City Council adopted an ordinance establishing green building regulations for private development, including requirements for new commercial and residential projects. The policy requires new commercial or industrial buildings 25,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. New commercial and industrial buildings under 25,000 square feet and new residential buildings with fewer than 10 units are required to complete and submit a LEED checklist. New residential construction of 10 or more units must be LEED Certified or GreenPoint Rated. New residential construction over 75 feet must earn LEED certification. Moreover, covered projects must pay a Green Building Refundable Deposit prior to being issued a building permit to ensure that green building requirements are honored.
City/Town
Repealed
Manhattan Beach Sustainable Building Program, Ordinance 2124
Manhattan Beach, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Manhattan Beach City Council adopted Ordinance 2124, establishing a Sustainable Building Program and Energy Efficiency Standard, which required new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification. Non-residential commercial construction and major renovations exceeding 10,000 square feet were also required to meet LEED Silver standards. The policy was repealed by Ordinance 13-0027 on in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Chino Hills Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.09, Ordinance 226
Chino Hills, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Council of Chino Hills adopted Ordinance 226, which encourages LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
Milpitas Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance 65.138
Milpitas, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Milpitas adopted Ordinance 65.138 establishing green building requirements for residential, commercial, and public buildings. All residential new construction projects greater than five units and all commercial construction or renovations over 500 square feet are required to submit a LEED or Build It Green checklist. New commercial construction and renovation projects between 25,000 and 49,999 square feet must be LEED certifiable and verified by a City Compliance Official. Commercial new construction or renovations greater than 50,000 square feet are required to achieve LEED Silver certification. New construction and renovations of municipal buildings over 25,000 square feet are also required to obtain LEED Silver certification. Building projects exceeding these minimum thresholds are eligible for priority plan review, including residential projects earning 75 Green Points or equivalent in LEED or commercial developments achieving LEED Gold certification or above.
City/Town
In effect
Morro Bay Green Building Incentive Program, Resolution 24-09
Morro Bay, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Morro Bay City Council approved Resolution 24-09, establishing a Green Building Incentive Program for residential and commercial new construction projects and major renovations. Single-family dwellings and multi-family dwellings under three stories are eligible for building and plan check fee rebates if they earn LEED for Homes certification. Multi-family dwellings four stories or greater and all new commercial construction projects must earn LEED certification to receive fee rebates. New construction of commercial interiors and tenant improvement projects must attain certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system in order to receive fee rebates. Commercial new construction and commercial interiors projects receive a greater fee rebate for each level of LEED certification attained. The program also includes incentives for greywater, renewable energy, and green roof systems.
City/Town
Amended
Long Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 21.25, Ordinance 09-0013
Long Beach, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the City of Long Beach created a Municipal Green Building Policy, which required new City buildings over 7,500 square feet to earn LEED certification. In 2009, the City of Long Beach adopted Ordinance 09-0013, requiring that all new construction or renovations to residential or mixed-use buildings of 50 dwelling units and 50,000 square feet, non-residential buildings of 50,000 square feet or more, and projects for which the City provides any portion of the funding, earn LEED certification. The updated policy also requires new buildings on City land exceeding 7,500 square feet are also required to earn LEED Silver certification. A project that earns LEED Gold or Platinum certification may be eligible for flexibility in regard to certain development standards including usable open space and off-street parking requirements. The policy does not require projects to certify with USGBC.
City/Town
Elapsed
Lodi Municipal Code, Chapter 13.20, Ordinance 1820
Lodi, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Lodi City Council adopted Ordinance 1820, establishing an economic development rate for electrical services whereby industrial businesses that qualified for an economic development rate may receive up to a 5% discount off of the electrical bill for the new or expanded load if the new facilitates are LEED Silver-certified. This policy elapsed in 2011.
City/Town
Amended
Los Angeles Green Retrofit and Workforce Program, Ordinance 180636
Los Angeles, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
On April 8, 2009, the Los Angeles City Council adopted Ordinance 180636, creating the Green Retrofit and Workforce Program to support the retrofitting of all public buildings larger than 7,500 square feet or constructed prior to 1978, with the goal of meeting LEED Silver for Existing Buildings standards. The program prioritizes facilities posing substantial health and safety risks or located in areas of significant poverty and unemployment. This policy was amended on September 18, 2012.
City/Town
In effect
Sunnyvale Municipal Code, Title 39, Chapter 19.39, Ordinance 2894-09
Sunnyvale, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level:
In 2009, the Sunnyvale City Council adopted Ordinance 2894-09, requiring new residential and non-residential public or private buildings, as well as major renovations, to comply with green building standards. LEED may be used as an alternative compliance path provided that energy or other performance requirements are achieved. The ordinance also provides a floor area ratio bonus and a plaque for projects that comply.
City/Town
Repealed
Healdsburg Green Building Program
Healdsburg, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Healdsburg created the Healdsburg Green Building Program, which required commercial and industrial buildings 5,000 square feet and larger to follow LEED guidelines. The program has since been repealed.
City/Town
Repealed
Sonoma Municipal Code, Chapter 14.2, Green Building, Ordinance 03-2009
Sonoma, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Sonoma City Council adopted Ordinance 03-2009, which required all new commercial and industrial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet and all new residential buildings to adhere to a green building rating system, including LEED. The policy was repealed in 2011 by Ordinance 09-2010.
City/Town
Replaced
Napa Municipal Code, Chapters 15.30 and 1.62.030, Ordinance 2008
Napa, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Napa City Council approved Ordinance O2008, which required all new, non-residential buildings or additions exceeding 30,000 square feet (including public projects), to follow the LEED for New Construction or LEED for Core and Shell checklists and meet certification criteria. The Ordinance was replaced by CALGreen.
City/Town
In effect
Redding Municipal Code, Section 18.31.040; Ordinance 2428
Redding, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Redding City Council adopted Ordinance 2428, which provides single-family developments eligibility for density increases if they incorporate two or more specified site design components and at least one building design component into the project. LEED, or equivalent standards, may serve as the building design component for a development seeking a density increase.
City/Town
In effect
Culver City Municipal Code, Title 15, Ordinance 15.02.1100
Culver City, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Culver City adopted Ordinance 15.02.1100, requiring all new construction and major renovations projects 50,000 square feet or larger to submit a LEED checklist, including intended points allocated toward "Innovation and Design" credits, demonstrating that the project meets LEED certification standards or higher. A LEED AP is also required on the design and construction team. Projects under 50,000 square feet must comply with 80% of the listed green building requirements including 25 sustainability goals and practices. One- or two-family residences are exempt from the requirements.
City/Town
Replaced
Mill Valley Municipal Code, Chapter 20.95, Ordinance 1236
Mill Valley, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mill Valley City Council adopted Ordinance 1236, establishing green building requirements for residential, public, commercial, and mixed-use buildings. The ordinance stipulates that new non-residential projects larger than 2,500 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification. Smaller projects are encouraged to earn as many points as possible and submit a LEED checklist. The ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Rancho Palos Verdes Voluntary Green Building Program, Ordinance 481
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council adopted Ordinance 481, amending Rancho Palos Verdes' Voluntary Green Building Program. The Ordinance stipulates that commercial, institutional, and mixed-use projects participating in the program must earn LEED certification. Projects will receive expedited application review, expedited building and safety plan check, and a 50% rebate on all plan permit, plan check and building permit application fees.
City/Town
Amended
Ordinance 9-6.407
Emeryville, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008 the Emeryville City Council adopted Ordinance 9-6.407, requiring new city facilities to earn LEED Silver certification. Private developments that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications are eligible for residential density, floor area ratio, and/or height bonuses.
City/Town
In effect
Los Altos Hills Municipal Code, Title 8, Chapter 4, Section 8-4.05
Los Altos Hills, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Los Altos Hill Town Council adopted a policy requiring all new municipal building exceeding 1,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The policy also requires new residential projects and major additions to earn LEED for Homes certification, or a town-approved alternative certification. Residential projects that earn LEED Silver certification may qualify for expedited building plan review. Residential projects that earn LEED Gold certification qualify for guaranteed building inspections within two working days of a request for inspection. Residential projects that earn LEED Platinum shall receive a customized plaque recognizing the achievement.
City/Town
In effect
Rolling Hills Estates Municipal Code, Chapter 17.37.020, Ordinance 646
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Rolling Hills Estates adopted Ordinance 646, requiring mixed-use development applicants located in certain commercial zones to demonstrate commitment to sustainability by submitting written intent to earn LEED certification. Applicants are also required to assist the city in meeting requirements of its regional housing needs assessment, especially with regard to affordable housing.
City/Town
Amended
San Francisco Green Building Ordinance
San Francisco, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2008, the Mayor of San Francisco enacted the San Francisco Green Building Ordinance, requiring proof of green building practices and LEED certification for all new residential and commercial construction. In 2011, the ordinance was updated by Administrative Bulletin 93 (updated again in 2012 and in 2020), requiring that projects meet the commercial and residential green building requirements of the California Green Building Standards Code (Title 24, Part 11). Smaller projects were originally only required to complete a green building checklist. Residential projects taller than 75 feet were originally required to earn LEED certification. In 2010, the requirement was amended to LEED Silver certification. Commercial projects larger than 25,000 square feet were originally required to earn LEED certification; in 2009, LEED Silver and in 2012, LEED Gold. In 2016, the Board of Supervisors of the City and the County of San Francisco adopted amendments to the city's Green Building Code. The updated code requires commercial buildings exceeding 25,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification and new residential projects to earn LEED Silver.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 3414
Monterey, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Monterey City Council adopted Ordinance 3414, requiring all new municipal buildings earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires all new private commercial buildings to follow the LEED for New Construction guidelines and all new private residential buildings to follow the Build It Green's New Construction Green Building Guidelines. The ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
San Leandro Municipal Code, Title 3, Chapter 3-19, Ordinance 2008-007
San Leandro, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of San Leandro adopted Ordinance 2008-007, requiring that all new city-owned or -occupied construction or renovations over $3 million earn LEED Silver certification. All other City facilities projects valued at less than $3 million are required to implement as many LEED credits as practicable. Private developers are required to complete and submit a Green Building Checklist as part of a project's permit application for any new construction, residential additions over 500 square feet, or commercial or industrial projects valued at over $100,000.
City/Town
In effect
Los Angeles Private Sector Green Building Plan, Ordinance 179820
Los Angeles, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City Council of Los Angeles adopted the Private Sector Green Building Plan, requiring all private projects 50,000 square feet or larger to earn LEED certification. The policy offers expedited plan review and permitting for all projects seeking LEED Silver certification, as verified by LEED AP city officials. The legislation further commits City resources to reviewing and improving City codes and removing obstacles to green building. The ordinance also directed the City to continue to work with the Department of Water & Power to offer financial incentives for green building, encouraged certain city staff be trained as LEED APs, and established the Mayor's Annual Award of Excellence in Sustainable Design & Construction.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 7137
Pasadena, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Pasadena City Council adopted Ordinance 7137, requiring all new public buildings and renovations over 15,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires new commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. Additionally, all projects covered by the ordinance must achieve earn LEED credit WEc3.1, Water Efficiency. The ordinance was replaced by CALGreen.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 3326
Monte Sereno, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Monte Sereno City Council adopted Resolution 3326, requiring all new or renovated public buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification and to complete a green checklist for all new commercial and residential development applications. The resolution also established LEED and Green Point as the city's standards for green building practices. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen.
City/Town
In effect
San Juan Capistrano Green Building Program
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the San Juan Capistrano City Council created a voluntary green building program encouraging sustainable design and construction practices through a points-based, checklist system for commercial and residential buildings. To be designated as a green building, a project must achieve at least 50 points. LEED certification is an acceptable form of compliance.
City/Town
In effect
Brisbane Municipal Code, Chapter 15.80, Ordinance 524-2007
Brisbane, CA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Brisbane City Council adopted Ordinance 524, requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. All new commercial construction and renovations larger than 10,000 square feet must meet LEED Silver standards on a Green Building Project Checklist. Though applicants are encouraged to register their projects with GBCI, certification is not required. Commercial projects smaller than 10,000 square feet are encouraged to follow LEED guidelines.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 10850
Campbell, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Campbell City Council adopted Resolution 10850, requiring all new and renovated municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The City also requires all residential and commercial development applications for projects larger than 500 square feet to complete a green checklist.
City/Town
In effect
Cupertino Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance CP2007-01
Cupertino, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Cupertino City Council adopted a policy requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. Homeowners may also receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for having a LEED AP certify their home. In 2013, the City of Cupertino Green Building Ordinance took effect, requiring small residential and commercial projects to comply with the California Green Building Code (CALGreen). The policy also requires residential projects greater than 9 units and commercial projects larger than 25,000 square feet to earn LEED certification or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
Elapsed
Resolution 6662
Redlands, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Redlands City Council adopted Resolution 6662, authorizing the establishment of expedited permit processing incentives for LEED-certified buildings. The incentive has elapsed.
City/Town
Replaced
Los Altos Municipal Code, Chapter 12.66
Los Altos, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Los Altos City Council adopted a policy requiring all public buildings 7,500 square feet or larger to be designed to perform at least 15% more efficiently than Title 24 of California Code of Regulations. The ordinance also requires that all public and commercial buildings are designed to perform 15% better than Title 24. Public buildings larger than 7,500 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification to receive a building permit. The ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Richmond Municipal Code, Article VI, Chapter 6.45, Ordinance 34-07
Richmond, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Richmond City Council adopted Ordinance 34-07, requiring all municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet and buildings funded with a least $300,000 in municipal funds to pursue green building practices. Projects in excess of $3 million are required to earn certification. All covered commercial projects are required to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also commits the city to promoting the adoption of green building practices to private developers through resources and incentives.
City/Town
In effect
San Luis Obispo Municipal Code, Section 17.32, Ordinance 1509
San Luis Obispo, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the San Luis Obispo City Council adopted Ordinance 1509, to increase building height and intensity limits in the downtown - commercial zone for green building projects. The maximum height of 50 feet for construction within a downtown commercial zone may be increased to 75 feet if the development satisfies multiple performance standards, including by earning LEED Silver for New Construction or for Core & Shell.
City/Town
Elapsed
Costa Mesa Green Building Program
Costa Mesa, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Costa Mesa City Council approved a resolution that established a green building incentive program for private development. The program encourages green building practices through various incentives, including priority permitting and fee waivers for all green installations and fee reductions to cover the cost of LEED certification. The program was renewed in 2008, but elapsed in 2009.
City/Town
In effect
Redlands Municipal Code, Title 19, Chapter 19.12, Ordinance 2672
Redlands, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Redlands City Council adopted Ordinance 2672, providing development allocation points for major residential projects that achieve green standards. Projects may earn 2 points for achieving LEED, 3 points for LEED Silver certification, 5 points for LEED Gold certification and 6 points for LEED Platinum certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 956
Larkspur, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Larkspur City Council adopted Ordinance 956, requiring LEED or Build It Green certification for the construction and renovation of residential, commercial and public buildings. The policy required construction or major renovations of single-family and multi-family residences over 500 square feet to earn LEED for Homes or Build It Green certification, new commercial developments less than 5,000 square feet to meet LEED certification standards, new construction projects greater than 5,000 square feet to achieve LEED Silver certification, and commercial renovations to earn at least 25% of the total LEED points available or the equivalent of LEED certification. All city-sponsored public facilities were required to achieve LEED Silver certification. The ordinance was repealed in 2011.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 07-762
West Hollywood, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City Council of West Hollywood enacted Ordinance 07-762, requiring residential and commercial projects to meet minimum energy conservation and renewable energy requirements. Applicable projects must earn a minimum number of points from the locally-developed West Hollywood Green Points program. Projects that earn LEED certification are exempt from the program's requirements.
City/Town
Repealed
San Rafael Municipal Code, Chapter 14.16.365, Ordinance 1853
San Rafael, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the San Rafael City Council adopted Ordinance 1853, requiring new or renovated public and commercial construction exceeding 5,000 square feet to meet the equivalent of LEED certification, as verified by a LEED AP. New or renovated commercial construction exceeding 30,000 square feet are also required to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2010, the policy was repealed by Ordinance 1879.
City/Town
In effect
City of Albany Green Building Standards of Compliance & Checklists
Albany, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2007, the City of Albany adopted the Green Building Standards of Compliance & Checklists, requiring the construction and major renovations of city-sponsored projects and commercial projects over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification. Buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet are required to achieve maximum points practicable and submit a checklist.
City/Town
In effect
Green Building and Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance, Chapter 15.44
Newark, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Newark City Council adopted the Green Building and Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance, requiring all public building projects larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, or a city-approved equivalent.
