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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Repealed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 The ordinance was repealed in 2011 by Ordinance 2011-4(S-1).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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
County
Repealed
Alameda County Green Building Program, Alameda County Code, Section 460, Chapter 15.08, Ordinance 2009-16
Alameda County, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Board of Supervisors of Alameda County adopted Ordinance 2009-16, establishing sustainable construction criteria for qualified projects in unincorporated areas of Alameda County. Covered projects include new or renovated residential projects 1,000 square feet or larger and commercial projects 3,000 square feet or larger. Qualified projects also must earn a specified number of LEED for Homes points or meet certain LEED minimum ratings. Expedited permitting is available for qualifying projects. This policy was repealed in 2010 by Ordinance 2010-65.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
State
In effect
Jobs and Economic Improvement Through
Environmental Leadership Act of 2011, Chapter 354
CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the Governor of California enacted AB 354, authorizing the Governor to designate a project that is certified LEED Silver or higher, that has a 10% greater standard for transportation efficiency than for comparable projects and is located on an infill site as a leadership project for streamlining through the Environmental Impact Report pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
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.
County
In effect
Resolution 2008-44
San Miguel County, CO
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2008-44, establishing a new Prescriptive Energy Code and Green Building Standard which outlines energy and environmental standards to be met for new residential and commercial buildings and major renovations. LEED Silver-certified buildings that also receive a HERS rating equivalent to that required in the Green Building Standard for home size are exempt from the Prescriptive Energy Code and Green Building Standards. They will also receive expedited permitting. The Code also stipulates that all commercial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification. Commercial buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet must comply with the Prescriptive Code or earn 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.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 13-308
CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2013, the State of Connecticut adopted Public Act 13-308, granting development fee reductions or waivers to projects that achieve LEED Gold on brownfield sites. Fee waivers will be awarded for projects moving into distressed communities.
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.
County
In effect
Sarasota Green Building Program, Resolution 2005-048
Sarasota County, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, Sarasota County adopted Resolution 2005-048, requiring that all new county buildings and facilities or major renovations of county buildings incorporate a LEED checklist in the planning and construction. The resolution also created the Sarasota Green Building Program, which provides incentives such as a fast-track building permit, a 50% reduction in building permit fees, and marketing for commercial and residential construction or retrofit projects that certify to LEED or a county-approved alternative standard.
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
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
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
County
In effect
Miami-Dade Expedited Permit Program for Green Buildings, Ordinance 05-115
Miami-Dade County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 05-115, authorizing the County Building Official to implement a program to expedite the review and approval of permit applications for green buildings. Green buildings are defined as buildings where the design, construction and operation promote the preservation of resources and environmentally sensitive construction practices, systems, and materials. The Building Official should also take into account if the building is certified by a rating agency, including the U.S. Green Building Council.
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
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
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.
County
In effect
Sarasota County Green Development Incentive Resolution, Resolution 2006-174
Sarasota County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Sarasota County adopted Resolution 2006-174, creating a Green Development Incentive which provides fast-track permitting for residential and commercial green developments. Incentives apply to projects pursuing LEED for Neighborhood Developments or a county-approved equivalent standard.
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.
County
In effect
Lake County Green Building Program
Lake County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Lake County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance establishing a Green Building Program. Participating projects must adopt standards of an accepted green building rating system, including LEED. Participating projects will have site and development plans processed within 20 business days, building permits for residential green buildings processed within three business days, and permit applications for commercial buildings processed within ten business days.
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
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
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
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
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.
County
In effect
Charlotte County Code, Chapter 3-2, Article V, Section 3-2-84, Ordinance 2009-020
Charlotte County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 2009-020. New residential construction and renovation projects certified to LEED for Homes and new commercial construction or renovation projects certified under the appropriate LEED, and land developments certified under the LEED for Neighborhood Development are eligible to participate in this program. All program participants are eligible for fast-track permitting and will be included in a marketing program to promote green building in Charlotte County.
County
In effect
Hillsborough County Residential Green Homes Policy
Hillsborough County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Hillsborough County Manager approved the Residential Green Homes Policy, which offers expedited permitting to home builders that complete a LEED for Homes scorecard or a scorecard from a county-approved equivalent. Scorecards must be supplied by a LEED for Homes provider or a qualified, third-party green home certifier.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
County
In effect
Howard County Bill 47-2007
Howard County, MD
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED, LEED Silver
In 2007, Howard County enacted Bill 47-2007, requiring all new county projects, including major renovations, to earn LEED Silver certification. The legislation also requires private construction larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. To incentivize higher levels of certification, projects seeking LEED Gold or Platinum are granted expedited permitting.
County
In effect
Catawba County Green Construction Permitting Incentive Plan
Catawba County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners adopted a Green Construction Permitting Incentives Plan, which provides a 25% rebate of blanket permit fees (not to exceed $500) for new buildings that achieve LEED certification or a county-approved equivalent.
State
In effect
North Carolina SB 581
NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the State of North Carolina enacted SB 581, allowing counties and cities to provide building permit fee reductions or partial rebates to encourage construction of buildings using sustainable design principles, such as LEED or a state-approved equivalent certification system.
County
Elapsed
Mecklenburg County Green Building Rebate Program
Mecklenburg County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners amended its county fee ordinance to include the Green Building Rebate Program, offering permit fee rebates to projects that provide a proof of LEED certification. Rebates are proportionate to the level of certification achieved: 10% reductions for LEED-certified buildings, 15% for LEED Silver-certified buildings, 20% for LEED Gold-certified buildings, and 25% for LEED Platinum-certified buildings. The program elapsed.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
State
In effect
Wilmington Green Enterprise Zone
Wilmington, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Wilmington City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a Green Enterprise Zone. Residential and commercial projects within in the Zone seeking LEED Certification are eligible for a 75% reduction in building and permitting fees. Existing residential and commercial properties undertaking other green retrofits may be eligible for a 50% reduction in building and permitting fees. The ordinance also requires the City to perform a cost-benefit analysis of earning LEED Certification for all new municipal buildings.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.