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State
In effect
Arkansas Energy and Natural Resources Conservation Act, HB 2445
AR
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Governor of Arkansas enacted HB 2445, encouraging all state agencies to use green design strategies, including LEED. The bill also creates a Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design and Practices, which is required to advise on issues related to sustainable building design.
State
In effect
Arizona HB 2009
AZ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the State of Arizona enacted HB 2009, granting tax relief to data centers that move into substantially vacant buildings and certify to LEED or an equivalent standard.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2014-09
Flagstaff, AZ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the City of Flagstaff adopted Resolution 2014-09, requiring all City-owned new construction and major renovations, including additions over 10,000 square feet, to earn LEED Silver certification, or a city-approved alternative standard. To incentivize LEED in private construction, the city maintains a preference for third-party certified spaces when entering into building leases.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 669-07
Queen Creek, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Queen Creek Town Council approved Resolution 669-07, requiring all public buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The resolution also encourages private developers to build to LEED.
City/Town
Repealed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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Elapsed
Anaheim Green Building Incentive Program
Anaheim, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
The City of Anaheim adopted a Green Building Incentive Program that provides commercial and multifamily residential buildings earning LEED certification with design review assistance, $1,000-$30,000 upon certification, and fee reimbursement to commercial and multifamily residential projects that earn LEED certification. Incentive level is based on certification level in commercial buildings and number of units in multi-family buildings. The program was discontinued in 2017.
City/Town
Repealed
Sonoma Municipal Code, Chapter 14.2, Green Building, Ordinance 03-2009
Sonoma, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Sonoma City Council adopted Ordinance 03-2009, which required all new commercial and industrial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet and all new residential buildings to adhere to a green building rating system, including LEED. The policy was repealed in 2011 by Ordinance 09-2010.
City/Town
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
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
Replaced
Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance
San Francisco, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, San Francisco added energy efficiency requirements for existing commercial buildings. The policy required non-residential buildings 10,000 square feet or larger to conduct energy efficiency audits that meet or exceed ASHRAE standards, and to benchmark energy use using EnergySTAR Portfolio Manager. Buildings certified to LEED for Existing Building were exempt from the energy audit requirement. This requirement was replaced when the California Green Energy Code (CALGreen) went into effect in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Amended
Long Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 21.25, Ordinance 09-0013
Long Beach, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the City of Long Beach created a Municipal Green Building Policy, which required new City buildings over 7,500 square feet to earn LEED certification. In 2009, the City of Long Beach adopted Ordinance 09-0013, requiring that all new construction or renovations to residential or mixed-use buildings of 50 dwelling units and 50,000 square feet, non-residential buildings of 50,000 square feet or more, and projects for which the City provides any portion of the funding, earn LEED certification. The updated policy also requires new buildings on City land exceeding 7,500 square feet are also required to earn LEED Silver certification. A project that earns LEED Gold or Platinum certification may be eligible for flexibility in regard to certain development standards including usable open space and off-street parking requirements. The policy does not require projects to certify with USGBC.
City/Town
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Repealed
Ordinance 2007-05
Mountain Village, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Town Council of Mountain Village passed Ordinance 2007-05, adopting a prescriptive energy code and green building standards. The ordinance requireed all new commercial buildings to achieve LEED certification or an equivalent standard. The policy has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Aurora Municipal Code, Section 146-923, Ordinance 2008-09
Aurora, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Aurora adopted Ordinance 2008-09, which requires standards for Sustainable Use Neighborhoods, including green building certification for the entire development in accordance with LEED, LEED for Homes, Build It Green, or Energy Star rating systems.
City/Town
In effect
Longmont Municipal Code, Title 4, Chapter 4.72, Section 4.72.030
Longmont, CO
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Longmont City Council adopted a policy allowing new or expanding businesses to apply for a fee and tax rebate up to 30% of each fee if the business exceeds the City's energy code or pursues LEED certification. Applicable fees include grading permit fees, electrical permit fees, mechanical permit fees, plumbing permit fees, water meter installation fee, city sales tax, and transportation community investment fee.