City/Town
Repealed
Livermore Municipal Code, Chapter 15.76
Livermore, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Livermore City Council adopted a policy requiring all commercial and residential projects to submit a LEED or GreenPoint checklist. The ordinance requires commercial developments to achieve at least 20 LEED points. Projects that register intent to achieve LEED certification may receive expedited review and reduced permit fees. In 2013, the Ordinance was replaced by California Title 24, with LEED designated as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
Elapsed
San Francisco Planning Director's Bulletin 2006-02
San Francisco, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2006, the Director of the San Francisco Planning Department issued Director's Bulletin 2006-02, granting priority permit review to all new and renovated buildings that earn LEED Gold certification. The policy was updated in 2014 to reward a priority permit to projects that earn LEED Platinum certification, thereby exceeding the San Francisco Green Building Code requirements. In 2017, the priority processing incentive elapsed due to program capacity.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 2006-187
Anaheim, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Anaheim City Council adopted Resolution 2006-187, requiring all new municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet to achieve LEED certification. The Resolution also encourages private developers and builders to earn LEED certification. The requirements in the resolution were replaced by the CALGreen mandatory building code.
City/Town
Repealed
Resolution 3136-06
Union City, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Union City Council adopted Resolution 3136-06, encouraging all commercial and institutional projects to follow a LEED checklist and to seek LEED certification. Projects are also encouraged to have a LEED AP as a principal member of the design team. This resolution was repealed in 2009 by Resolution 3857-09.
City/Town
In effect
La Mesa Sustainable Building Policy
La Mesa, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the La Mesa City Council passed the Sustainable Building Policy, encouraging all new public construction and major renovation projects to meet a minimum of LEED Silver certification and exceed current State of California Title 24 Energy Code requirements. Design and project management teams are encouraged to meet higher LEED rating levels. The City also provides education on green building practices to private developers and officially recognizes projects that incorporate the goals of LEED.
City/Town
Replaced
Pasadena Municipal Code, Title 14, Ordinance 7031
Pasadena, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Pasadena City Council enacted Ordinance 7031, requiring all new commercial and residential construction to earn LEED certification. This includes commercial construction larger than 25,000 square feet, residential buildings at least four stories high, and public buildings larger than 5,000 square feet. Developers who exceeded the minimum certification qualified for a rebate from Pasadena Water and Power. Additionally, developers who include affordable housing will earn a construction tax rebate of $1000 per unit. Pasadena Water and Power's Pasadena LEED Certification Program offers $15,000 grants for applicants who achieve LEED certification; $20,000 for LEED Silver; $25,000 for EED Gold; and $30,000 for LEED Platinum. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
Replaced
Irvine Municipal Facilities Green Building Program, Resolution 05-153
Irvine, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Irvine City Council adopted Resolution 05-153, requiring all new municipal buildings and major renovations 5,000 square feet or larger to earn LEED certification. This requirements of this resolution were replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 05-103
Santa Clarita, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Santa Clarita City Council adopted Resolution 05-103, requiring new City-sponsored construction to earn LEED Silver certification and all municipal building renovations to follow LEED guidelines. The Resolution also encourages private developers to follow LEED guidelines. This requirement in this resolution was replaced by the CALGreen mandatory building code in 2013.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 2005-050
Ventura, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
in 2005, the City of Ventura adopted Resolution 2005-050, establishing an expedited permitting program for private green building projects. To qualify, commercial and industrial buildings must comply with LEED certification standards. This resolution was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
Replaced
Oakland Municipal Code, Chapter 15.35, Ordinance 12658
Oakland, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Oakland City Council adopted a policy requiring public building projects to achieve LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also promotes the use of green building strategies in private sector development by offering free technical assistance, green building guidelines and public promotion for qualified projects. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
Amended
Resolution 2004-751
Sacramento, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the Mayor of Sacramento enacted Resolution 2004-751, establishing LEED certification as a priority for all city projects. For projects over 5,000 square feet, the city has a goal of achieving LEED Silver certification. The policy was amended in 2005, increasing the sustainability targets to encourage city facilities to be designed and operated to achieve the highest LEED rating and energy efficiency possible.
City/Town
Replaced
Livermore Municipal Code, Chapter 15.32, Civic Green Buildings, Ordinance 1727
Livermore, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the City Council of Livermore adopted Ordinance 1727, requiring all public buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
San Francisco Municipal Code, Chapter 7, Section 705, Ordinance 88-04
San Francisco, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2004, the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco adopted Ordinance 88-04, requiring all municipal new construction and major renovation projects exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance was amended in 2011 to require public buildings to earn LEED Gold certification, prioritizing credits in stormwater management, indoor water use reduction, energy performance, renewable energy, commissioning, enhanced refrigerant management, construction debris management, IAQ management, low-emitting materials and indoor chemical, and pollutant source control. The policy also requires that a LEED AP be included on each design team.
City/Town
In effect
Dublin Municipal Code, Chapter 5.61, Ordinance 9-04
Dublin, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the Dublin City Council approved Ordinance 9-04, requiring all municipal projects with an estimated construction cost of $3 million or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. Smaller projects are required to incorporate as many green building principles as deemed possible by the Green Building Compliance Official.
City/Town
Replaced
Calabasas Green Ordinance, Ordinance 2003-185
Calabasas, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Calabasas City Council adopted Ordinance 2003-185, requiring all non-residential city and privately-owned buildings between 500-5,000 square feet to meet the equivalent of LEED certification. Buildings over 5,000 square feet must meet the equivalent of LEED Silver certification. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
Replaced
San Diego Affordable/In-Fall & Sustainable Development Program
San Diego, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the San Diego City Council updated its affordable/infill housing program (originally adopted in March of 1980) to include expediting permits for private sector green building projects that adhere to standards referenced in the city's Sustainable Building Policy, Council Policy 900-14 (i.e. LEED). In addition, private sector buildings registering for LEED certification may be eligible to receive technical green building training, support, and education. In 2017, the program was amended by Ordinance O-20856, changing the scope of applicable green buildings from the Council Policy 900-14 definition (i.e. LEED) to projects that incorporate Voluntary Tier 2 Measures of the California Green Standards Code.
City/Town
Amended
San Diego Sustainable Building Policy
San Diego, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the San Diego City Council updated Council Policy 900-14 (originally passed in November of 1997 and updated in June of 2001), adding a requirement that all new municipal construction larger than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Pleasanton Municipal Code, Chapter 17.50, Ordinance 1873
Pleasanton, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Pleasanton City Council adopted Ordinance 1873, encouraging all public and commercial construction projects larger than 20,000 square feet to follow LEED standards. Certification is not required.
City/Town
Replaced
Los Angeles Sustainable Building Initiative
Los Angeles, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the City of Los Angeles Sustainable Building Initiative, requiring all city-owned and city-funded construction projects 7,500 square feet or larger to earn LEED certification. The policy also requires that "high-profile projects with citywide importance" strive to surpass LEED certification. and to develop incentives for private projects to incorporate sustainable design practices. This requirement was replaced by the mandatory CALGreen code.
City/Town
Amended
Morgan Hill City Policy 02-01
Morgan Hill, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
The Morgan Hill City Council requires all new public facilities and facilities undergoing significant renovations to earn LEED Gold certification.
City/Town
Amended
San Jose Green Building Policy
San Jose, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2001, the San Jose City Council adopted Policy 8-13, creating green building targets for all new municipal buildings or Redevelopment Agency projects larger than 10,000 square feet. The policy was amended in 2007 to set a new target of earning LEED Silver certification, with a goal of reaching LEED Gold or Platinum. The policy also directs City staff to seek opportunities for existing municipal buildings to earn LEED for Existing Buildings.
City/Town
Elapsed
Beverly Hills Municipal Code, Title 10, Chapter 3, Article 46, Ordinance 08-O-2555
Beverly Hills, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Beverly Hills adopted Ordinance 08-O-2555, establishing green building standards for the new construction or renovations of multi-family residential, commercial and mixed-use buildings. All covered projects must submit a green building checklist as part of the building permit application and employ a LEED AP on the project. LEED certification is encouraged, but not required. Projects registered with USGBC with the intent to achieve LEED certification may be granted a reduced scope of the city's compliance review by the green building compliance official. The ordinance elapsed in 2011.
City/Town
In effect
El Monte Municipal Code, Title 8, Chapter 8.20.261, Ordinance 2701
El Monte, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of El Monte adopted Ordinance 2701, establishing a requirement for construction and demolition (C&D) waste collection, removal, disposal and diversion. All projects requiring a demolition permit, building permit, encroachment permit and/or grading permit must divert 50% of the weight of its C&D materials from entering a landfill. Projects failing to comply with the requirement will have their performance security withheld proportionate to the shortcoming of the diversion requirement. The partial performance security refund to non-compliant projects may be increased if the project achieves LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
El Cerrito Municipal Code, Chapter 19.23
El Cerrito, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of El Cerrito adopted an incentive program for construction projects, codified in Chapter 19.23 of the Zoning Code. Projects that achieve 50 points out 174 possible points may receive modifications to certain development standards and zoning requirements. LEED certified projects may earn up to 20 points towards the incentives.
City/Town
Elapsed
Anaheim Green Building Incentive Program
Anaheim, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
The City of Anaheim adopted a Green Building Incentive Program that provides commercial and multifamily residential buildings earning LEED certification with design review assistance, $1,000-$30,000 upon certification, and fee reimbursement to commercial and multifamily residential projects that earn LEED certification. Incentive level is based on certification level in commercial buildings and number of units in multi-family buildings. The program was discontinued in 2017.
City/Town
In effect
Denver Office of Sustainability and Citywide Sustainability Policy, Executive Order 123
Denver, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2013, the Mayor of Denver issued Executive Order 123, requiring new municipal building construction to earn LEED Gold certification, with a goal of achieving LEED Platinum where economically feasible. The EO also requires all existing and future municipal facilities to be maintained and operated using LEED for Existing Buildings principles. The EO also requires project teams to use LEED for guidance in construction and demolition waste recycling and use of recycled materials.
City/Town
In effect
Thornton Municipal Code, Article V, Division 2, Ordinance 3165
Thornton, CO
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level:
In 2011, the Thornton City Council adopted Ordinance 3165, encouraging sustainable practices through all phases of site planning and building design. The ordinance encourages commercial developments to consider practices that align with LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 1937
Golden, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Golden City Council adopted Resolution 1937, requiring all new municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet to achieve LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Steamboat Springs Municipal Code, Section 26-150
Steamboat Springs, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Council of Steam Boat Springs adopted a policy requiring commercial construction projects over 12,000 square feet to meet a number of specified design and construction standards outlined in the Steamboat Springs municipal code (Section 26-150), including LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2009-02
Mountain Village, CO
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2009, the Home Rule Municipality of Mountain Village Council adopted Ordinance 2009-02, adopting new prescriptive energy and green building standards. The ordinance covered all new residential and commercial construction. It allowed LEED Gold certified buildings with HERS rating equivalent to Green Building Standard requirements for home size to be exempt from both the Prescriptive Energy Code and the Green Building Standard and receive expedited status through the permitting process. The code also required all new commercial buildings 5,000 square feet or greater to achieve LEED Gold or higher. New commercial buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet were required comply with the prescriptive code or achieve LEED certification. The ordinance was repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Longmont Municipal Code, Title 4, Chapter 4.72, Section 4.72.030
Longmont, CO
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Longmont City Council adopted a policy allowing new or expanding businesses to apply for a fee and tax rebate up to 30% of each fee if the business exceeds the City's energy code or pursues LEED certification. Applicable fees include grading permit fees, electrical permit fees, mechanical permit fees, plumbing permit fees, water meter installation fee, city sales tax, and transportation community investment fee.
City/Town
In effect
Aurora Municipal Code, Section 146-923, Ordinance 2008-09
Aurora, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Aurora adopted Ordinance 2008-09, which requires standards for Sustainable Use Neighborhoods, including green building certification for the entire development in accordance with LEED, LEED for Homes, Build It Green, or Energy Star rating systems.
City/Town
In effect
Boulder Green Building and Green Points Program, Ordinance 7565
Boulder, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Boulder City Council adopted Ordinance 7565, establishing the Boulder Residential Green Points Program and setting the Green Point requirements for new single-unit and multi-unit residential construction and renovation. Projects that earn LEED Silver certification are exempt from the Green Points requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2007-49
Aurora, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2007, the City of Aurora adopted Resolution R2007-49, requiring new city facilities to achieve LEED Gold certification. Structures intended for seasonal use are exempt from the requirement.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2007-05
Mountain Village, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Town Council of Mountain Village passed Ordinance 2007-05, adopting a prescriptive energy code and green building standards. The ordinance requireed all new commercial buildings to achieve LEED certification or an equivalent standard. The policy has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2006-096
Fort Collins, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2006, the Fort Collins City Council adopted Resolution 2006-096, requiring that all new municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet earn LEED Gold certification or higher. The resolution further stipulates that existing municipal buildings should use LEED for Existing Buildings as a guide for operations and maintenance.
City/Town
Elapsed
Ordinance 272-9
Middletown, CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Middletown Common Council adopted Ordinance 272-9, granting commercial buildings that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications eligibility to receive a partial real estate tax exemption equal to a fixed amount of 10% of assessed value spread over two to seven years, depending upon the real estate value of improvements. LEED Silver-certified buildings that have less than $5 million assessed value will also be eligible for a partial real estate tax rebate of 10% spread over two to seven years, depending upon the real estate value of improvements. The policy has elapsed.
City/Town
In effect
Stamford Sustainable Development Standards, Ordinance 1071
Stamford, CT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Stamford Board of Representatives adopted Ordinance 1071, requiring all city-owned buildings over 5,000 square feet and buildings where the City leases at least 50% of total space to earn the LEED Silver certification or higher.
City/Town
In effect
New Haven Municipal Code, Article, V, Section 43, Ordinance 1412
New Haven, CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of New Haven adopted Ordinance 1412, which stipulates that no building in a Business D-2 District may exceed 200 feet above average lot grade; however, buildings registered under LEED with intent to certify may have ten additional feet of height.
City/Town
In effect
A policy regarding the use of LEED Building Standards for Mansfield Buildings
Mansfield, CT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Mansfield Town Council adopted a policy requiring that all municipal buildings are built using the most recent version of the LEED checklist, to the greatest extent practicable.
City/Town
Amended
Green Building Act of 2006
Washington, DC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Mayor of Washington, D.C. enacted the Green Building Act, requiring all non-residential District public buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2012, the policy was amended to require all new private development projects 50,000 square feet or larger earn LEED certification. In 2012, the City Council and Mayor adopted Act #A19-0336, amending the Green Building Act to require public schools to aspire to earn LEED Gold certification, and imposes fines on private commercial buildings that do not provide proof that the project has earned LEED certification within two years of occupancy.
City/Town
In effect
Harrington Municipal Code, Chapter 350, Section 350-7
Harrington, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Harrington City Council adopted a policy allowing new development in a wetland protection area to exceed 35% gross impervious cover by 50% in residential districts and by 75% in commercial districts, if all stormwater is treated to remove contaminants, directed into underground recharge systems or groundwater recharge areas, or the project attains LEED certification, and an environmental impact report is provided.
City/Town
Elapsed
Newark Municipal Code, Section 32-97
Newark, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Newark City Council adopted a policy giving LEED certification a consideration for site plan approval in high-density areas. Consideration is given based on a point system, where LEED certification is allocated a certain number of points.
City/Town
In effect
Dover Municipal Code, Part II, Appendix B, Article 3, Section 27.2
Dover, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Dover City Council adopted a policy stating that LEED certification may be used to satisfy the requirements for corridor overlay zones as it contributes to a superior urban development and higher quality of the built environment.
City/Town
In effect
Sanford Municipal Code, Schedule U, Section 3
Sanford, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the City of Sanford adopted a policy awarding mixed-use developments in the midtown overlay district, downtown district and riverfront district with height bonuses of up to two stories for achieving LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
St. Pete Beach Municipal Code, Section 98-5, Ordinance 2011-07
St. Pete Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the St. Pete Beach City Council adopted Ordinance 2011-07, requiring all newly constructed municipal buildings to be designed and built to achieve either LEED Silver certification or the Florida Green Building Council Commercial Building Designation Standard. When project resources and conditions permit, the ordinance stipulates that the city shall strive to achieve either LEED Gold or Platinum certification.
City/Town
Elapsed
DeLand LEED incentives
DeLand, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of DeLand adopted new building permit fees for construction projects pursuing LEED certification are eligible for building permit fee reductions of 0.60% of valuation. LEED projects are also eligible for expedited permitting at no additional charge. The incentives have elapsed.
City/Town
In effect
Palmetto Bay Green Program, Ordinance 2010-04
Palmetto Beach, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Village of Palmetto Bay created a Green Program requiring any village-owned construction project to earn LEED certification. The requirement applies to new buildings as well as maintenance or expansion of existing buildings. Private projects are encouraged to receive the certification through incentive programs and fast tracking permits. Incentives for developers include 5% density increase for LEED Silver, 8% increase for LEED Gold, and 10% increase for LEED Platinum.
