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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.
County
Amended
San Mateo County Municipal Green Building Policy
San Mateo County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2001, San Mateo County adopted a Sustainable Building Policy, requiring all new buildings over 10,000 square feet to be built and certified to the highest practicable LEED rating. In 2017, the San Mateo Board of Supervisors approved an update to the Sustainable Building Policy, requiring county projects to earn at least 50% of LEED's Energy & Atmosphere credits and to achieve net-zero energy with generation from on-site or adjacent renewable energy resources.
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.
County
Elapsed
Los Angeles County Sustainable Design Program
Los Angeles County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Los Angeles County Sustainable Design Program, requiring all new public buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The board also approved a motion instructing the Directors of Public Works and Planning to investigate and report back within six months on opportunities to incorporate LEED standards or similar requirements into industrial, commercial, and residential development standards.
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.
State
In effect
California Green Buildings Action Plan, Executive Order B-18-12
CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
On April 25, 2012, the Governor of California issued Executive Order B-18-12, creating the Green Building Action Plan, which requires all new and majorly renovated State buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The EO also stipulates that all existing State buildings larger than 50,000 square feet are required to earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification.
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.
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
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.
County
Repealed
Marin County Building Code, Ordinance 3533
Marin County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Marin County Board of Supervisors enacted Ordinance 3533, requiring new commercial projects over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification and requiring projects exceeding 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification. Projects under 5,000 square feet must submit a LEED checklist and comply with prerequisite credits. Commercial renovations valued at less than $500,000 or between 500-4,999 square feet are encouraged to abide by certain voluntary green building practices. Commercial renovations valued between $500,000-$5 million or between 5,000-24,999 square feet are required to comply with the same specified green building practices. Commercial projects valued greater than $5 million or exceeding 25,000 square feet are required 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.
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
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.
County
In effect
Riverside County Sustainable Building Policy, H-29
Riverside County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors adopted Board Policy H-29, requiring all new County buildings to meet the criteria for LEED certification, or a county-approved equivalent. New construction projects larger than 5,000 square feet shall pursue LEED certification. The policy also encourages existing facilities to follow LEED for Existing Buildings criteria.
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.
County
Amended
Resolution 08-0947
Sonoma County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Sonoma County adopted Resolution 08-0947, requiring the adoption of mandatory green building standards for commercial and residential developments. The resolution suggests implementing an ordinance which requires new commercial construction to achieve 20 LEED points and residential and mixed-use buildings to achieve 50 BuildIt Green points for compliance. In 2009, the County Board of Commissioners amended the green building program threshold to require 40 LEED points for new commercial construction.
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.
County
In effect
Alameda County Administrative Code, Title 4, Ordinance 2003-63
Alameda County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 2003-63, requiring that all county projects earn LEED Silver certification or a county-approved alternative standard.
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.