State
In effect
Executive Order D005-05
CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Governor of Colorado signed Executive Order D005, requiring that all state buildings earn LEED for Existing Buildings and incorporate LEED practices in all new construction.
City/Town
Repealed
Steamboat Springs Municipal Code, Section 26-150
Steamboat Springs, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Council of Steam Boat Springs adopted a policy requiring commercial construction projects over 12,000 square feet to meet a number of specified design and construction standards outlined in the Steamboat Springs municipal code (Section 26-150), including LEED certification.
State
In effect
Colorado SB 51
CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Colorado enacted Senate Bill 51, requiring any new or renovated building whose total project cost includes 25% or more in state funds be designed and built to a high-performance green building standard, including LEED. The project must achieve the highest level performance certification possible, which is determined by calculating whether the increased initial costs can be recouped from decreased operational costs within 15 years.
County
In effect
Energy Efficiency of County Facilities, Resolution 18-087
Eagle County, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2018, the Eagle County Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution 18-087, requiring that all new facilities and capital building projects earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
New Haven Municipal Code, Article, V, Section 43, Ordinance 1412
New Haven, CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of New Haven adopted Ordinance 1412, which stipulates that no building in a Business D-2 District may exceed 200 feet above average lot grade; however, buildings registered under LEED with intent to certify may have ten additional feet of height.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 11-57
CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the State of Connecticut adopted Public Act 11-57, authorizing proceeds from state issued bonds to be used by Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the purpose of funding the net project costs, or the balance of any projects after applying any public or private financial incentives available, for any renewable energy or combined heat and power projects in state buildings. The funds shall be made available through the Renewable Energy Investment Fund, established pursuant to section 16-245n. To be eligible, state buildings must be LEED-certified or receive a comparable certification.
City/Town
In effect
A policy regarding the use of LEED Building Standards for Mansfield Buildings
Mansfield, CT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Mansfield Town Council adopted a policy requiring that all municipal buildings are built using the most recent version of the LEED checklist, to the greatest extent practicable.
City/Town
In effect
Dover Municipal Code, Part II, Appendix B, Article 3, Section 27.2
Dover, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Dover City Council adopted a policy stating that LEED certification may be used to satisfy the requirements for corridor overlay zones as it contributes to a superior urban development and higher quality of the built environment.
City/Town
Elapsed
Newark Municipal Code, Section 32-97
Newark, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Newark City Council adopted a policy giving LEED certification a consideration for site plan approval in high-density areas. Consideration is given based on a point system, where LEED certification is allocated a certain number of points.
City/Town
In effect
Harrington Municipal Code, Chapter 350, Section 350-7
Harrington, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Harrington City Council adopted a policy allowing new development in a wetland protection area to exceed 35% gross impervious cover by 50% in residential districts and by 75% in commercial districts, if all stormwater is treated to remove contaminants, directed into underground recharge systems or groundwater recharge areas, or the project attains LEED certification, and an environmental impact report is provided.
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.
County
Elapsed
Volusia Green Build Initiative
Volusia County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Volusia County created the Volusia Green Build initiative, a voluntary green building program funded from a $50,000 federal stimulus grant. Projects pursuing green building certifications, including LEED, will receive expedited permitting, public exposure, and a 50% application fee rebate. Residential projects are eligible for a rebate up to $600, commercial developments are eligible for a rebate up to $1,500, and land development projects may receive a refund up to $2,500.
City/Town
Repealed
South Daytona Municipal Code, Chapter 5, Article XVI, Ordinance 09-09
South Daytona, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Council adopted Ordinance 09-09, creating a green building program for all new construction and major renovations in South Daytona. New and existing commercial and residential projects that participate in the program are eligible for expedited permitting and land development plan review, reduced fees, additional sign allowances, marketing privileges and a "South Daytona Green Building Award." To qualify, projects must follow current standards of the appropriate LEED certification, or the appropriate standards of the Florida Green Building Coalition. The percentage of the permit fee reduction is dependent on certification level. The policy was repealed in 2019.