City/Town
In effect
Lauderhill Municipal Code, Schedule P, Section 2.6
Lauderhill, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Lauderhill City Council adopted an ordinance encouraging all new developments, redevelopments and substantial building improvements to earn LEED certification. The ordinance also encourages public projects to strive to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Amended
Margate Green Building Initiative, Ordinance 2009-15
Margate, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Margate adopted Ordinance 2009-15, requiring all new construction or renovations of city buildings to earn LEED certification. In 2017, the policy was amended to broaden the third-party certifications that are eligible.
City/Town
In effect
Royal Palm Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 26, Article III, Section 26-32, Ordinance 826
Royal Palm Beach, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Royal Palm Beach adopted Ordinance 826, allowing buildings that have earned LEED certification to qualify for expedited permitting. The applicant must provide a letter from USGBC stating that the applicant has submitted the design phase application. The project's anticipated credit achievement must also be included in the application.
City/Town
In effect
Palm Coast Green Development Program, Palm Coast Municipal Code, Chapter 15, Article II, Section 15-31-41
Palm Coast, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Palm Coast City Council adopted Ordinance 09-22, creating a minimum reduction of project costs for new residential construction and residential retrofitting/remodeling and new and retrofitted commercial buildings that earn LEED certification or a city-approved alternative certification. Certified projects are also granted priority planning services and site plan review compared to non-certified projects.
City/Town
In effect
Hollywood Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 15, Ordinance-151.010
Hollywood, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Hollywood adopted Ordinance O-2009-32, requiring all new construction and major renovations of City buildings earn LEED Silver certification, or another city-approved equivalent. The ordinance also requires that the City employs a LEED AP on staff.
City/Town
In effect
Aventura Municipal Code, Article VI, Chapter 14, Section 14-115, Ordinance 2009-18
Aventura, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Aventura City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-18, establishing a Green Building Program that includes incentives for buildings that earn LEED certification. Buildings that LEED or LEED Silver certifications are eligible for expedited plan review, expedited building permit review and inspection, marketing of green building on site construction signs, inclusion of building on City's website, and administrative variances to allow orientation of building to take advantage of available natural resources, such as yard setbacks, landscape buffers, driveways. In addition to the above incentives, buildings that achieve LEED Gold or Platinum certification are eligible for a FAR bonus, and a lot coverage bonus, to a maximum 80% lot coverage, provided that the building has a green roof.
City/Town
In effect
Miami Municipal Code, Article III
Miami, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Miami City Council adopted a policy requiring new private development over 50,000 square feet in specified zoning districts (T5, T6, CI & CS) of habitable room and habitable space to achieve LEED Silver certification or a city-approved equivalent standard. The policy requires building owners to post at time of permit application a performance bond to guarantee LEED Silver certification. The city also provides density bonuses for projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications.
City/Town
In effect
Riviera Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 31, Article VI, Section 31-556, Ordinance 3072
Riviera Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Riviera Beach adopted Ordinance 3072, setting standards for recycling and scrap-metal processing centers. All new construction or renovation of recycling or scrap metal processing offices or administrative buildings must obtain LEED Silver certification to be issued a certificate of occupancy.
City/Town
In effect
Pensacola Municipal Code, Title XII, Chapter 12-6, Ordinance 16-10
Pensacola, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Pensacola City Council adopted Ordinance 16-10, authorizing the mayor to reduce the irrigation percentage for a site and may also reduce mitigation payment into the Tree Planting Trust Fund when Best Management Practices have been demonstrated to be employed on the land. Best Management Practices include LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Coral Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 25, Article VI, Division 3, Ordinance 2009-106
Coral Springs, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Coral Springs City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-106, allowing projects pursuing LEED Silver certification to receive reduced setback and landscaping standards.
City/Town
In effect
Port Orange Green Building Program, Ordinance 2009-12
Port Orange, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Port Orange City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-12, creating incentives for new construction and renovation projects. New residential and commercial construction projects that obtain certification under the Florida Green Building Coalition's Standard, LEED for Homes, or Green Globes rating systems will be eligible for expedited permitting, additional sign allowances, marketing privileges and a City of Port Orange Green Building Award. Residential and commercial renovations that obtain LEED for Existing Buildings certification are also eligible for incentives.
City/Town
In effect
Homestead Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Division 3, Section 30-461, Ordinance 2009-07-19
Homestead, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Homestead adopted Ordinance 2009-07-19, establishing bonuses for residential developments that pursue green building standards. Developments pursuing LEED Silver certification or Florida Green Building Coalition certification are eligible for one additional dwelling unit per acre.
City/Town
In effect
Wellington Targeted Expedited Permitting Program, Ordinance 2009-12
Wellington, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Village of Wellington passed Ordinance 2009-12, establishing a targeted expedited permitting program (TEPP), which is intended to provide qualifying projects with an efficient and accelerated process to resolve issues in a timely manner with a Village representative without sacrificing any requirements established in this chapter. The TEPP program is available to qualifying companies that are expanding operations, relocating or establishing a new business within the Village so that value-added employment may be created at a faster pace. The TEPP program is also available to any building obtaining LEED Silver certification or higher rating. The TEPP program is intended to expedite all phases of planning, zoning, building engineering and utilities permitting process.
City/Town
In effect
Boynton Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 1, Article 4, Ordinance 09-024
Boynton Beach, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Commission of Boynton Beach adopted Ordinance 09-024, establishing expedited permitting and review for residential and commercial buildings pursuing LEED certification or other city-approved building certfications.
City/Town
Repealed
South Daytona Municipal Code, Chapter 5, Article XVI, Ordinance 09-09
South Daytona, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Council adopted Ordinance 09-09, creating a green building program for all new construction and major renovations in South Daytona. New and existing commercial and residential projects that participate in the program are eligible for expedited permitting and land development plan review, reduced fees, additional sign allowances, marketing privileges and a "South Daytona Green Building Award." To qualify, projects must follow current standards of the appropriate LEED certification, or the appropriate standards of the Florida Green Building Coalition. The percentage of the permit fee reduction is dependent on certification level. The policy was repealed in 2019.
City/Town
Repealed
City of North Miami Sustainable Buildings Program, Ordinance 1278
North Miami, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of North Miami adopted Ordinance 1278, creating a Sustainable Building Program. The Ordinance stipulated that all new construction or additions of city-owned buildings must achieve LEED Silver certification or higher, and that substantial renovations to existing city-owned buildings were required to achieve LEED certification, while minor renovations must incorporate as many LEED green building principles as feasible. For the residential sector, all Community Redevelopment Agency-owned or funded projects are required to attain LEED Silver certification. Existing CRA structures undergoing major renovations must achieve LEED certification. Minor CRA renovations are required to pursue as many LEED credits as possible. New construction, additions or substantial improvements of commercial developments are required to be LEED certifications, while minor commercial improvements are required to incorporate as many LEED strategies as is feasible. The ordinance also creates residential density bonuses for LEED-certified projects. An individual may be granted a density bonus up to 25 dwelling units per acre for green building certification coupled with transit-oriented development. Projects pursuing LEED certification may also receive expedited permitting, reduced permit fees, and project recognition by the city. This policy has been repealed.
City/Town
Elapsed
Jacksonville Sustainable Building Program, Ordinance 2009-211
Jacksonville, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Jacksonville City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-211, requiring all new public buildings and major renovations to earn LEED certification. The program also offers incentives to new residential and commercial buildings that achieve LEED certification, including expedited permitting, density bonuses, and grants of up to $1,000 to cover costs of project certification. The policy was amended in 2014 to extend the carryover period to fiscal year 2016-2017, but has since elapsed.
City/Town
Amended
Miami Beach Green Building Ordinance
Miami Beach, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Miami Beach City Commission adopted a Green Building Ordinance, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification and all existing municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. The policy was amended in 2016 to require new construction over 7,000 square feet or ground floor additions to existing structures that encompass more than 10,000 square feet of additional floor area to achieve LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved alternative certification. Eligible projects are required to pay a Sustainability Fee prior to obtaining a temporary certificate of occupancy, certificate of occupancy, or certificate of completion. This fee is set as 5% of the construction valuation and is effectively used as a bartering token to incentivize certification. If a project fails to obtain LEED certification, the fee will not be refunded. A LEED-certified project will receive a refund of 50% of the fee paid. To incentivize earning higher levels of LEED certification, the City provides refunds on a sliding scale: A project that is certified LEED Silver receives a refund of 66% of the fee paid; projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certification receive a 100% fee refund. Certified projects also receive expedited plan review and building inspections
City/Town
In effect
Dunnellon Municipal Code, Subpart B, Appendix A, Article IX
Dunnellon, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Dunnellon City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-14, establishing sustainable building and design standards for new construction. Commercial buildings larger than 80,000 square feet are required to earn LEED certification. Proof of LEED registration must be provided with the building application prior to review. Certification must be obtained before issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, though a temporary certificate may be issued for up to 18 months during the certification process.
City/Town
Elapsed
Culter Bay Municipal Code, Part III, Chapter 2, Article LXXXVI, Ordinance 09-09
Cutler Bay, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Cutler Bay Town Council passed Ordinance 09-09, extending the duration of the moratoriums adopted in Ordinance 08-11 and 08-12, to remain in force until August 20, 2009. Businesses located in a LEED-certified building may receive a bonus up to $1,500.
City/Town
In effect
Dania Beach Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 28, Article 305
Dania Beach, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Dania Beach City Administration established a height bonus for transit-oriented development projects. The maximum height of transit-oriented development projects will be reduced by the greater of either two stories or 23 feet unless the development includes two public amenities such as a public plaza or civic open space, prominent water feature, public outdoor art, public parking or LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Deltona Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Article III, Ordinance 42-2008
Deltona, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Deltona City Council adopted Ordinance 42-2008, requiring all new and remodeled residential buildings to follow the guidelines of LEED for Homes or a city-approved equivalent. The policy also requires all new and renovated municipal and institutional buildings to follow LEED guidelines, or a city-approved equivalent certification. Projects that register intent to complete certification are eligible for expedited permitting and reduced permitting fees.
City/Town
In effect
Surfside Municipal Code, Chapter 90, Article IX
Surfside, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Surfside adopted a policy encouraging LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
West Melbourne Municipal Code, Section 99-10, Ordinance 2008-17
West Melbourne, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, West Melbourne adopted Ordinance 2008-17, granting buildings located in the town center pursuing LEED certification or another city-approved equivalent a height bonus up to 25 feet.
City/Town
Repealed
Cocoa Beach Municipal Code, Section 3-15, Ordinance 1473
Cocoa Beach, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Cocoa Beach City Commission adopted Ordinance 1473, that created a Special Development Overlay District. The policy states that a primary role of special development overlay districts is to promote and incorporate sustainable building practices in its developments, including LEED certification. The section of the Land Development Code pertaining to the Special Development Overlay District was repealed in 2019 by Ordinance 1627.
City/Town
Repealed
Pembroke Pines Code, Title XV, Chapter 159, Ordinance 1622
Pembroke Pines, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Pembroke Pines adopted Ordinance 1622, requiring all city-owned construction projects earn LEED Silver certification. Residential and commercial new construction and renovations interested in participating in the green building program must obtain certification under LEED or the Florida Green Building Coalition rating system. Participating projects will receive expedited permitting and a Pembroke Pines Green Building Award. This policy has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Jacksonville Sustainability Policy, Executive Order 2008-03
Jacksonville, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mayor of Jacksonville issued Executive Order 2008-03, establishing the City of Jacksonville Sustainability Policy. The Sustainability Policy includes a requirement that all new municipal building construction and major renovations earn LEED certification, and requires all existing and future public buildings to be maintained and operated according to the LEED for Existing Buildings checklist.
City/Town
In effect
Tampa Sustainability Ordinance, Ordinance 2008-112
Tampa, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Tampa City Council adopted the City of Tampa Sustainability Ordinance (Ordinance 2008-112), requiring that all new municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet of air-conditioned space to earn LEED Silver certification, and for major renovations of municipal buildings to follow LEED guidelines. The ordinance also offers developers of commercial and multi-family residential buildings a 20-80% rebate on building permit fees, depending on the level of LEED certification earned.
City/Town
In effect
St. Pete Beach Municipal Code, Division 39, Section 39.9, Ordinance 2008-12
St. Pete Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the St. Pete Beach City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-12, requiring all new development and redevelopment projects in the Community Redevelopment District to obtain certification from at least two of eight listed green building standards, including LEED for New Construction, LEED for Hotels and Lodging, LEED for Existing Buildings, and LEED for Commercial Interiors. The City Council also created a citizen-staffed Green Task Force responsible for maximizing green building design and ensuring construction and development is consistent with LEED certification standards.
City/Town
In effect
Lighthouse Municipal Code, Division 4, Sec. 42-361.1, Ordinance 2008-0875
Lighthouse Point, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Lighthouse Point City Commission adopted Ordinance 2008-0875, encouraging townhouse developments to incorporate sustainable design practices and to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Altamonte Springs Municipal Code, Article III, Division 46
Altamonte Springs, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Altamonte City Commission adopted a policy that defines the standards and calculations for height and intensity/density development bonuses. Projects that earn LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications are eligible for up to 100 bonus height points or up to 200 bonus intensity/density points. The number of points awarded is determined by the level of certification achieved.
City/Town
In effect
St. Petersburg Green City Initiative, Executive Order 08-01
St. Petersburg, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mayor of St. Petersburg issued Executive Order 08-01, requiring all new city-owned and occupied buildings to adhere to LEED standards. All redevelopment projects exceeding 10,000 square feet must follow guidelines for LEED for Existing Buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Davie Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 12, Article III
Davie, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Davie established incentives for construction projects pursuing LEED Silver or Gold certification. Projects pursuing LEED Silver certification are eligible for a 5% increase in impervious area, a town park and recreation impact fee waiver, and a 25% height increase. Projects pursuing LEED Gold certification may receive a 10% increase in impervious area, a town park and recreation impact fee waiver, and a 35% height increase. The policy outlines mandatory LEED credits to receive the incentives, including erosion and sedimentation control, fundamental building systems commissioning, minimum energy performance, CFC reduction in HVAC and refrigerant equipment, storage and collection of recyclables, minimum indoor air quality performance, and environmental tobacco smoke control.
City/Town
In effect
Coconut Creek Municipal Code, Section 13-320, Ordinance 2007-040
Coconut Creek, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Coconut Creek City Commission adopted Ordinance 2007-040, creating green construction standards for all new developments and renovations. All applicants for new development or redevelopment projects are required to retain a LEED AP on their planning and design team and follow certain sustainable design principles. Projects earning LEED certification or another city-approved equivalent are exempt from the requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Coral Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 25, Article 25, Section 2501023, Ordinance 2007-115
Coral Springs, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Coral Springs enacted Ordinance 2007-115, encouraging renovated and redeveloped structures to achieve LEED certification. The ordinance requires construction projects to submit a LEED checklist with site plan documents.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 83-07
Cape Coral, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Cape Coral City Council approved Ordinance 83-07 granting density/intensity bonuses for buildings pursuing LEED Silver certification. LEED Silver certification contributes 75 points toward the bonus; the number of points needed depends upon the size of the requested bonus. The policy has been repealed.
City/Town
Amended
Miami Lakes Green Building Program, Ordinance 07-92
Miami Lakes, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Miami Lakes Town Council adopted Ordinance 07-92, establishing the Town of Miami Lakes Green Building Program. The program combines incentives and requirements for buildings with construction costs exceeding $50,000. Grants are available for residential building owners who prove minimum compliance with LEED, and homeowners who prove minimum compliance with LEED for Homes. Permitting fee reductions are available for commercial applicants that prove minimum compliance with LEED. The ordinance requires that all new municipal construction greater than 5,000 square feet and renovations valued greater than $200,000 achieve LEED certification. Projects receiving greater than 50% funding from the Town are also required to achieve LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Lauderhill Municipal Code, Article IV, Section 5.3.1.A.7, Ordinance 07O-02-106
Lauderhill, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Lauderhill City Council adopted Ordinance 07O-02-106, requiring that site plans submitted to the Development Review Committee identify elements of the proposed developments that conform to LEED standards and to identify whether LEED certification will be sought.
City/Town
In effect
St. Petersburg Municipal Code, Section 12-1, Ordinance 812-G
St. Petersburg, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of St. Petersburg adopted Ordinance 812-G, providing incentives for residential and commercial construction projects incorporating green building techniques. Commercial developments which achieve LEED certification will receive a permit fee refund of $1,000. For commercial developments on vacant land over one acre, buildings which follow LEED standards will receive a permit fee refund of $2,500.