City/Town
Repealed
Cocoa Beach Municipal Code, Section 3-15, Ordinance 1473
Cocoa Beach, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Cocoa Beach City Commission adopted Ordinance 1473, that created a Special Development Overlay District. The policy states that a primary role of special development overlay districts is to promote and incorporate sustainable building practices in its developments, including LEED certification. The section of the Land Development Code pertaining to the Special Development Overlay District was repealed in 2019 by Ordinance 1627.
City/Town
Repealed
Lauderhill Municipal Code, Article IV, Section 5.3.1.A.7, Ordinance 07O-02-106
Lauderhill, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Lauderhill City Council adopted Ordinance 07O-02-106, requiring that site plans submitted to the Development Review Committee identify elements of the proposed developments that conform to LEED standards and to identify whether LEED certification will be sought.
City/Town
In effect
Coconut Creek Municipal Code, Section 13-320, Ordinance 2007-040
Coconut Creek, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Coconut Creek City Commission adopted Ordinance 2007-040, creating green construction standards for all new developments and renovations. All applicants for new development or redevelopment projects are required to retain a LEED AP on their planning and design team and follow certain sustainable design principles. Projects earning LEED certification or another city-approved equivalent are exempt from the requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Sanford Municipal Code, Schedule U, Section 3
Sanford, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the City of Sanford adopted a policy awarding mixed-use developments in the midtown overlay district, downtown district and riverfront district with height bonuses of up to two stories for achieving LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Aventura Municipal Code, Article VI, Chapter 14, Section 14-115, Ordinance 2009-18
Aventura, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Aventura City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-18, establishing a Green Building Program that includes incentives for buildings that earn LEED certification. Buildings that LEED or LEED Silver certifications are eligible for expedited plan review, expedited building permit review and inspection, marketing of green building on site construction signs, inclusion of building on City's website, and administrative variances to allow orientation of building to take advantage of available natural resources, such as yard setbacks, landscape buffers, driveways. In addition to the above incentives, buildings that achieve LEED Gold or Platinum certification are eligible for a FAR bonus, and a lot coverage bonus, to a maximum 80% lot coverage, provided that the building has a green roof.
City/Town
Elapsed
Culter Bay Municipal Code, Part III, Chapter 2, Article LXXXVI, Ordinance 09-09
Cutler Bay, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Cutler Bay Town Council passed Ordinance 09-09, extending the duration of the moratoriums adopted in Ordinance 08-11 and 08-12, to remain in force until August 20, 2009. Businesses located in a LEED-certified building may receive a bonus up to $1,500.
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.
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
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
In effect
Lauderhill Municipal Code, Schedule P, Section 2.6
Lauderhill, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Lauderhill City Council adopted an ordinance encouraging all new developments, redevelopments and substantial building improvements to earn LEED certification. The ordinance also encourages public projects to strive to earn LEED Silver certification.
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.
City/Town
In effect
West Melbourne Municipal Code, Section 99-10, Ordinance 2008-17
West Melbourne, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, West Melbourne adopted Ordinance 2008-17, granting buildings located in the town center pursuing LEED certification or another city-approved equivalent a height bonus up to 25 feet.
County
In effect
Miami-Dade Sustainable Buildings Program, Ordinance 07-65
Miami-Dade County, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Ordinance 07-65 established the Miami-Dade County Sustainable Buildings Program. The Ordinance applies to all county-owned, -financed, -leased, and -operated buildings and gives the County Manager the power to determine a nationally-recognized green building standard to adhere to, including LEED.
City/Town
In effect
St. Petersburg Green City Initiative, Executive Order 08-01
St. Petersburg, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mayor of St. Petersburg issued Executive Order 08-01, requiring all new city-owned and occupied buildings to adhere to LEED standards. All redevelopment projects exceeding 10,000 square feet must follow guidelines for LEED for Existing Buildings.
State
In effect
2014 Florida Statute, Chapter 255
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
Chapter 255 (Public Property and Publicly Owned Buildings) of the 2014 Florida Statutes requires all buildings constructed and financed by the state and renovations of existing state facilities to be designed to comply with a national model green building code or a nationally recognized high-performance green building rating system such as LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Palm Coast Green Development Program, Palm Coast Municipal Code, Chapter 15, Article II, Section 15-31-41
Palm Coast, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Palm Coast City Council adopted Ordinance 09-22, creating a minimum reduction of project costs for new residential construction and residential retrofitting/remodeling and new and retrofitted commercial buildings that earn LEED certification or a city-approved alternative certification. Certified projects are also granted priority planning services and site plan review compared to non-certified projects.
City/Town
In effect
Dunnellon Municipal Code, Subpart B, Appendix A, Article IX
Dunnellon, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Dunnellon City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-14, establishing sustainable building and design standards for new construction. Commercial buildings larger than 80,000 square feet are required to earn LEED certification. Proof of LEED registration must be provided with the building application prior to review. Certification must be obtained before issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, though a temporary certificate may be issued for up to 18 months during the certification process.
City/Town
In effect
Jacksonville Sustainability Policy, Executive Order 2008-03
Jacksonville, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mayor of Jacksonville issued Executive Order 2008-03, establishing the City of Jacksonville Sustainability Policy. The Sustainability Policy includes a requirement that all new municipal building construction and major renovations earn LEED certification, and requires all existing and future public buildings to be maintained and operated according to the LEED for Existing Buildings checklist.
City/Town
In effect
Tampa Strategic Action Plan
Tampa, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Tampa adopted a Strategic Action Plan for the Channel District Community Development Area, which offers a 1.5 maximum floor area ratio density bonus to projects located in the Channel District that earn LEED certification.
State
In effect
Establishing Climate Change Leadership by Example, Executive Order 07-126
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Florida issued Executive Order #07-126, requiring LEED certification for any new building constructed for or by the State. New construction projects must strive for Platinum certification. The EO also requires the Department of Management Services to implement LEED for Existing Buildings across all buildings owned and operated by the department on behalf of client agencies.
City/Town
In effect
Palmetto Bay Green Program, Ordinance 2010-04
Palmetto Beach, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Village of Palmetto Bay created a Green Program requiring any village-owned construction project to earn LEED certification. The requirement applies to new buildings as well as maintenance or expansion of existing buildings. Private projects are encouraged to receive the certification through incentive programs and fast tracking permits. Incentives for developers include 5% density increase for LEED Silver, 8% increase for LEED Gold, and 10% increase for LEED Platinum.
City/Town
In effect
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
In effect
Surfside Municipal Code, Chapter 90, Article IX
Surfside, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Surfside adopted a policy encouraging LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Lighthouse Municipal Code, Division 4, Sec. 42-361.1, Ordinance 2008-0875
Lighthouse Point, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Lighthouse Point City Commission adopted Ordinance 2008-0875, encouraging townhouse developments to incorporate sustainable design practices and to pursue LEED certification.
County
In effect
Targeted Jobs Incentive Fund Program, Ordinance 00-98
Miami-Dade County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2000, Miami-Dade County adopted Ordinance 00-98, the Targeted Jobs Incentive Fund Program. This program offers incentives for companies that relocate to Miami-Dade County and create jobs. A company can receive up to $1,000 if they operate their business out of a building or facility that is LEED-certified.
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
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
Broward County Green Building Policy
Broward County, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Broward County Commission adopted Resolution 2008-856, which requires all new County-owned and operated buildings to earn LEED certification.