City/Town
In effect
Tampa Strategic Action Plan
Tampa, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Tampa adopted a Strategic Action Plan for the Channel District Community Development Area, which offers a 1.5 maximum floor area ratio density bonus to projects located in the Channel District that earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Gainesville Green Building Program, Ordinance 1835
Gainesville, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Gainesville City Council adopted Ordinance 1835, requiring new municipal civic or office construction to earn LEED certification. The policy also created a voluntary Green Building Program. Non-city owned residential buildings voluntarily participating in the program must follow the requirements of Green Home Designation Standard of the Florida Green Building Council. Additionally, the city provides a fast-track building permit incentive and a 50% reduction in building permit fees for private contractors that build to LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 30-22
Delray Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2022, the City Commission of Delray Beach enacted an ordinance requiring new construction or major renovations larger than 15,000 square feet to achieve the minimum certification level from a green building certification entity, including LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Norcross Municipal Code, Chapter 200, Article I, Division 4, Section 201-23, Ordinance 08-2019
Norcross, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2019, the City of Norcross adopted Ordinance 08-2019, providing a 25% density bonus to residential projects in the Buford Highway district that use a minimum of three green building methods as identified by LEED or a city-approved alternative standard. These methods may include green roof components, energy efficient windows, permeable pavement, stormwater planters, among others.
City/Town
In effect
Chamblee Municipal Code, Title 2, Chapter 230, Article 1, Section 230-9, Ordinance 682
Chamblee, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, the City of Chamblee passed Ordinance 682, stipulating that all new commercial, office, industrial, multi-family residential, or senior citizen residences equal or greater than 20,000 square feet submit a LEED checklist (or a checklist from a city-approved alternative standard) with a building permit application.
City/Town
Repealed
Decatur Municipal Code, Article 10.1.6
Decatur, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, Article 10.1.6 became effective in Decatur, establishing the Unified Development Code. The code requires single-family, two-family, multi-family, commercial, or public building must achieve LEED certification or a city-approved equivalent standard. The policy was repealed in 2017.
City/Town
In effect
Decatur High Performance Building Standards
Decatur, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the City of Decatur approved new high-performance building standards that require all new residential and commercial buildings to earn a nationally-recognized green building certification, including LEED for Homes. Major commercial renovations are also included. The standard will not be applied to residential improvements until after a pending study has been completed.
City/Town
In effect
Stone Mountain Municipal Code, Appendix A, Section 5-2.5
Stone Mountain, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Stone Mountain City Council passed an ordinance, providing new developments within a Traditional Residential District eligibility for a height bonus of three additional story, if the principal dwelling promotes sustainable building practices, such as LEED.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 09-61
Forest Park, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Forest Park City Council adopted Ordinance 09-61, requiring all new residential construction and renovations to earn LEED certification, or a city-approved equivalent standard. The ordinance was repealed in 2015.
City/Town
In effect
East Point Municipal Code, Chapter 4, Article A, Section 10-4001
East Point, GA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of East Point updated its zoning code to encourage new projects to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 777
Conyers, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Conyers City Council adopted Ordinance 777, requiring all new residential or municipal buildings with over 5,000 square feet of occupied space to earn LEED certification, or to pursue a city-approved equivalent standard. This requirement has been repealed.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 2008-11
Doraville, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Doraville City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-11, requiring all new municipal buildings and all commercial, industrial, and multifamily residential buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The ordinance was replaced in 2016 by Ordinance 2016-16, which no longer requires LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Covington Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.2
Covington, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Covington enacted a policy requiring building permit applicants with projects exceeding 50,000 square feet to submit a LEED checklist at the time of application.
City/Town
Repealed
City of Tybee Island Green Building Policy
Tybee Island, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the City of Tybee Island adopted a green building policy declaring that all new city buildings will achieve the LEED Silver certification level, and achieve a higher certification level when conditions and resources permit. Projects designed to the LEED Silver level must have a payback of no more than five years. If payback is anticipated to be over five years, city staff will recommend only achieving LEED certification. The resolution also stipulated that all major renovations and non-occupied buildings should include as many principles of LEED and the city's green building program as possible. This policy has since been repealed.
City/Town
Amended
Atlanta Municipal Code, Chapter 75, Ordinance 17-O-1218
Atlanta, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the City of Atlanta enacted Ordinance #03-0-1693, requiring all city-funded projects larger than 5,000 square feet or costing $2 million to earn LEED Silver certification. Projects exempt from this policy are required to complete a LEED checklist to assess any sustainable design techniques. In 2017, Chapter 75 was amended by Ordinance 17-O-1218 to require all city facilities larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, regardless of project costs.
City/Town
Repealed
Norcross Municipal Code, Ordinance 24-2012
Norcross, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the City of Norcross adopted Ordinance 24-2012, providing projects that earn LEED certification in the Redevelopment area overlay district a .25 floor area ratio bonus. This policy has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Honolulu Municipal Code, Chapter 2, Article 9, Ordinance 06-06
Honolulu, Hawaii
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the City and County of Honolulu passed Ordinance 06-06, requiring new city facilities larger than 5,000 square feet to earn or exceed LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Moscow Green Building Program, Moscow Zoning Code, Title 4, Chapter 7, Ordinance 2008-09
Moscow, ID
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Moscow enacted a policy stating that homes that incorporate LEED standards may receive a 2% density bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 1096
Ketchum, ID
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Ketchum City Council approved a new building code for residential construction and major renovations based on the National Green Building Standard - ICC 700-2008. The City accepts LEED Silver certification as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
In effect
Carbondale Municipal Code, Title 16, Section 6-4-3
Carbondale, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Carbondale City Council adopted Ordinance 2010-03, providing a fee waiver for any projects that earn LEED certification. The policy also provides LEED projects eligibility to receive a partial or full refund of the water and sewer tap connection fees as follows: LEED Silver projects will be granted a 50% refund; LEED Gold projects will receive a 75% refund; and LEED Platinum projects will have 100% of their water and sewer connection fees refunded.
City/Town
Amended
Evanston Green Building Ordinance, Title 4, Chapter 25, Ordinance 14-O-09
Evanston, IL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Evanston City Council adopted Ordinance 14-O-09 (amended by Ordinance 124-O-09), requiring all new City-owned and City-financed buildings 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification or higher, and all new commercial or multi-family buildings 10,000 square feet or larger to achieve LEED Silver certification or higher. In addition, all interior renovations of City-owned and City-financed buildings 10,000 square feet or greater must earn LEED Silver certification at minimum, and all interior renovations of commercial or multi-family buildings 10,000 square feet or greater must earn LEED Silver certification, at minimum. The City may also provide incentives, including expedited plan review and financial assistance for costs associated with LEED Silver certification. Projects that fail to obtain a LEED Silver certification will be given a monetary penalty determined on a sliding scale, taking into account how close the project came to achieving LEED Silver.
City/Town
In effect
Oak Brook Municipal Code, Title 13, Chapter 15, Section 13-15-3, Ordinance G-890
Oak Brook, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Village of Oak Brook passed Ordinance G-890, which encourages planned developments to include a LEED AP in the design process, submit a LEED checklist with the permit application, and obtain LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance M-6-2009
Winnetka, IL
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Winnetka Village Council adopted Ordinance M-6-2009, directing planned developments at 513-515 Lincoln Avenue and 718-732 Elm Street to be designed to meet LEED Silver standards, or the standards of a village-approved alternative certification.
City/Town
In effect
Collinsville Municipal Code, Title 17, Section 17.040, Ordinance 4230
Collinsville, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Collinsville City Council adopted Ordinance 4230, requiring all developments in the Uptown Collinsville District to attain certification from at least one nationally recognized green building program, including LEED.
City/Town
Repealed
Resolution 2008-47
Yorkville, IL
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Yorkville City Council adopted Resolution 2008-47, requiring all new municipal buildings 5,000 square feet or larger, and all municipal building renovations of 1,000 square feet or larger to earn LEED certification. New municipal buildings are encouraged to seek a higher LEED certification level where practicable.
City/Town
Repealed
Bartlett Municipal Code, Section 9-6-7, Ordinance 2008-105
Bartlett, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Village of Bartlett adopted Ordinance 2008-105, requiring all new public building projects to earn LEED certification. Section 9-6-7 was replaced in 2014 by Ordinance 2014-46, which struck the LEED requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 08-812
Lockport, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Lockport City Council adopted Ordinance 08-812, encouraging planned commercial, office, or industrial developments to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Romeoville Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 159, Section 159-158, Ordinance 08-0657
Romeoville, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Village of Romeoville enacted a policy granting planned developments located in a business district 30 points for pursuing LEED certification. The points may be used to satisfy specified design and construction requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Northbrook Green Building Initiative, Ordinance 08-24
Northbrook, IL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Northbrook Village Board of Trustees adopted Ordinance 08-24, requiring all municipal construction to earn LEED certification. The policy also established the Northbrook Green Building Initiative Incentive Program, which provides rewards to projects that seek LEED certification. These projects receive expedited permitting and review and permit fee rebates. Fee rebates are as follows: 10% rebate for LEED Certified projects, 20% for LEED Silver, 30% for LEED Gold, and 40% for LEED Platinum. Projects that achieve certain Sustainable Sites or Water Efficiency credits may receive an additional 1% fee rebate for every credit achieved.
City/Town
In effect
Palos Park Municipal Code, Section 1274.05(c)(2)(F), Ordinance 2007-17
Palos Park, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Palos Park City Council adopted Ordinance 2007-17, encouraging new commercial developments in business districts to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
Amended
Chicago Sustainable Development Policy
Chicago, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the City of Chicago adopted a resolution requiring all new city-funded construction and major renovation projects to earn LEED certification. The policy was updated in 2016 to include an alternative compliance path, whereby developers are not required to earn third-party certification, provided that projects include a threshold of high-performance measures.
City/Town
In effect
Normal Municipal Code, Chapter 15, Division 17, Ordinance 4825
Normal, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002 the Town of Normal enacted Ordinance 4825, requiring public or private construction over 7,500 square feet in the Central Business District earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Chicago Green Permit Program
Chicago, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Chicago amended its Green Permit Program, increasing incentives for projects pursuing LEED certification. Commercial projects striving for LEED certification qualify for expedited permits. Projects striving to earn higher levels of LEED certification will receive permits within 30 days, and are eligible to receive a partial permit waiver up to $25,000.
City/Town
Repealed
Fort Wayne Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 153.19, Ordinance G-1-12
Fort Wayne, IN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Fort Wayne City Council adopted Ordinance G-1-12, granting projects that incorporate green building techniques, such as LEED certification, tax abatement benefits. Projects that earn 7-11 points are eligible for three years of tax abatement, and projects that earn 24-67 points are eligible for up to ten years of tax abatement.
City/Town
Elapsed
Indianapolis Green Building Incentive Program
Indianapolis, IN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Indianapolis created the Green Building Incentive Program, granting new construction and major renovation projects rebates if they pursue green building techniques. Projects may receive a 30% rebate if their design incorporates three of the following categories: water quality/quantity, transportation, energy, materials, site, and/or innovative design. Projects may receive an additional 10% for each category achieved beyond the minimum, not to exceed a 50% rebate. The program's criteria is based off LEED, but does not require LEED registration or certification. A project that earns LEED certification will qualify for all or part of the rebate. The program has elapsed.
City/Town
In effect
Bloomington Municipal Code, Chapter 2.29, Green Building Program, Ordinance 09-04
Bloomington, IN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Bloomington City Council adopted Ordinance 09-04, requiring all construction and major renovations of occupied municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires occupiable municipal existing building to earn LEED Silver for Existing Buildings certification by December 31, 2022. The ordinance stipulates that the city shall strive for LEED Gold or Platinum certifications, where project resources and conditions permit.
City/Town
In effect
Greensburg Sustainable Land Development Resolution
Greensburg, KS
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Platinum
In 2007, the Greensburg City Council adopted a resolution requiring new city-owned buildings larger than 4,000 square feet to earn LEED Platinum certification. The resolution further requires that qualifying city buildings earn all 10 points in the Optimize Energy Performance credit.
City/Town
In effect
Louisville Property Assessment and Reassessment Moratorium Program
Louisville, KY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Louisville Metro Government created a green redevelopment initiative to encourage the repair, rehabilitation, restoration, or stabilization of qualifying structures. Residential and commercial buildings 25 years or older may qualify for a reassessment moratorium/freeze on a portion of local taxes for a period of five years if the project meets certain criteria, including earning LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ruston Municipal Code, Chapter 29, Ordinance 1540
Ruston, LA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Ruston City Council adopted Ordinance 1540, requiring all properties located in the Tech Village District to conform to specific design requirements. The ordinance encouraged projects to earn LEED certification, and stated that LEED-certified buildings would be granted special consideration by the design review committee. Chapter 29 of the Municipal Code was repealed in 2012.
City/Town
In effect
Whole Building Sustainability Standards and Guidelines, New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Article 17, Section 17.5
New Orleans, LA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
The City of New Orleans offers a 15% increase in floor area ratio bonus for projects that earn LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved alternative certification. Prior to the approval of any FAR bonus for whole building sustainability, the applicant shall submit a letter of credit, surety bond, or other financial guarantee approved by the Director of the Department of Finance to ensure ultimate compliance with the sustainability level required for the bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Cambridge Municipal Code, Article 22, Ordinance 1412
Cambridge, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2019, the Cambridge City Council enacted Ordinance 1412, requiring construction projects exceeding 25,000 square feet that require a special permit from the Planning Board to meet LEED certification guidelines. Projects between 25,000-49,999 square feet must demonstrate adherence to LEED Silver guidelines, or a city-approved alternative standard. Projects 50,000 square feet and larger must adhere to the LEED Gold guidelines, or a city-approved alternative standard. To prove compliance, applicants must submit a completed LEED project checklist with an affidavit provided by a LEED AP, or another consultant.
City/Town
In effect
Ashland Municipal Code, Chapter 282, Section 8
Ashland, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Ashland City Council adopted a policy requiring new buildings constructed in the Pond Street Mixed Use Overlay District to achieve ENERGY Star certification. LEED certification may be used as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
In effect
Lexington Municipal Code Chapter 175, Part III, Article XV, Section 175-81
Lexington, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Lexington enacted a policy requiring all building permit applications submitted to the City Planning Board to include a LEED for Core & Shell scorecard - or a city-approved alternative rating system scorecard - when applying for major site plan review.
City/Town
In effect
Melrose Municipal Code, Chapter 235, Section 71.1, Ordinance 08-128
Melrose, MA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Melrose City Council adopted Ordinance 08-128, requiring new construction and renovation projects within a smart growth district to incorporate sustainable design practices in accordance with ENERGY Star. The ordinance also encourages projects to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Executive Order Relative to Climate Action in Boston
Boston, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Boston issued an Executive Order requiring all new municipal construction and major renovations to earn LEED Silver certification and exceed baseline energy performance by a certain percentage.
City/Town
In effect
Boston Zoning Code, Article 37
Boston, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Boston enacted a policy requiring that all large public and private projects subject to Section 80B of the Zoning Code to earn LEED certification. The policy directs the City to deny permits and certificates of occupancy to noncompliant projects. All projects, regardless of size, are required to submit a LEED checklist to the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
City/Town
Elapsed
Downtown Hyannis Design & Infrastructure Plan
Barnstable, MA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Barnstable Planning Board adopted the Downtown Hyannis Design & Infrastructure Plan, which applies to new development and redevelopment in the Hyannis Village Zoning Districts. Buildings, renovations, and additions which are LEED Bronze certified or higher are encouraged and such development may be granted a reduction from certain impact fees.
City/Town
In effect
Medford Energy and Resource Efficiency Policy, Policy 2005-02
Medford, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the City of Medford adopted an Energy and Resource Efficiency Policy, requiring all new municipal construction seek to meet LEED standards or follow green building design practices.
City/Town
In effect
Somerville Municipal Code, Section 6.4-6.5
Somerville, MA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Somerville City Council adopted Ordinance 2004-04, requiring projects located in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District to submit LEED checklists, and encouraging LEED certification. In 2009, the policy was amended by Ordinance 2009-03 to add LEED incentives. LEED Gold-certified projects are eligible for a floor area ratio increase (FAR) and a height bonus. LEED Gold projects within Transit Oriented District 70 and 100 are eligible for a 0.5 FAR increase; LEED Gold developments in Transit Oriented District 135 may receive a 1.0 FAR increase; and LEED Gold projects in all three districts may receive a 15 feet height bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Acton Zoning Bylaws, Section 5.5B.2.2.d
Acton, MA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Town of Acton adopted Zoning Bylaw Section 5.5B.2.2.d, granting building projects located in the East Acton Village District that earn LEED certification a floor area ratio bonus of 0.05.
City/Town
In effect
Arlington Bylaws, Title 1, Article 16, Section 4
Arlington, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the Town of Arlington enacted a bylaw requiring all new town buildings, major renovation projects, and additions to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Cambridge Green Building Requirements, Cambridge Zoning Ordinance, Article 22
Cambridge, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Cambridge enacted a policy requiring new developments between 25,000-50,000 square feet are designed to meet LEED Silver certification, and projects exceeding 50,000 feet to meet LEED Gold certification. Developments subject to the Green Building Requirements must also implement an enhanced commissioning program and must submit an advisory “Net Zero Narrative” at the preliminary and final stage of review, reporting on initial and future projections for energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and discussing how the project aligns with the City’s Net Zero Action Plan.