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
Coral Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 25, Article 25, Section 2501023, Ordinance 2007-115
Coral Springs, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Coral Springs enacted Ordinance 2007-115, encouraging renovated and redeveloped structures to achieve LEED certification. The ordinance requires construction projects to submit a LEED checklist with site plan documents.
City/Town
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
Port Orange Green Building Program, Ordinance 2009-12
Port Orange, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Port Orange City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-12, creating incentives for new construction and renovation projects. New residential and commercial construction projects that obtain certification under the Florida Green Building Coalition's Standard, LEED for Homes, or Green Globes rating systems will be eligible for expedited permitting, additional sign allowances, marketing privileges and a City of Port Orange Green Building Award. Residential and commercial renovations that obtain LEED for Existing Buildings certification are also eligible for incentives.
City/Town
In effect
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
St. Pete Beach Municipal Code, Division 39, Section 39.9, Ordinance 2008-12
St. Pete Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the St. Pete Beach City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-12, requiring all new development and redevelopment projects in the Community Redevelopment District to obtain certification from at least two of eight listed green building standards, including LEED for New Construction, LEED for Hotels and Lodging, LEED for Existing Buildings, and LEED for Commercial Interiors. The City Council also created a citizen-staffed Green Task Force responsible for maximizing green building design and ensuring construction and development is consistent with LEED certification standards.
City/Town
In effect
Gainesville Green Building Program, Ordinance 1835
Gainesville, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Gainesville City Council adopted Ordinance 1835, requiring new municipal civic or office construction to earn LEED certification. The policy also created a voluntary Green Building Program. Non-city owned residential buildings voluntarily participating in the program must follow the requirements of Green Home Designation Standard of the Florida Green Building Council. Additionally, the city provides a fast-track building permit incentive and a 50% reduction in building permit fees for private contractors that build to LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 30-22
Delray Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2022, the City Commission of Delray Beach enacted an ordinance requiring new construction or major renovations larger than 15,000 square feet to achieve the minimum certification level from a green building certification entity, including LEED.
City/Town
Amended
Margate Green Building Initiative, Ordinance 2009-15
Margate, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Margate adopted Ordinance 2009-15, requiring all new construction or renovations of city buildings to earn LEED certification. In 2017, the policy was amended to broaden the third-party certifications that are eligible.
City/Town
Repealed
City of North Miami Sustainable Buildings Program, Ordinance 1278
North Miami, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of North Miami adopted Ordinance 1278, creating a Sustainable Building Program. The Ordinance stipulated that all new construction or additions of city-owned buildings must achieve LEED Silver certification or higher, and that substantial renovations to existing city-owned buildings were required to achieve LEED certification, while minor renovations must incorporate as many LEED green building principles as feasible. For the residential sector, all Community Redevelopment Agency-owned or funded projects are required to attain LEED Silver certification. Existing CRA structures undergoing major renovations must achieve LEED certification. Minor CRA renovations are required to pursue as many LEED credits as possible. New construction, additions or substantial improvements of commercial developments are required to be LEED certifications, while minor commercial improvements are required to incorporate as many LEED strategies as is feasible. The ordinance also creates residential density bonuses for LEED-certified projects. An individual may be granted a density bonus up to 25 dwelling units per acre for green building certification coupled with transit-oriented development. Projects pursuing LEED certification may also receive expedited permitting, reduced permit fees, and project recognition by the city. This policy has been repealed.
City/Town
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
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.
County
In effect
Miami-Dade County Sustainable Buildings Program, Ordinance 073319
Miami-Dade County, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners passed Ordinance 073319, requiring all new county-owned and county-financed facilities and all major renovations of greater than 50% of replacement cost to earn LEED Silver certification. County renovations less than 50% of replacement cost are required to earn LEED certification.
State
In effect
Florida Chapter 2013-193
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the State of Florida enacted Chapter 2013-193, requiring each state agency to use a sustainable building rating system, such as LEED, or national model green building code for new buildings and renovation to existing buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Pensacola Municipal Code, Title XII, Chapter 12-6, Ordinance 16-10
Pensacola, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Pensacola City Council adopted Ordinance 16-10, authorizing the mayor to reduce the irrigation percentage for a site and may also reduce mitigation payment into the Tree Planting Trust Fund when Best Management Practices have been demonstrated to be employed on the land. Best Management Practices include LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Dania Beach Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 28, Article 305
Dania Beach, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Dania Beach City Administration established a height bonus for transit-oriented development projects. The maximum height of transit-oriented development projects will be reduced by the greater of either two stories or 23 feet unless the development includes two public amenities such as a public plaza or civic open space, prominent water feature, public outdoor art, public parking or LEED certification.
State
In effect
Florida HB 7135
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of Florida enacted HB 7135, requiring all new construction and renovation of state-owned and state-funded buildings (including counties, municipalities, schools, water management districts, public universities, community colleges, and state courts) to follow LEED guidelines, or guidelines from state-approved alternative green building rating system.
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
Repealed
Ordinance 09-61
Forest Park, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Forest Park City Council adopted Ordinance 09-61, requiring all new residential construction and renovations to earn LEED certification, or a city-approved equivalent standard. The ordinance was repealed in 2015.
City/Town
In effect
Norcross Municipal Code, Chapter 200, Article I, Division 4, Section 201-23, Ordinance 08-2019
Norcross, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2019, the City of Norcross adopted Ordinance 08-2019, providing a 25% density bonus to residential projects in the Buford Highway district that use a minimum of three green building methods as identified by LEED or a city-approved alternative standard. These methods may include green roof components, energy efficient windows, permeable pavement, stormwater planters, among others.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 2008-11
Doraville, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Doraville City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-11, requiring all new municipal buildings and all commercial, industrial, and multifamily residential buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The ordinance was replaced in 2016 by Ordinance 2016-16, which no longer requires LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Stone Mountain Municipal Code, Appendix A, Section 5-2.5
Stone Mountain, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Stone Mountain City Council passed an ordinance, providing new developments within a Traditional Residential District eligibility for a height bonus of three additional story, if the principal dwelling promotes sustainable building practices, such as LEED.
City/Town
Repealed
Norcross Municipal Code, Ordinance 24-2012
Norcross, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the City of Norcross adopted Ordinance 24-2012, providing projects that earn LEED certification in the Redevelopment area overlay district a .25 floor area ratio bonus. This policy has been repealed.
County
In effect
Paulding Municipal Code, Appendix A, Article VIII, Section T, Resolution 08-25
Paulding County, GA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the County of Paulding adopted Resolution 08-25, encouraging developments within the Paulding Airport Master Overlay District to incorporate LEED principles and practices into design and construction.
City/Town
In effect
Decatur High Performance Building Standards
Decatur, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the City of Decatur approved new high-performance building standards that require all new residential and commercial buildings to earn a nationally-recognized green building certification, including LEED for Homes. Major commercial renovations are also included. The standard will not be applied to residential improvements until after a pending study has been completed.
County
In effect
Resolution CEN-001
Athens-Clarke County, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Mayor and Commission of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County adopted a resolution requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED certification, with an emphasis on earning indoor air quality credits. The resolution also requires new municipal projects to include a LEED AP on the design and construction teams.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 777
Conyers, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Conyers City Council adopted Ordinance 777, requiring all new residential or municipal buildings with over 5,000 square feet of occupied space to earn LEED certification, or to pursue a city-approved equivalent standard. This requirement has been repealed.
City/Town
Repealed
Decatur Municipal Code, Article 10.1.6
Decatur, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, Article 10.1.6 became effective in Decatur, establishing the Unified Development Code. The code requires single-family, two-family, multi-family, commercial, or public building must achieve LEED certification or a city-approved equivalent standard. The policy was repealed in 2017.