City/Town
In effect
Watertown Municipal Code, Title Xv, Article IX, Section 9.3
Watertown, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2018, the Watertown Town Council approved an amendment to the town's Zoning Ordinance, requiring new commercial, mixed-use, and industrial projects meet the requirements of LEED Silver certification. Certification with USGBC is not required.
City/Town
In effect
Salem Municipal Code, Chapter 12, Article V, Section 12.251
Salem, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2022, the Salem City Council enacted a policy requiring city-owned or leased new construction or major renovations 5,000 square feet or greater, and city-owned or leased major renovations 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved alternative certification.
City/Town
In effect
Baltimore City Green Construction Code, Council Bill 14-0413
Baltimore, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2015, Baltimore City enacted Council Bill 14-0413, adopting the International Green Construction Code 2012. All permits for commercial and certain multi-family residential buildings are required to complete a Green Building Statement of Compliance to determine code applicability and identify a green building compliance path. Earning LEED Silver certification is an alternative compliance path to the mandatory code.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution R-7-12
Bowie, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Bowie City Council enacted Resolution R-7-12, requiring all new municipal building projects larger than 10,000 square feet, or additions to existing projects greater than 10,000 square feet, to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance O-19-2010
Gaithersburg, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council adopted Ordinance O-19-2010, requiring all commercial or high rise residential buildings between 10,000-50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification, and all commercial or residential buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy has since been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Hagerstown Municipal Code, Chapter 223, Article IV, Ordinance 2009-2
Hagerstown, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Hagerstown City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-2, granting buildings that earn LEED Silver certification a 20% property tax credit, LEED Gold certified buildings a 25% property tax credit, and LEED Platinum-certified buildings a 30% property tax credit.
City/Town
In effect
Hampstead Municipal Code, Article XV, Section 135-150, Ordinance 449
Hampstead, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Hampstead Town Council adopted Ordinance 449, requiring any new buildings constructed located in the Groundwater Conservation District to earn LEED Silver certification, or an town-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Annapolis Municipal Code, Title 17, Chapter 17.14, Ordinance 0-56-07
Annapolis, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Mayor of Annapolis enacted Ordinance 0-56-07, requiring all public construction earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires commercial and mixed-use buildings of 7,500 square feet or greater to earn LEED certification; five or more single-family homes on one lot, or a single home larger than 3,250 square feet to earn LEED certification. The policy allows for projects to register and certify to LEED or an energy and environmental design standard deemed equivalent by the Director of the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 08-2
La Plata, MD
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mayor of La Plata enacted Town Council Resolution 08-2, requiring all town-owned and town-funded new construction and major renovations larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The resolution also recommends that smaller public projects and private projects earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Baltimore Council Bill 07-0602
Baltimore, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Baltimore enacted Council Bill 07-0602, requiring all city and city-funded projects exceeding 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The law also requires commercial or multi-family residential buildings 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. The law does not require formal certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Resolution R-33-07
Gaithersburg, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Gaithersburg City Council adopted Resolution R-33-07, requiring all new municipal construction to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also stipulates that municipal renovations should follow LEED guidelines.
City/Town
Repealed
Resolution R-15-03
Bowie, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the Bowie City Council adopted Resolution #R-15-03, requiring all municipal projects to follow green building criteria and to use LEED guidelines. This resolution was replaced in 2012.
City/Town
In effect
Rockville Commercial Green Building Regulations
Rockville, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2019, the City Council of Rockville enacted Ordinance 22-19, amending its green building regulations to require new commercial or multi-unit residential buildings or additions greater than 7,500 square feet to demonstrate compliance with a green building code, such as the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ASHRAE 189.1, or the 2012 National Green Building Standards (ICC 700-2012). LEED Silver is denoted as an alternative compliance path to the green code requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 103-11/12
Portland, ME
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Portland City Council adopted Ordinance 103-11/12, requiring all new construction and renovation projects owned or occupied by the City 2,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. All new construction and renovation projects 10,000 square feet or greater funded in whole or in part by the City shall demonstrate - under any third-party certification system or energy model signed by a licensed engineer - a certain percentage improvement in the proposed energy performance of the building compared to the baseline performance rating per ASHRAE Standard 90.1 or equivalent standard if the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 is not applicable to the project. The improvements are 30% for new construction, 25% for existing buildings, and 20% for historic buildings. LEED is an eligible certification system.
City/Town
Repealed
York Zoning Ordinance Article 9
York, ME
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Town of York added Article 9 to the Town Zoning Ordinance, requiring municipal buildings and buildings funded by the Town exceeding 5,000 square feet at 75% or more of the total construction cost to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Bangor LEED Certification Order
Bangor, ME
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Bangor City Council adopted a policy requiring all new city-owned or city-funded construction and major renovation projects 5,000 square feet or larger to achieve LEED certification. The policy also encourages the private sector to design, construct and operate its buildings consistent with LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Bar Harbor Municipal Code, Chapter 125, Article V, Section 125-69
Bar Harbor, ME
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Bar Harbor amended its municipal code, granting a density bonus for affordable housing projects whereby all dwelling units meet LEED standards. The bonus applies to projects within a Planned Unit Development.
City/Town
In effect
East Lansing Green Building Policy, Resolution 2009-01
East Lansing, MI
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the East Lansing City Council adopted a resolution requiring new municipal construction larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, and requiring renovations to follow a LEED checklist. The policy also requires private projects that receive municipal incentives up to 15% of the total project cost to earn LEED certification, private development projects that receive over 15% of the project costs in municipal incentives with one building to earn LEED Silver certification, and private development projects that receive over 15% in incentives with multiple buildings to achieve LEED for Neighborhood Development Silver certification and achieve at least 1 point under Green Infrastructure & Buildings Credit 1 or achieve at minimum LEED Silver certification for each building. Private building renovations that receive municipal incentives are required to earn LEED certification. Incentives include tax increment financing funds, brownfield redevelopment funds, community development block grant funds, parking revenue bonds, or other financing mechanisms. As of 2021, the Green Building Policy was under revision.
City/Town
Elapsed
Clawson Municipal, Chapter 34, Division 23, Ordinance 670
Clawson, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Clawson City Council adopted Ordinance 670, encouraging LEED certification for development projects in Clawson. The policy has elapsed.
City/Town
In effect
Ypsilanti Municipal Code, Article XI-D, Section 1173, Ordinance 2008-378
Ypsilanti, MI
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Ypsilanti Charter Township adopted Ordinance 2008-378, allowing LEED-certified buildings to have up to three additional stories and 35 feet of building height.
City/Town
In effect
Groveland Municipal Code, Article III, Section 54-474, Ordinance 164
Groveland, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Groveland Township adopted Ordinance 164, encouraging the use of LEED certification in the development overlay district.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution Adopting LEED Standards
Novi, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Novi City Council passed a resolution adopting LEED as the City's preferred green building rating system. The resolution encourages adherence to LEED standards and criteria in local private development and encourages the City to consider greening the City's building policies.
City/Town
Repealed
Milford Municipal Code, Chapter 32, Article III, Section 32-526
Milford Charter Township, MI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Milford Charter Township amended its building code to require planned unit development projets to provide a public benefit in order to be eligible for rezoning, planning commission review, and township board approval. Suggested public benefits include traffic flow improvement, preservation of the township's natural features, or earning LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Rochester Hills Master Land Use Plan
Rochester Hills, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Rochester Hills Planning Commission adopted the Master Land Use Plan, which recommends that all new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings earn LEED certification. The Plan also recommends developing incentives for residential and non-residential buildings to achieve LEED certification. The 2018 Master Land Use Plan update also adds an action strategy to educate the development community about the benefits of LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Auburn Hills Green Building Policy
Auburn Hills, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Auburn Hills City Council adopted the Auburn Hills Green Building Policy, encouraging all applicable municipal and private development projects to achieve LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Grand Rapids Sustainability Policy for City Buildings, Policy 600-16
Grand Rapids, MI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Grand Rapids City Commission adopted Policy 600-16, requiring all new municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet and valued at $1 million in construction costs to earn LEED certification. The policy further stipulates that all municipal renovations and building operations should follow LEED guidelines.
City/Town
Repealed
Milford Municipal Code, Article XI, Chapter 94, Section 94-305
Milford, MI
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Milford City Council adopted Ordinance 231-106, permitting the development of single-family residential clusters, under certain circumstances, in situations where the normal subdivision approach would otherwise be restrictive owing to the presence of environmentally sensitive lands on the site. These developments must provide a public benefit, including through demonstrating adherence to LEED principles.
City/Town
In effect
Saint Paul Sustainable Building Ordinance, Ordinance 17-60
Saint Paul, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2018, the City of Saint Paul enacted Ordinance 17-60, requiring new projects exceeding 10,000 square feet and receiving more than $200,000 in funding from the City or the Housing and Redevelopment Authority to earn LEED Silver certification, or a city-approved alternative standard. The policy also applies to major renovations of existing buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Baxter Municipal Code, Title 10, Chapter 4, Ordinance 2011-05
Baxter, MN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Baxter City Council adopted Ordinance 2011-05, amending the city's architectural standards to include exemptions for building lighting and exteriors that are LEED compatible. The city allows modifications to the normal lighting standards if it is demonstrated that the modifications are LEED compatible. Exterior materials or architectural features not specifically listed as approved by the city may also be accepted if they are LEED compatible.
City/Town
In effect
Establishing a Sustainable Development Policy for New and Renovated
Municipal Buildings in the City of Saint Paul, Council Resolution 07-70
Saint Paul, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the St. Paul City Council adopted Council Resolution 07-70, requiring that new or significantly renovated municipal facilities earn LEED Silver certification or a city-approved alternative standard. The resolution also states that if the building is constructed or renovated to LEED standards, the more stringent State Guidelines related to "Energy and Atmosphere," including exceeding the energy code by at least 30%, and the State Guidelines related to Performance Management must be met. The policy also requires that staff from various City departments become LEED accredited.
City/Town
Repealed
Resolution 2006 R-381
Minneapolis, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the City of Minneapolis adopted Resolution 2006 R-381, establishing LEED standards in the planning, design, construction and commissioning of municipal facilities. All new facilities and major renovations of 5,000 square feet or greater should earn LEED Silver certification, with Energy and Atmosphere credits. The resolution also requested that staff report on feasibility of earning LEED Gold certification for the Hiawatha Maintenance Facility, and required at least five city staff to earn LEED AP accreditation within two years of the resolution's adoption.
City/Town
In effect
Bloomington Municipal Code, Chapter 19.29F
Bloomington, MN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the City of Bloomington added requirements for the permanent high intensity mixed use with residential zoning district, including a sustainable design bonus. Developments designed to minimize environmental impact as measured by LEED certification are eligible for bonus floor area. One quarter square foot of additional floor area is allowed per square foot of floor area within a building that receives LEED or Silver certification. One half square foot of additional floor area is allowed per square foot of floor area within a building that receives LEED certification at the Gold or Platinum level. The sustainable design floor area ratio bonus may not exceed 1.0 and building permits and final Certificates of Occupancy will not be issued unless LEED certification is verified.
City/Town
In effect
St. Louis Park Green Building Policy
St. Louis Park, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2022, St. Louis Park enacted the St. Louis Park Green Building Policy, requiring new municipal, commercial, multi-family residential, and mixed-use projects 15,000 square feet or larger - and renovations in buildings 50,000 square feet or larger - that receive $200,000 or more in city financial assistance to certify to a third-party rating system, including LEED Silver or higher. Projects that must earn a minimum of 13 points within the Energy and Atmosphere: Optimize Energy Performance credit.
City/Town
Amended
Kansas Municipal Code, Chapter 3, Article I, Division 3, Section 3-71, Ordinance 110235
Kansas City, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2004, Kansas City enacted Ordinance 041222, requiring new city facilities to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2011, Kansas City enacted Ordinance 110235, amending Ordinance 041222 to require new city facilities and renovations exceeding 5,000 square feet to achieve LEED Gold certification. A LEED Standards Committee was also established to evaluate exemptions to the certification requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Chesterfield Municipal Code, Article 3, Section 405.03.040, Ordinance 2527
Chesterfield, MO
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Chesterfield City Council adopted Ordinance 2527, offering developers the ability to negotiate the mitigation of other zoning requirements if LEED standards are used.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 2009-3382
Ferguson, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Ferguson adopted Ordinance 2009-3382, requiring buildings built or renovated with city funds to earn LEED Silver certification, or another nationally-recognized certification program, provided that the estimated energy savings exceed the marginal cost of the energy saving features over the expected life of the building and subject to fiscal constraints established by the City Manager. The ordinance also encourages new and remodeled residential, industrial, and commercial projects to satisfy LEED requirements.
City/Town
In effect
City of Springfield Green Building Policy, Resolution 9573
Springfield, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008 the Springfield City Council adopted Resolution 9573, establishing the Springfield Green Building Policy. The policy requires all city-owned buildings intended for human occupation to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also requests projects strive for the highest certification possible if conditions permit. At minimum, all projects must earn seven LEED points for energy performance, two points for water use and waste reduction, and one point for construction waste management. New city buildings not intended for human occupation shall incorporate as many LEED points as possible. The policy also stipulates that any future renovations to city buildings must use performance benchmarks from LEED for Existing Buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 67414
St. Louis, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007 the St. Louis City Council approved Ordinance 67414, requiring all city-owned facilities larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy stipulates that the city will also apply LEED standards to major retrofit and renovation projects.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 06-21
Clayton, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Clayton Board of Aldermen adopted Resolution 06-21, requiring that new construction and major renovations of city buildings larger than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification. The requirement may be waived if certification is cost prohibitive, if certification would have a negative impact on a historic structure, or in an emergency situation.
City/Town
In effect
Starkville Sustainability and LEED Policy
Starkville, MS
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Starkville Mayor and Board of Aldermen adopted the Starkville Sustainability and LEED Policy, requiring all new construction of city facilities exceeding 3,000 square feet earn LEED certification. The policy also encourages LEED certification for new commercial and residential construction.
City/Town
In effect
Bozeman Municipal Code, Chapter 38, Article 4, Section 38.430.090
Bozeman, MT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
Bozeman's Municipal Code requires planned unit development proposals must comply with the city's design objectives and criteria. In order to be approved, a PUD proposal must earn at least 20 performance points from a combination of methods. Design proposals that include a commitment to design the majority of buildings to meet LEED certification requirements, or a city-approved alternative certification, will earn 6 points. Proposals that are conditionally approved to meet LEED for Neighborhood Development may quality for 15 points.
City/Town
Amended
Charlotte Revised Policy for Sustainable Facilities
Charlotte, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Charlotte City Council adopted a policy for sustainable city facilities that requires all new municipal buildings and renovations of at least 5,000 square feet to complete a LEED checklist for purposes of consistency and comparability. The policy further requires any staff with facility construction or renovation project management responsibilities to be a LEED Green Associate or demonstrate an equivalent level of training. On May 23, 2016, the Charlotte City Council revised the 2009 Policy to require LEED v4 certification or higher for major renovations to or new constructions of City-owned, City-managed, or City-funded buildings. The policy also details the City's ten-year plan to require existing buildings meet LEED standards.
City/Town
Repealed
Montreat Municipal Code, Chapter J, Article I, Section 4
Montreat, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Montreat City Council revised the city's Building Code to provide an building incentive whereby construction and major renovation projects in Montreat pursuing LEED certification are eligible for a partial rebate of associated permit fees. Projects may receive a 10% rebate for earning LEED certification, 15% for earning LEED Silver certification, 20% for earning LEED Gold certification, and 25% for earning LEED Platinum certification. This policy was repealed in 2010.
City/Town
In effect
Raleigh LEED Certification for New and Existing Municipal Buildings Policy
Raleigh, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Raleigh City Council adopted a policy requiring that new public buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, and construction less than 10,000 square feet should be "designed to be eligible for LEED Silver certification" and should meet energy and water efficiency requirements. The City will also strive to earn LEED Gold or LEED Platinum where feasible. The policy further stipulates that existing city buildings should use LEED for Existing Buildings as a guide.
City/Town
In effect
Wilmington Municipal Code, Section 18-174, Ordinance O-2008-05
Wilmington, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Wilmington City Council adopted Ordinance O-2008-25, providing LEED-certified buildings with trees, shrubs, and other green roof vegetation an exemption from city height requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 07-91
Asheville, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Asheville City Council enacted Resolution 07-91, requiring all new, occupied, city-owned buildings 5,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Gold certification, and to strive for LEED Platinum whenever project resources and conditions permit. The policy also requires an energy savings payback on the incremental cost of no greater than ten years. If the payback period for recovering incremental construction cost is greater than ten years, buildings should opt for LEED Silver certification. In addition, all new, occupied city-owned buildings less than 5,000 square feet should be built to incorporate measures in alignment with LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Forsyth County/Winston-Salem UDO Chapter C, Section 3-5.4
Forsyth County, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Forsyth County adopted Unified Development Ordinance Chapter C, Section 3-5.4, granting new construction projects eligibility for a Special Intense Development Allocation for earning LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Forsyth County/Winston-Salem Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter B, Section 2-1.5
Forsyth County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, Forsyth County adopted a policy exempting new construction projects in special mixed-use districts pursuing LEED Silver certification from the county's open space requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Chapel Hill Municipal Code, Chapter V, Article VII, Ordinance 5-21
Chapel Hill, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the City of Chapel Hill adopted Ordinance 5-21, requiring any new or expanded municipal building to earn LEED Silver certification. A LEED-accredited architect or engineer must be included on the project design team. The policy stipulates that the most current applicable version of the LEED shall be used.