County
In effect
Coweta County Code, Section 85
Coweta County, GA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Coweta County enacted a policy requiring all proposed developments in the RI-A Single-Family Residential Infill District to submit an affidavit confirming that all proposed residences will earn LEED for Homes certification, or a county-approved equivalent. New developments in the Center Village District pursuing LEED certification are eligible for a 1,000 square feet density bonus.
City/Town
In effect
East Point Municipal Code, Chapter 4, Article A, Section 10-4001
East Point, GA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of East Point updated its zoning code to encourage new projects to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Chamblee Municipal Code, Title 2, Chapter 230, Article 1, Section 230-9, Ordinance 682
Chamblee, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, the City of Chamblee passed Ordinance 682, stipulating that all new commercial, office, industrial, multi-family residential, or senior citizen residences equal or greater than 20,000 square feet submit a LEED checklist (or a checklist from a city-approved alternative standard) with a building permit application.
City/Town
In effect
Covington Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.2
Covington, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Covington enacted a policy requiring building permit applicants with projects exceeding 50,000 square feet to submit a LEED checklist at the time of application.
County
In effect
Blaine County Code, Title 7, Chapter 6, Section 7-6-4, Ordinance 2011-02
Blaine County, ID
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, Blaine County adopted Ordinance 2011-02, repealing the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code and adopting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. The ordinance permits LEED certification as an alternative compliance path for new construction or major renovations.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 1096
Ketchum, ID
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Ketchum City Council approved a new building code for residential construction and major renovations based on the National Green Building Standard - ICC 700-2008. The City accepts LEED Silver certification as an alternative compliance path.
County
In effect
Ada County Green Building Resolution 1180
Ada County, ID
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the Ada County adopted Resolution 1180, requiring new construction and major retrofits of all County facilities over 10,000 square feet to meet or exceed LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Moscow Green Building Program, Moscow Zoning Code, Title 4, Chapter 7, Ordinance 2008-09
Moscow, ID
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Moscow enacted a policy stating that homes that incorporate LEED standards may receive a 2% density bonus.
County
In effect
Blaine County Code, Title 10, Chapter 6, Section 10-6-8, Ordinance 2009-06
Blaine County, ID
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Blaine County adopted Ordinance 2009-06, requiring construction projects within a Public Benefit Planned Unit Development to incorporate all primary public benefits and at least two secondary public benefits. Energy Star or LEED certification may satisfy one of the secondary benefit requirements.
County
In effect
Cook County Code, Chapter 2, Article I, Section 2-6
Cook County, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, Cook County adopted an ordinance requiring that all new county building projects earn LEED certification and retrofitted buildings earn LEED for Existing Buildings. Projects are required to earn a minimum of 8 credits in the Energy & Atmosphere category. The ordinance also specifies that Cook County shall refer to the most current version of LEED when beginning a new building construction permit project or renovation.
State
In effect
Illinois HB 1013
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Illinois enacted HB 1013, requiring all new state-funded building construction and major renovation of existing state-owned facilities to earn LEED certification, or a state-approved alternative standard. New buildings and major renovations of 10,000 square feet or larger must achieve LEED Silver or an alternative certification. New buildings and major renovations under 10,000 square feet must strive to meet the highest LEED certification level, but are not required to certify the project with GBCI.
City/Town
In effect
Northbrook Green Building Initiative, Ordinance 08-24
Northbrook, IL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Northbrook Village Board of Trustees adopted Ordinance 08-24, requiring all municipal construction to earn LEED certification. The policy also established the Northbrook Green Building Initiative Incentive Program, which provides rewards to projects that seek LEED certification. These projects receive expedited permitting and review and permit fee rebates. Fee rebates are as follows: 10% rebate for LEED Certified projects, 20% for LEED Silver, 30% for LEED Gold, and 40% for LEED Platinum. Projects that achieve certain Sustainable Sites or Water Efficiency credits may receive an additional 1% fee rebate for every credit achieved.