City/Town
In effect
Derry Municipal Code, Article VI, Section 5-34
Derry, NH
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Derry Town Council passed the Derry Green Building Policy, requiring that all new town buildings and major renovations meet LEED certification standards. Upgrades and minor repairs to town-owned or town-funded facilities are also required to be consistent with LEED certification standards. The requirements can be overturned with approval by two-thirds of the Town Council.
City/Town
In effect
Nashua Municipal Code, Article VIII, Ordinance O-07-106
Nashua, NH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Nashua City Council adopted Ordinance O-07-106, granting permit fee reductions for buildings that earn LEED certification. Projects will receive a 5% permit fee reduction for earning a LEED certification, a 10% fee reduction for earning a LEED Silver certification, a 15% fee reduction for earning a LEED Gold certification, and a 20% fee reduction for earning a LEED Platinum certification.
City/Town
In effect
Franklin Municipal Code, Article IV, Section 305-22, Ordinance 02-08
Franklin, NH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007 the City of Franklin adopted Ordinance 02-08, creating a density bonus for buildings or historic restoration and/or renovations that earn LEED certification. New construction must earn at least 45 LEED points, and renovations must earn at least 55 LEED for Existing Buildings points to be granted a density bonus of up to 20%.
City/Town
In effect
Nashua Municipal Code, Article VIII, Section 105-28
Nashua, NH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
The City of Nashua provides a reduction in building permit fees for projects that earn LEED certification. LEED-certified projects receive a 5% reduction in fees; LEED Silver-certified projects earn a 10%; reduction; LEED Gold-certified projects receive a 15% reduction; and LEED Platinum-certified projects receive a 20% reduction.
City/Town
In effect
Derry Clean Energy and Environmental Initiative, Derry Municipal Code, Article VI, Section 5.34
Derry, NH
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Town of Derry enacted a policy requiring all new construction, and all major renovations to projects funded in full or in part by the Town to meet basic LEED certification standards. Upgrades and repairs will additionally be consistent with LEED certification standards. The policy also stipulates that the Town shall strive to meet higher LEED certification standards when feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Robbinsville Municipal Code, Article IV, Chapter 142-23
Robbinsville, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, Robbinsville Township adopted Chapter 142-23, establishing performance and design standards that encourage buildings within the Highway Commercial Zone to earn LEED certification, if feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Montville Township Municipal Code, Chapter 230, Article XVIII, Section 230-96
Montville Township, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, Montville Township adopted a policy encouraging construction in the Route 202 Corridor West Zoning District to follow LEED guidelines to the greatest extent feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Park Ridge Municipal Code, Article XIIIC, Ordinance 2010-017
Park Ridge, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Borough of Park Ridge adopted Ordinance 2010-017, requiring all developments and redevelopments in the Neighborhood Business Zone to be compatible with the principles of LEED for Neighborhood Development. Projects are encouraged to incorporate a number of sustainability features into buildings and sites, including LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Millburn Sustainable Building and Design Standards, Millburn Municipal Code, Article 5, Ordinance 2359-10
Millburn, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Township of Millburn adopted Ordinance 2359-10, stating that Township-funded capital improvement projects shall earn a LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also states that the township shall shall incorporate life-cycle and total cost accounting in the design, construction, and maintenance of all Township-owned and -financed buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Howell Municipal Code, Article XXV, Ordinance O-10-12
Howell, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, Howell Township adopted Ordinance O-10-12, which encourages developers to submit a LEED scorecard as part of the development application.
City/Town
In effect
Fair Lawn Municipal Code, Section 125-47.1, Ordinance 2177-2010
Fair Lawn, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Borough of Fair Lawn adopted Ordinance 2177-2010, requiring all commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential buildings to incorporate green building practices into new construction. Practices should be followed even if a building is not seeking to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Woodbury Municipal Code, Chapter 202, Article XIV, Section 202-81.6, Ordinance 2110-09
Woodbury, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Woodbury adopted Ordinance 2110-09, encouraging new construction projects to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Wayne Township Municipal Code, Article III, Section 134-49, Ordinance 52-2009
Wayne Township, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Wayne Township Council adopted Ordinance 52-2009, which encourages new developments in the Wayne Transit Zone to pursue LEED certification. All projects within the Transit Zone Planning Area are required to submit an application to USGBC to build the project under LEED standards. If approved, the project is required to comply with LEED standards.
City/Town
Elapsed
Millville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Article XIX, Section 30-231, Ordinance 21-2009
Millville, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Millville adopted Ordinance 21-2009, granting new mixed-use, riverfront projects eligibility to earn a density bonus if (among other items) they incorporate green building techniques into a project's design and construction, and aim to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
Elapsed
Ordinance 11-2009
Madison, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Borough of Madison adopted Ordinance 11-2009, granting a 10% density bonus to projects located along Cook Avenue and Ridgedale Avenue that achieve at least LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Jersey City Green Building Incentives, Ordinance 09-002
Jersey City, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Jersey City Council adopted Ordinance 09-002, granting commercial construction and renovations a partial refund of building permit and land development application fees. Projects pursuing LEED Platinum certification may receive a 25% fee refund. Projects pursuing LEED, LEED Silver, or LEED Gold certifications will receive a 10%, 15%, or 20% fee refund, respectively. Buildings earning LEED certification are also eligible for expedited permit review.
City/Town
In effect
Jersey City Green Building Initiative for Municipal Projects, Ordinance 09-001
Jersey City, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Jersey City Council adopted Ordinance 09-001, requiring all new public construction and renovations to earn a LEED Silver certification and ENERGY STAR building label. Projects in which certification is deemed cost prohibitive, defined as exceeding 20% of the original construction costs, are required to only earn LEED certification. Historic buildings are exempt from the LEED requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Millville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Article XVIII, Section 30-208, Ordinance 29-2008
Millville, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Millville adopted Ordinance 29-2008, encouraging hotel developers to incorporate green building techniques into building design and construction and to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Woolwich Municipal Code, Chapter 203, Part 2, Article XXII, Section 203-158
Woolwich Township, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Woolwich Township Committee adopted a policy encouraging new construction and major renovation projects to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Maple Shade Municipal Code, Article VIII, Section 205-33, Ordinance 2008-02
Maple Shade, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Township of Maple Shade adopted Ordinance 2008-02, encouraging new construction in business development districts to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Stafford Municipal Code, Chapter 130-63
Stafford, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Stafford Township adopted Chapter 130-63, requiring all major site plan and major subdivision applications to employ sustainable development methods, materials and practices in buildings design and construction. All proposed projects as part of any major site plan or major subdivision application shall achieve LEED certification. The policy was repealed in 2015 by Ordinance 2015-08.
City/Town
In effect
Kearny Municipal Code, Chapter 27, Green Building Design, Ordinance 54
Kearny, NJ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Kearny Town Council adopted Ordinance 54, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification at minimum. The ordinance also offers density bonuses to private redevelopment projects that earn LEED certification. Projects that earn LEED certification are eligible for an additional 0.15 floor area ratio (FAR) or 0.5 additional dwelling units per acre; or 3 additional dwelling units per acre for LEED Platinum; LEED Gold-certified projects are eligible for an additional 0.25 FAR or 2 additional dwelling units per acre; LEED Silver-certified projects are eligible for an additional 0.2 FAR or 1 additional dwelling unit per acre.
City/Town
In effect
Stratford Municipal Code, Title 16, Section 16.40.140, Ordinance 2007:13
Stratford, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Borough of Stratford adopted Ordinance 2007:13, encouraging developers to adhere to LEED green building principles and to earn the highest level of LEED certification feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Hillsborough Township Code, Article V, Chapter 188, Section 188-3, Ordinance 2007-25
Hillsborough, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Hillsborough Township adopted Ordinance 2007-25, requiring all new development located within the town center district to earn LEED certification. The policy also stipulates that a LEED AP must be a principal member of the project's design team, and that a LEED scorecard must be submitted as part of the project plan. Additions less than 50% of existing gross floor area are exempt from the certification requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Hardyston Municipal Code, Chapter 185, Article XXVI, Section 185-124
Hardyston, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Township of Hardyston adopted a policy encouraging the use of green building practices and LEED in the village center district.
City/Town
In effect
Cranford Township Code, Chapter 106, Ordinance 2005-46
Cranford, NJ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Township of Cranford adopted Ordinance 2005-46, requiring all new public projects and major renovations earn LEED Silver certification at minimum. The ordinance also adopts LEED for Existing Buildings for its existing buildings. Additionally, to incentivize certification in the private sector, the policy allows developers to request density or height bonuses if a project earns LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Princeton Community Master Plan
Princeton, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Princeton Borough and Township amended the Princeton Community Master Plan to encourage the use of LEED in the design, construction, and operation of all public facilities and publicly-funded projects.
City/Town
Amended
Taos Building Code, Ordinance 09-03
Taos, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Taos Town Council adopted Ordinance 09-03, requiring all new commercial buildings over 6,000 square feet to earn LEED certification and achieve at least three credits in the water conservation category. The ordinance was amended in 2010, requiring that all new commercial buildings earn LEED certification. Renovations that increase the building's size by at least 50% are subject to these requirements.
City/Town
In effect
2007 Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code
Albuquerque, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Albuquerque enacted the 2007 Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code Volumes I and II, requiring commercial and multifamily residential buildings to be 30% more efficient than a baseline building per ASHRAE 90.1 1999 and requiring one- and two-family dwellings to meet ICC 2006 and several other energy efficiency requirements. The code does not apply to LEED-certified commercial and multi-family residential buildings that earn a minimum of 4 credits in EAc1 "Optimize Energy Performance," or one- and two-family dwellings that provide proof of LEED for Homes Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Albuquerque Municipal Code, Chapter 3, Article 9, Resolution R-05-258
Albuquerque, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Mayor of Albuquerque enacted Resolution R-05-258, requiring all city-owned and city-funded projects 5,000 square feet and above and/or using over 50 KW electrical demand to earn LEED Silver certification. This includes existing buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Albuquerque Green Path Program
Albuquerque, NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Albuquerque's adopted the Green Path Program, which provides incentives for commercial and residential buildings that earn LEED certification. Commercial buildings are required to exceed minimum code requirements and achieve either LEED Silver or LEED Gold with specific credit requirements. Residential buildings must exceed minimum code requirements and achieve both LEED Homes Silver and Build Green New Mexico Silver. Incentives include expedited permitting and integrated and preliminary plan review.
City/Town
In effect
Residential Design Incentive System, North Las Vegas Municipal Code, Chapter 17, Section 17.24.090
North Las Vegas, NV
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of North Las Vegas adopted a policy granting projects that earn LEED for Homes certification for 75% of the buildings within a development 1.25 density points towards the minimum required points total. Projects that earn each additional level of LEED (Silver, Gold, or Platinum) are granted an additional 0.25 points per level. Developers must achieve density points in three categories: building and site design, site amenities, and mixed-income development.
City/Town
In effect
North Las Vegas Municipal Code, Title 17, Chapter 24
North Las Vegas, NV
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of North Las Vegas enacted a policy requiring buildings to comply with LEED for Homes, or a city-approved alternative certification or standard. Buildings with a cool or green roof are additionally eligible for a floor-area bonus of 1.5 times the allowable gross floor area of the roof or an increase in height of one story over the maximum allowable height. If the roof is open to the public, the density/height bonus may be doubled. Moreover, projects that restore a natural area are granted double open space for the restored area.
City/Town
In effect
Reno Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Article III, Ordinance 6171
Reno, NV
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of Reno adopted Ordinance 6171, encouraging projects to meet LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
Affordable Housing Density Bonus, Henderson Municipal Code, Title 19, Chapter 19.10
Henderson, NV
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Henderson established an affordable housing density bonus. Earning LEED certification may quality a project for a density bonus.
City/Town
Amended
Las Vegas Green Building Program
Las Vegas, NV
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Las Vegas enacted the Green Building Resolution in 2006, requiring newly constructed or renovated buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2009, the city updated its Green Building Program, adding incentives for new construction and retrofits of residential and commercial buildings. New residential construction projects pursuing LEED for Homes or a city-approved alternative certification are eligible for promotional materials, $1,000 towards expedited plan checks, a $500 fee reduction, a $500 new green building construction incentive per home, and a $1,000 refund if the project earned LEED certifications. New commercial buildings pursuing LEED, LEED for Core and Shell, LEED for Commercial Interiors, or LEED for Neighborhood Development certifications are eligible for promotional materials, $1,000 towards expedited plan checks, a $5,000 fee reduction, a $500 new green building construction incentive and up to a $10,000 LEED refund (25% for LEED certified, 50% for LEED Silver certification and 100% for LEED Gold/Platinum certification).
City/Town
Amended
Las Vegas Green Building Fund, Resolution 22-2008
Las Vegas, NV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Las Vegas adopted Resolution 22-2008, establishing a Green Building Fund that dedicates 25% of any incremental increase in the aggregate amount of franchise fees collected from utilities providers to fund the City's efforts to build all public buildings to LEED Silver standards. In 2012, the resolution was amended to set up additional funding sources, including grants, refunds, rebates, donations, energy savings and proceeds from recycled materials.
City/Town
In effect
Carson City Municipal Code, Title 18, Division 6, Downtown Mixed-use District
Carson City, NV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Carson City enacted an ordinance requiring all residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings to meet LEED certification criteria. A LEED scorecard must be submitted as a part of the design review process.
City/Town
In effect
Local Law 2016/032, New York City Charter, Chapter 9, Section 224.1
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2016, New York City enacted Local Law 2016/032, requiring new capital projects (projects paid in part or in whole by the city's treasury) with an estimated construction cost of $2 million, additions to existing buildings, or substantial renovations to be designed and constructed to comply with green building standards at least as stringent as LEED Gold. Certain building types will only be required to earn LEED certification. If the mayor elects to use an alternative green building standard, the mayor must demonstrate that the alternative is as stringent as LEED Gold.
City/Town
In effect
Ossining Municipal Code, Article IV, Local Law 5-2012
Ossining, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Village of Ossining enacted Local Law 5-2012, giving developers the opportunity to apply for a 10% density bonus if a project earns LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Brookhaven Municipal Code, Chapter 85, Article XLI, Section 85-499
Brookhaven, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Brookhaven adopted a policy offering a partial building permit fee refund contingent on the level of LEED certification earned. The city also offers a 45% refund for LEED-certified buildings, a 50% refund for LEED Silver-certified buildings, a 55% refund for LEED Gold-certified buildings, and a 60% refund for Platinum-certified buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Southampton Municipal Code, Article III, Section 43-14, Local Law 2-2010
Southampton, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Village of Southampton adopted Local Law 2-2010, which offers a refund of 0.25% of a commercial or residential project's total construction cost if earns LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
New York City Local Law 87
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, New York City enacted Local Law 87, requiring buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to complete energy auditing and retro-commissioning. Buildings certified under LEED for Existing Buildings are exempt from the requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Tuckahoe Municipal Code, Part II, Appendix A, Article IV, Section 4-8.5
Tuckahoe Village, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Village of Tuckahoe enacted a policy that provides commercial construction projects designed to LEED standards eligibility for a density bonus up to 2.0 additional floor area ratio, or a height bonus up to 10 additional feet (depending on the project).
City/Town
In effect
Greenburgh Green Building Initiative and Energy Conservation Construction Standard
Greenburgh, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Greenburgh adopted the Green Building Initiative and Energy Conservation Construction Standard, which adopts the principles of LEED v2.2 and applies them to all new commercial, office, industrial, and multi-family residential construction. Projects are required to strive to earn LEED certification, or a town-approved alternative standard. To incentivize projects to comply, developers must pay a fee of $0.03 per square foot of construction, not exceeding $15,000 total. Fees will be reimbursed if a building earns LEED certification, or an equivalent standard.
City/Town
In effect
Queensbury Local Law 3-2009
Queensbury, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Queensbury adopted Local Law 3-2009, granting a density bonus for planned unit developments. For the inclusion of one LEED-certified dwelling, one additional dwelling may be added as a density bonus provided that the additional unit is LEED-certified.
City/Town
Repealed
New Rochelle Municipal Code, Chapter 331, Article XX, Section 331-154, Ordinance 237-2008
New Rochelle, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of New Rochelle adopted Ordinance 237-2008, granting a density bonus for projects in floating overlay zones that commit to earning LEED Silver certification. LEED Silver-certified projects may receive a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 2.0. LEED-certified projects located in the DMU zoning district can achieve a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 1.25. A LEED-certified project located in the DMUR zoning district can achieve a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 3.0. LEED Gold- or Platinum-certified projects may receive a greater density bonus in the three zoning districts.
City/Town
In effect
Green Building Standards for Town-Owned Buildings, Local Law 32-2008
Riverhead, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Town of Riverhead adopted Local Law 32-2008, requiring all town-owned buildings and facilities to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Huntington Green Commercial Building Standards, Chapter 197
Huntington, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Town of Huntington adopted the Green Commercial Building Standards, which offer a partial application fee rebate to covered commercial buildings that earn LEED certification. Projects must pay a $1 per square foot fee with a cap at $200,000. If the building achieves LEED certification and is approved by the Green Building Compliance Officials, a refund of $.90 per square foot will be issued.
City/Town
In effect
Brewster Village Code, Chapter 182
Brewster Village, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Brewster Village City Council adopted a policy requiring non-residential buildings to minimize adverse impacts on the surrounding area, to comply with state and city ordinances pertaining to storm water, to control erosion and sedimentation, and to incorporate LEED standards to the maximum extent possible in order to be approved by the Planning Board. As of July 2020, the requirement is now located in Chapter 182, Article I, Section 182-1 j.
City/Town
In effect
Peekskill Local Law 5-2008
Peekskill, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Peekskill adopted Local Law 5-2008, creating standards for hotels and motels pursuing LEED certification in certain districts. New hotel and motel construction projects pursuing LEED certification must adhere to the specified requirements such as providing at least 50 rooms, a maximum floor area ratio of 1.2, and submit proof of LEED registration, a LEED project checklist and a completed LEED certification application.
City/Town
In effect
Altamont Municipal Code, Chapter 355, Article IV, Section 355-21
Altamont, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Village of Altamont adopted a policy offering up to a 20% density bonus to developers that use sustainable building methods for new construction by building, citing, and constructing a building according to LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
East Aurora Green Building Standards, East Aurora Municipal Code, Chapter 108, Section 12
East Aurora, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Village of East Aurora adopted the East Aurora Green Building Standards, which require all city-owned buildings to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Syracuse Green Buildings Ordinance, Syracuse Code of Ordinances, Chapter 52
Syracuse, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the City of Syracuse adopted Green Building Standards for Municipal Buildings, requiring the construction and major renovations of municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification, or an alternative appropriate standard approved by the City Engineer.
City/Town
In effect
Malta Local Law 10-2007
Malta, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Malta adopted Local Law 10-2007, requiring all projects applying for the establishment of a Planned Development District to contain a review of possible construction design and management in compliance with LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Southampton Local Law 34-2007
Southampton, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Village of Southampton adopted Local Law 34-2007, providing an increase in max floor area up to 25% for buildings in the Airport Commercial/Industrial Planned Development District that earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Brookhaven Municipal Code, Chapter 85, Article XXI, Section 85-229
Brookhaven, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Brookhaven City Council adopted a policy offering an increase in floor area ratio to large commercial retailers that earn LEED certification. Projects that earn LEED certification may be granted a 17% floor area ratio increase, projects that earn LEED Silver certification may be granted an 18% floor area ratio increase, projects that earn LEED Gold certification may be granted a 19% floor area ratio increase, and projects that earn LEED Platinum certification may be granted a 20% floor area ratio increase.
City/Town
In effect
Lloyd Municipal Code, Chapter 100, Section L-12
Lloyd, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Lloyd adopted a policy encouraging all new building construction projects to use materials and systems that meet LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
Babylon Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 89, Article VIII, Section 89-86
Babylon, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Town of Babylon adopted a resolution requiring all applicants for a building permit for any new construction of commercial, office, industrial, multi-family residential, or senior citizen resident buildings over 4,000 square feet to submit a LEED checklist and pay a fee of $0.03 per square foot of the project (not to exceed $15,000) to the Town of Babylon's Green Building Fund. An applicant who earns LEED certification shall have the fees refunded.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 27-R
Syracuse, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Mayor of Syracuse issued a proclamation directing the City to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability relevant to the scope of new construction or major renovation through LEED certification, unless this cannot be accomplished on a cost effective basis. The proclamation encourages all facilities and buildings to achieve higher LEED rating levels, if feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Blooming Grove Municipal Code, Chapter 235, Article VA, Section 235-14.1
Blooming Grove, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the City of Blooming Grove adopted a policy offering projects the opportunity to increase base lot count by up to 10% if LEED certification or a city-approved alternative standard is earned.
City/Town
In effect
New York City Local Law 86
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, New York City enacted Local Law 86, requiring all municipal construction, additions, or major renovations valued over $2 million to earn LEED Silver certification. Non-residential, capital projects costing over $2 million and funded at least 50% or $10 million by the city must earn LEED Silver certification. Municipal buildings that cost over $12 million shall be designed and constructed to reduce energy cost by a minimum of 20%, as determined by the methodology prescribed in LEED Energy & Atmosphere credit 1 or the New York State Energy Conservation Code, whichever is more stringent.
City/Town
In effect
Battery Park City Authority Residential Environmental Guidelines
Battery Park, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2005, the Battery Park City Authority enacted a policy requiring developers earn LEED Gold certification, as well as employ a LEED AP as the Green Team Leader for the project. The policy also stipulates that a developer or building owner must earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification every five years. Additionally, all community space must earn LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors.
City/Town
Elapsed
Battery Park City Commercial/Institutional Environmental Guidelines
Battery Park, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2002, the Battery Park City Authority published the Commercial/Institutional Environmental Guidelines, which required commercial buildings to earn a certification based off LEED Gold. In 2020, the third-party certification requirement elapsed.
City/Town
In effect
Warwick Municipal Code, Chapter 164, Article IV, Section 164-41.1
Warwick, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the City of Warwick enacted a policy providing a density bonus for residential cluster developments that earn LEED for Homes certification, or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Pleasant Valley Municipal Code, Chapter 98, Article IV, Section 98-31, 47
Pleasant Valley, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Pleasant Valley adopted a policy encouraging new residential and commercial projects in the Hamlet District to comply with LEED or other nationally-recognized certifications.
City/Town
Repealed
Rhinebeck Municipal Code, Chapter 125, Article V, Section 125-61
Rhinebeck, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Rhinebeck adopted a policy encouraging the use of LEED or an equivalent standard for commercial, office, and multi-family residential buildings larger than 4,000 square feet. Building permit applicants were required to complete a LEED or LEED for Homes checklist. The policy also stipulated that within one year of adoption, all municipal buildings were required to earn LEED certification, and within three years LEED Silver certifications. All covered residential or non-residential projects are required to earn LEED certification within three years. The policy was repealed in 2016 by Local Law 1-2016.
City/Town
In effect
Cincinnati Residential Tax Abatement, Ordinance 502-2012
Cincinnati, Ohio
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Cincinnati City Council adopted a policy providing new and retrofitted residential buildings in Community Reinvestment Areas eligibility for a 100% real property tax exemption for a period of 10-15 years (10 years for renovations & 15 years for new construction). Buildings that earn LEED, LEED Silver, or LEED Gold certifications may receive a real property tax abatement of up to $562,000, depending on the level of certification earned. LEED Platinum-certified buildings are eligible to receive a no-limit max abatement. Property tax abatement is available for any increased valuation that results from improvements to the property for new construction and renovation.
City/Town
In effect
Cleveland Residential Property Tax Abatement for Green Buildings
Cleveland, Ohio
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Cleveland began providing a 100% tax abatement for homeowners and developers that build residential properties to the Cleveland Green Building Standard. Abatement is available for 10-15 years, depending on the type of project. The city also accepts LEED Silver as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
Elapsed
Hamilton Green Building Development Incentives
Hamilton, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Hamilton began offering Green Building Development Incentives, granting projects pursuing LEED certification a reimbursement of GBCI project registration fees. Projects seeking LEED Silver, Gold, and Platinum certifications may receive expedited permitting, a 50% reduction in the parking requirement, and have the Architectural Design Standards waived. LEED Silver-, Gold-, and Platinum-certified projects may also receive a 20%, 25% or 30% reimbursement for the building permit fee, respectively. The program has since elapsed.
City/Town
In effect
New Albany Municipal Code, Chapter 1322, Ordinance O-34-2008
New Albany, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the New Albany Village Council adopted Ordinance O-34-2008, creating a green building incentive program for new commercial buildings. Projects that achieve the minimum New Albany Village green building standard will receive a 20% reduction in commercial building permit application fees. Buildings undergoing minor renovations that achieve the minimum New Albany Village green building standard will receive a 20% reduction in application fees for minor renovations. Buildings undergoing major renovations that achieve the minimum New Albany Village green building standard will receive a 20% reduction in commercial building permit application fees. Projects that earn LEED certification will receive an additional fee reduction incentive on a sliding scale: 1% for earning LEED certification, 2% for earning LEED Silver certification, 3% for earning LEED Gold certification, and 5% for earning LEED Platinum certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 446-2007
Cincinnati, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Cincinnati City Council adopted Ordinance 446-2007, providing an automatic 100% real property tax exemption of the assessed property value for newly-constructed or rehabilitated commercial or residential properties that earn LEED certifications. Buildings that earn LEED, LEED Silver, or LEED Gold certifications can receive a real property tax abatement up to $500,000. LEED Platinum-certified buildings do not have a limit. The property tax exemption period is 15 years for new residential, commercial, or industrial buildings; 12 years for renovated commercial and industrial buildings and renovated residential buildings with 4 or more units; and 10 years for renovated residential buildings with 1-3 units. The ordinance was repealed by Ordinance 502-2012.
City/Town
In effect
Green Municipal Code, Chapter 1474, Ordinance 2007-17
Green, OH
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the City of Green adopted Ordinance 2007-17, requiring all city-owned buildings over 5,000 square feet to meet the equivalent of LEED Silver certification. The policy stipulates that if compliance with LEED would defeat the intent or create an unreasonable economic burden on the City or project, an exemption may be granted. In such circumstances, LEED registration and certification is encouraged, but not required.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 274-2006
Cincinnati, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Cincinnati City Council adopted Ordinance 274-2006, providing an automatic tax exemption and 100% exemption of the assessed property value for new or retrofitted commercial or residential buildings that incorporate LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 7746-03
Lakewood, OH
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the Lakewood City Council adopted Resolution 7746-03, requiring the construction and operation of city facilities and city-funded projects to incorporate LEED guidelines into construction to the greatest extent practicable. The resolution also encourages private sector projects to seek LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Cleveland Sustainable Municipal Building Policy
Cleveland, Ohio
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, the City of Cleveland enacted a Sustainable Municipal Building Policy, which requires all occupied City-owned new construction and major renovations larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. All City-owned new construction under 10,000 square feet shall strive to achieve LEED Silver certification. Projects in which the pursuit of LEED Silver is deemed cost prohibitive - defined as greater than 5% cost premium - are encouraged to include as many sustainable building practices as possible in design and construction, and strive to achieve basic LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Oklahoma Municipal Code, Chapter 59, Article XIII, Section 15-135000
Oklahoma City, OK
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Oklahoma City Council updated their codified ordinances, encouraging construction projects located in the Scenic River Overlay Design District to use sustainable building materials, including materials that meet LEED standards.
City/Town
Amended
Portland Green Building Policy
Portland, OR
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2001, the City of Portland 2015, the Portland Development enacted Resolution 35956, creating the City's first Green Building Policy, which required all new City buildings to earn LEED certification. In 2015, the City updated the Green Building Policy to require commercial or mixed-use buildings over 50,000 square feet that receive PDC funding to earn LEED Gold certification. Commercial or mixed-use buildings less than 50,000 square feet must achieve either LEED Gold certification or a city-approved alternative standard. Commercial/mixed-use buildings over 5,000 square feet undergoing major renovations are required to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution requires that all new occupied city-owned structures earn LEED Gold certification and meet other qualifications relating to energy and water use, landscaping, eco-rooves, parking, and waste. LEED certification and other qualifications are also required for existing city-owned buildings and tenant improvements in city-leased spaces. The city also provides incentives, training, financing, and technical assistance.
City/Town
In effect
Sherwood Municipal Code, Title 16, Division V, Ordinance 2011-011
Sherwood, OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of Sherwood adopted Ordinance 2011-011, allowing commercial development projects to earn three of the minimum five miscellaneous points required for development review by pursuing LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Central Point Municipal Code, Chapter 17.67
Central Point, OR
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Central Point enacted a city charter that strongly encourages sustainable design practices and standards, recommending that industry accepted standards, such as LEED.
City/Town
Repealed
AP 99 1.03 Energy Conservation
Corvallis, OR
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Corvallis released a energy conservation policy, which includes a requirement that all new city buildings meet LEED Silver standards. The policy also required existing city-owned buildings and facilities to be operated and maintained under LEED Silver for Existing Buildings. This policy has since been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Eugene Sustainable Municipal Building Policy, Resolution 4884
Eugene, OR
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Eugene City Council adopted Resolution 4884, creating the Sustainable Municipal Building Policy, which requires all new municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution encourages projects to earn LEED Gold or LEED Platinum, where practical and when funding is available. The resolution also requires that all new municipal buildings under 10,000 square feet follow LEED guidelines and that all existing municipal buildings be maintained and operated in accordance with LEED for Existing Buildings. New construction less than 10,000 square feet should achieve the equivalent of at least a LEED Silver certification level where technically feasible. Projects of any size for which certification is not feasible due to technical reasons should incorporate as many sustainable features as economically feasible, using LEED as a guide. The policy further stipulates that major renovation projects should use LEED as a guide and will be evaluated for certification on a case-by-case basis.
City/Town
Repealed
Lower Moreland Municipal Code, Chapter 208-166, Ordinance 628-166
Lower Moreland, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Township of Lower Moreland adopted Ordinance 628, stating that site layout and dimensional regulations 1,000 square feet of building floor area that achieves LEED certification or an equivalent environmental certification, an additional 300 square feet of building coverage shall be allowed above the maximum. Where the applicant proposes to qualify for the building coverage bonus using a green building rating system other than LEED, the applicant shall demonstrate that the applicant's green building ranking is commensurate with the certification or higher level awarded under LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Allegheny Township Municipal Code, Article XIIIB, Section 250-107.37
Allegheny, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Township of Allegheny adopted the Town Center District Ordinance, granting new construction projects that install a green roof, in accordance with LEED guidelines, a lot cover increase up to 20% of the total green roof area. Projects using porous asphalt or pavers may receive a lot coverage increase of up to 5% of the total surface area of both paved areas and building roofs.
City/Town
In effect
Philadelphia Municipal Code, 17-100, Chapter Bill 080025
Philadelphia, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Philadelphia City Council adopted Bill 080025, requiring all new and major renovations of municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Pittsburgh Sustainable Development Bonuses, Pittsburgh Municipal Code, Chapter 915.06E
Pittsburgh, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Pittsburgh City Council enacted a policy granting a density bonus of an additional 20% Floor Area Ratio and an additional variance of 20% of the permitted height for all projects that earn LEED for New Construction or LEED for Core and Shell certifications. The density bonus is available in all non-residential zoning districts.
City/Town
Amended
Lower Makefield Municipal Code, Chapter 88, Ordinance 380
Lower Makefield, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2009, the Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 380, requiring all new Town buildings to follow LEED standards. The Town may pursue official LEED certification for its projects; however, if the project does not pursue official certification it must be verified by the green building administrator to comply with LEED Silver certification standards. The ordinance was amended to require compliance with LEED Gold certification standards.
City/Town
In effect
Sustainable Development for Publicly Financed Buildings, Pittsburgh Municipal Code, Article VI, Chapter 915, Ordinance 2008-0027
Pittsburgh, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Pittsburgh City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-0027, requiring all projects receiving Tax Increment Financing and all new construction on municipal owned property of 10,000 gross square feet or greater or if the total project costs exceeds two million dollars, and renovations of municipal owned property where the total project costs exceeds two million dollars to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
West Hanover Municipal Code, Chapter 195, Article XVIII, Section 195-103, Ordinance 2009-02
West Hanover, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the West Hanover Township enacted Ordinance 2009-02, requiring retail stores over 75,000 square feet constructed in the CH District to achieve LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
College Township Municipal Code, Article VI, Section 200-27.2, Ordinance O-09-01
College Township, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, College Township adopted Ordinance O-09-01, granting medical facilities pursuing LEED certification a reduction in the town's open space requirement. The requirement to devote a minimum of 50% of the project gross area to open space will be reduced by the square footage of the LEED-certified building.
City/Town
In effect
Westtown Municipal Code, Article XX, Section 70-2009, Ordinance 2008-1
Westtown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Westtown Township adopted Ordinance 2008-1, giving strong consideration to construction site plan applicants that incorporate design principals consistent with LEED.
City/Town
Amended
Willistown Municipal Code, Chapter 139, Article XXXI, Sections 139-183 and 139-188, Ordinance 8-2007
Willistown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Willistown Township adopted Ordinance 8-2007, granting projects located in the Transportation District pursuing LEED Silver certification a floor area ratio bonus not to exceed 0.2 times the maximum gross tract area. The ordinance was amended to increase the gross tract area from 0.2 times to 0.6 times.
City/Town
In effect
Tredyffrin Municipal Code, Article XVIII, Section 208-71, Ordinance HR 360
Tredyffrin, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Township of Tredyffrin adopted Ordinance HR-360, granting new construction projects in the Town Center District a zoning bonus if they achieve LEED Silver certification. Participating residential and mixed-use developments may decrease the maximum lot area per dwelling unit by 1,800 square feet, increase the gross floor area of the building footprint up to 25,000 square feet, or receive a height bonus up to 14 additional square feet.
City/Town
In effect
Doylestown Green Points Program
Doylestown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Doylestown Borough Council adopted Resolution 2007-10, providing a 60% reduction in applicable building permit fees for new commercial and residential construction, additions, and interior remodels earning a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Non-LEED certified projects may earn fee reductions by demonstrating compliance with green building practices.
City/Town
Elapsed
West Chester Municipal Code, Chapter 112, Article VII, Section 112-33.1
West Chester, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Borough of West Chester required Town Center District developments within the HO-60 Overlay District to meet ENERGY STAR standards. LEED-certified buildings are exempt from this requirement.
City/Town
Elapsed
Columbia Green Building Incentive Program
Columbia, SC
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Columbia established the Green Building Incentive Program, using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program requires commercial projects to earn LEED certification, and single-family residential projects to earn LEED for Homes certification, or a state-approved alternative national standard. LEED-certified buildings are eligible for expedited plan review, expedited permitting, and recognition by the City on the City's website and various media outlets. Financial incentives were also awarded on a sliding scale to projects based on the level of LEED certification earned. Government projects or projects required by law to meet green building standards are not eligible.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2008-05
Charleston, SC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Charleston adopted Resolution 2008-05, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance BL2009-586
Nashville, TN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Metro Government of Nashville adopted Ordinance BL2009-586, granting height bonuses to buildings that earn LEED Silver certification, and for neighborhoods that earn LEED Silver for Neighborhood Development. The bonus depends on sub-district and building type.
City/Town
In effect
Engineering and Water Quality Sustainable Sites Program
Chattanooga, TN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Chattanooga established the Engineering and Water Quality Program, which allows commercial and residential projects that earn LEED certification with at least 5 points under the Sustainable Sites category (including SS 6.1 and 6.2) to receive a fee credit up to 60%.
City/Town
In effect
Collierville Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 151.154, Ordinance 2008-17
Collierville, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Collierville passed Ordinance 2008-17, requiring planned development districts to pursue environmental design and construction methods, such as LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance BL2008-217
Nashville, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Nashville City Council approved Ordinance #BL2008-217, establishing a green permit for new residential and commercial buildings. In order to receive a green certificate of occupancy, commercial buildings must earn LEED certification, specifically requiring WEc3.1 (20% Water Use Reduction). Residential buildings are required to submit proof of LEED certification or a city-approved alternative. The ordinance was repealed in 2011.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2007-13
Germantown, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor of Germantown adopted Ordinance 2007-13, requiring all new municipal construction to earn LEED certification. The policy applies to municipal buildings with at least 60% of occupied space. The policy additionally provides a density bonus of one additional story for private construction in Smart Growth Zones T4, T5 and T6 with proof of LEED certification. The policy has since been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Nashville Municipal Code, Title 16, Ordinance BL2007-1374
Nashville, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Nashville enacted Substitute Ordinance #BL2007-1374, requiring all public and publicly-funded buildings 5,000 square feet or greater (or exceeding $2 million in project costs) earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also applies to renovations of equal size or cost, but does not apply to buildings that are mostly unoccupied or provide specialized functions. All city-funded construction projects are required to complete a LEED scorecard and are strongly encouraged to maximize use of sustainable design principles.
City/Town
In effect
Houston LEED tax abatement, Houston Municipal Code, Section 44-131, Ordinance 2014-245
Houston, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the Houston City Council adopted Ordinance 2014-245, incentivizing new or retrofitted commercial buildings to earn LEED certification by offering a partial tax abatement for the incremental investment associated with obtaining certification. The minimum investment required for eligibility is at least $1 million for LEED Platinum certification and at least $10 million for LEED certification. The agreement is effective for up to 10 years.
City/Town
Amended
League City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 125, Article IV, Section 125-90 f., Ordinance 2009-34
League City, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, League City adopted Ordinance 2009-34, permitting flat roofs on limited service hotels and residence hotels projects are LEED certified or have substantive rooftop amenities such as gardens and restaurants. The ordinance was amended by Ordinance 2019-17, eliminating the LEED certification requirement after December 31, 2022.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 16911
El Paso, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the El Paso City Council enacted Ordinance 16911, requiring all new city buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to meet the LEED Silver certification level, and to strive for a higher certification level whenever resources and conditions permit. The policy also encourages major renovations to incorporate LEED principles where feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Dallas Green Ordinance, Ordinance 27131
Dallas, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Dallas passed a Green Building Ordinance, requiring all new buildings to meet higher efficiency standards than current building energy codes. New residential buildings (one or two family homes) must meet minimum energy consumption required by the Dallas Energy Conservation Code. In Phase 2, all new buildings must comply with the Dallas Green Construction Code and be certifiable under the LEED for Homes standard. Commercial buildings that have less than 50,000 square feet of flooring must meet minimum energy consumption required by the Dallas Energy Conservation Code. Buildings larger than 50,000 square feet must submit a LEED scorecard demonstrating that they have incorporated a number of LEED credits.
City/Town
In effect
El Paso Green Building Grant Program
El Paso, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the El Paso City Council adopted the Green Building Grant Program, providing grants for commercial projects greater than 5,000 square feet and multi-family, multi-story residential projects that earn LEED certification. Grants are awarded only upon receipt of a certificate of occupancy and review of LEED certification wherein ten (10) of the seventeen (17) available points in Energy & Atmosphere credit category must be earned. Maximum grant allowance is $200,000 for LEED Platinum for new construction and $400,000 for LEED Platinum for "multistory existing buildings" that are mixed use and that have been 50% vacant for 5 years, or as further defined by the City. The policy was revised in 2012, lowering the minimum investment requirement for construction, renovation, or remodeling of a building project to $500,000, increasing the funding award level for multistory existing buildings, downtown buildings, and transit-oriented buildings that meet a minimum building square footage requirement of 8,600 square feet, and providing a 20% first installment of the anticipated grant award to approved applicants.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2007 R-04-19-0416
San Antonio, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the San Antonio City Council adopted a resolution requiring all new buildings funded and used by the City to adopt a green building policy based on the requirements for LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Plano LEED Certification Policy
Plano, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Plano adopted a policy requiring municipal projects to achieve the highest level of LEED certification possible.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2004-15
Houston, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Houston City Council adopted Resolution 2004-15, requiring that all city owned buildings and facilities larger than 10,000 square feet use LEED standards to the greatest extent practical and reasonable, with a target of earning LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Amended
Resolution 03-067
Dallas, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the Dallas City Council adopted Resolution 12-2428, requiring all new municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet be constructed to meet LEED Silver certification standards. The policy was amended in 2006 to increase the requirement for new city-funded public works and transportation facilities under the 2006 bond program to LEED Gold certification.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 2007 1129-045
Austin, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2000, the Austin City Council adopted Resolution 000608-43, requiring municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy was replaced in 2007 by Resolution 2007 1129-045, which requires that projects with construction costs over $2 million earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Salt Lake City Code, Title 18, Chapter 95, Ordinance 78
Salt Lake City, UT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Salt Lake City Council enacted Ordinance 78, requiring commercial, condominium, or apartment buildings funded through city grants, loans, or tax breaks to earn LEED certification.The ordinance also endorses the Mayor's executive order that municipal buildings achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Amended
Alexandria Green Building Policy
Alexandria, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Alexandria City Council created a Green Building Policy, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification and all new commercial buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also requires all new residential buildings to earn LEED certification, with the intention of increasing the standard over time. The policy was amended in 2019, increasing the commercial building requirement to LEED Gold certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2008-R152-2009-14
Richmond, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Richmond City Council adopted Resolution 2008-R152-2009-14, requiring all new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
City of Fredericksburg LEED Certification and City Building Construction Projects
Fredericksburg, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Fredericksburg adopted a policy requiring all new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings achieve LEED certification.
City/Town
Amended
Chesapeake Administrative Regulation 4.18
Chesapeake, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Chesapeake adopted Administrative Regulation 4.18, requiring all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. In 2012, the policy was amended to encourage, but not require LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Roanoke Municipal Code, Chapter 32, Division 9, Ordinance 37768
Roanoke, VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Roanoke adopted Ordinance 37768, creating a separate tax status and rate for certain energy-efficient buildings, including buildings that meet or exceed LEED performance standards.
City/Town
In effect
Herndon Municipal Code, Article XI, Section 78-113.2 Ordinance 09-O-11
Herndon, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Herndon adopted Ordinance 09-O-011, establishing open space requirements for new developments. Achieving LEED's green roof credit is a compliance option for satisfying the open space requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Charlottesville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Division 4, Special Tax Rate for Energy-Efficient Buildings
Charlottesville, VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
The City of Charlottesville offers a one-time reduced tax rate of 50% on buildings that meet or exceed the energy performance standards of LEED, or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Charlottesville Green Building Policy
Charlottesville, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Charlottesville City Council adopted a resolution promoting the use of green building practices. The resolution stipulates that LEED will be used to guide the design and construction process for all major City-owned buildings and renovation projects, but does not require certification with GBCI.
City/Town
Repealed
Burlington Zoning Code, Section 4.4.1
Burlington, VT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Burlington enacted a policy stipulating that developments built to a minimum of LEED Silver certification may be eligible for additional building height and corresponding floor area ratio. The incentive has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Wenatchee Municipal Code, Chapter 10.42
Wenatchee, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Wenatchee enacted Chapter 10.42, allowing planned affordable housing developments that follow LEED standards and that provide good indoor air quality, conserve energy and water, reduce waste generation, and use materials that are less detrimental to the environment eligibility for a 10% density bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Newcastle Municipal Code, Chapter 18.36
Newcastle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In the City of Newcastle, projects located within a community business center overlay zone that provide a public benefit are eligible for a density bonus. Projects that achieve LEED certification may increase FAR by 0.4, LEED Silver projects may increase FAR by 0.6, LEED Gold projects may increase FAR by 0.8, and LEED Platinum projects may increase FAR by 1.0. Developments determined by the director to meet LEED standards but not are formally certified may increase FAR by up to 50%.
City/Town
In effect
Tacoma Municipal Green Building Policy, Resolution 38249
Tacoma, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the Tacoma City Council enacted the Municipal Green Building Resolution #38249, requiring all new or renovated city facilities to earn LEED Silver certification and strive for LEED Gold. The resolution also requires all LEED-certified buildings to seek LEED Silver for Existing Buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Anacortes Municipal Code, Chapter 15.45, Ordinance 2814
Anacortes, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Anacortes adopted Ordinance 2814, granting LEED-certified multi-family housing developments in residential target areas eligibility for an eight-year property tax exemption.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 09-032
Spokane Valley, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Spokane Valley adopted Ordinance 09-032, granting affordable housing developments seeking LEED certification to increase their underlying base density by 10%.
City/Town
Elapsed
Bainbridge Housing Design Demonstration Project, Ordinance 2009-06
Bainbridge Island, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Bainbridge Island Mayor and City Council approved Ordinance 2009-06, requiring Housing Design Demonstration Projects to submit proof of registration with a green building rating system, including LEED, and to provide proof of certification. In 2012, the City Council extended the program's sunset date for two more years, to August 26, 2014.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2028
Bothell, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Bothell City Council adopted Ordinance 2028, which grants incentives to commercial projects that seek LEED certification or a city-approved alternative standard. The ordinance allows qualifying projects to reduce the number of on-site parking stalls as required in code, authorizes building officials to approve alternative materials, design and methods of construction to account for new green building techniques, and provides rebates to the permitting fees: 10% for LEED certification or equivalent and 50% for earning LEED Platinum certification or an equivalent. The Council also approved expedited permit review and a green building awards program for qualifying projects.
City/Town
In effect
Shaw-East Pioneer Overlay Zones, Ordinance 2937
Puyallup, WA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Puyallup enacted Ordinance 2937, encouraging new construction located in Shaw-East Pioneer overlay zones to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Redmond Green Building and Green Infrastructure Incentive Program, Ordinance 2447
Redmond, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Redmond City Council enacted Ordinance 2447, establishing the Green Building and Green Infrastructure Incentive Program. Residential projects incorporating green building strategies are allocated points for each sustainability feature included. The number of points awarded corresponds to available incentives, which include expedited permitting, city recognition, lot size reduction, and density bonuses. LEED-certified projects are eligible for the incentives.
City/Town
In effect
Auburn Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Section 49, Ordinance 6245
Auburn, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Auburn enacted Ordinance 6245, creating a points system gauging a project's compliance with the City's mixed-use development provisions. Projects are required to meet a minimum of 100 points through a combination of design and construction practices. Residential projects earn 15 points for earning LEED for Homes or Neighborhood Development certifications, and 5 additional points for each subsequent level of certification achieved (Silver, Gold, or Platinum). Mixed-use development projects earn 15 points if the residential portion of the project LEED for Homes or Neighborhood Development certifications, with 5, 10 or 15 additional points for LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications, respectively. The non-residential portion of the project also earns 15 points for earning LEED certification, with 5 points for each additional level of certification achieved.
City/Town
In effect
Seattle Priority Green Expedited Permitting Program
Seattle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2009, the City of Seattle created the Priority Green Expedited Permitting Program, which provides priority scheduling and expedited initial review and permitting to commercial and residential projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications. To qualify for the incentive, projects must also achieve Priority Green requirements for energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and indoor air quality including demonstrating at least 15% lower annual energy use than the 2015 maximum energy use allowed by the 2015 Seattle Energy Code.
City/Town
In effect
Seattle Municipal Code, Title 23, Chapter 23.49, Ordinance 122054
Seattle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Mayor of Seattle enacted Ordinance 122054, which grants a height or density bonus to commercial or residential projects that earn LEED Silver certification and contribute to affordable housing.
City/Town
Repealed
Sustainable Buildings and Sites Policy, Resolution 31326
Seattle, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2011, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution adopting a Sustainable Buildings and Sites Policy for municipal facilities, expanding the 2000 Sustainable Building Policy. The resolution requires all new construction, an addition or a major renovation of a City-occupied, City-owned building and impacting 5,000 or greater gross square feet to meet a minimum LEED Gold rating. In addition, all projects constituting a minor renovation or tenant improvement of a City-occupied, City-owned building, that both impacts 5,000 or greater gross square feet and involves substantial modification to all three of the major systems - mechanical, electrical, and plumbing - shall achieve a LEED Gold rating through the appropriate rating system. The resolution was repealed in 2018.
City/Town
In effect
City of Edmonds Sustainable Building Policy, Resolution 1168
Edmonds, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Edmonds City Council adopted Resolution 1168, requiring all new city-owned facilities larger than 5,000 square feet and major renovations to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Lynnwood Multi-unit Housing Property Tax Exemption, Ordinance 2681
Lynnwood, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the City of Lynnwood enacted Ordinance 2681, requiring multi-family residential projects in target areas (defined as areas designated by the city council to be lacking sufficient available, convenient, attractive, liveable, and desireable residential housing) seeking a tax exemption to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Everett Municipal Code, Chapter 16.3, Ordinance CB0705-27
Everett, WA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Everett City Council enacted Ordinance CB 0705-27, requiring new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also encourages appropriate departments to budget for and attend sustainable building training and/or obtain LEED accreditation, and additionally instructs the City to encourage LEED through land use regulations, building codes, and development standards.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2005-21
Bellingham, WA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Bellingham City Council adopted Resolution 2005-21, requiring all new municipal buildings and renovations over 5,000 square feet where the City provides a majority of the funding to earn LEED Silver certification. The City also provides a 0.5 Floor Area Ratio bonus for non-governmental projects that earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2004-11
Issaquah, WA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the City of Issaquah enacted Resolution 2004-11, requiring all new city facilities and buildings and major renovations over 5,000 square feet of occupied space and with project budgets of $250,000 to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution further encourages city projects to seek the highest level of LEED certification possible. To incentivize certification in the private sector, developers intending to use LEED may receive free professional consultation, and projects achieving LEED certification are granted expedited permit review.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 08-00109
Madison, WI
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Madison City Council adopted Resolution 08-00109, requiring all new municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also encourages private developers to follow LEED guidelines and to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Morgantown Green Building Leadership Initiative
Morgantown, WV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Morgantown passed a resolution requiring construction or major renovations of city-owned, -managed, or -operated facilities and buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED certification.