City/Town
In effect
Collinsville Municipal Code, Title 17, Section 17.040, Ordinance 4230
Collinsville, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Collinsville City Council adopted Ordinance 4230, requiring all developments in the Uptown Collinsville District to attain certification from at least one nationally recognized green building program, including LEED.
City/Town
Amended
Chicago Sustainable Development Policy
Chicago, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the City of Chicago adopted a resolution requiring all new city-funded construction and major renovation projects to earn LEED certification. The policy was updated in 2016 to include an alternative compliance path, whereby developers are not required to earn third-party certification, provided that projects include a threshold of high-performance measures.
State
In effect
Illinois Green Buildings Act
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Green Buildings Act, requiring all new state-funded construction and major renovations less than 10,000 square feet to met the highest LEED certification level, or a state-approved alternative standard. All new state-funded construction and major renovations of or larger than 10,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Romeoville Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 159, Section 159-158, Ordinance 08-0657
Romeoville, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Village of Romeoville enacted a policy granting planned developments located in a business district 30 points for pursuing LEED certification. The points may be used to satisfy specified design and construction requirements.
State
In effect
Illinois Executive Order 09-11
IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Illinois issued Executive Order 09-11, which directs agencies to strive to earn LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification.
City/Town
In effect
Palos Park Municipal Code, Section 1274.05(c)(2)(F), Ordinance 2007-17
Palos Park, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Palos Park City Council adopted Ordinance 2007-17, encouraging new commercial developments in business districts to earn LEED certification.
State
In effect
Illiniois SB 1601, Public Act 96-0630
IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Illinois signed SB 1601, enacting Public Act 96-0630. The legislation adds costs related to LEED certification (including construction) as valid redevelopment project costs that can be funded by the Illinois Tax Increment Fund.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 08-812
Lockport, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Lockport City Council adopted Ordinance 08-812, encouraging planned commercial, office, or industrial developments to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
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.
State
In effect
Illinois House Joint Resolution 10
IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009 the Illinois General Assembly adopted House Joint Resolution 10, which states that the passage of a sustainable capital construction plan should be a priority. The resolution also states that any allocations of funding for the construction or renovation of government buildings should require builders to adhere to LEED, or an alternative green building standard.
State
In effect
Illinois Public Act 95-325, Green Neighborhood Grant Act
IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Illinois enacted the Green Neighborhood Grant Act, becoming the first state to create incentives for LEED for Neighborhood Development. The law directs the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to fund up to 1.5% of total development costs for up to three applicable neighborhoods per year, funds permitting. Applicable developments must be located in a municipality with a residential population of one million or greater, and are required to earn LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.
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
Repealed
Bartlett Municipal Code, Section 9-6-7, Ordinance 2008-105
Bartlett, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Village of Bartlett adopted Ordinance 2008-105, requiring all new public building projects to earn LEED certification. Section 9-6-7 was replaced in 2014 by Ordinance 2014-46, which struck the LEED requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Normal Municipal Code, Chapter 15, Division 17, Ordinance 4825
Normal, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002 the Town of Normal enacted Ordinance 4825, requiring public or private construction over 7,500 square feet in the Central Business District earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Oak Brook Municipal Code, Title 13, Chapter 15, Section 13-15-3, Ordinance G-890
Oak Brook, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Village of Oak Brook passed Ordinance G-890, which encourages planned developments to include a LEED AP in the design process, submit a LEED checklist with the permit application, and obtain LEED certification.
State
In effect
Illinois Public Act 95-0416
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Illinois State Senate amended the School Construction Law, directing the Capital Development Board to only issue grants to school projects with LEED for Schools or comparable rating system certification, or to projects that meet the standards set forth by the Capital Development Board's Green Building Advisory Committee.
State
In effect
Illinois Public Act 97-0616
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the State of Illinois enacted Public Act 97-0616, requiring training facility construction or upgrade projects located in a municipality with a population greater than 2 million residents to be designed for the purpose of obtaining LEED certification. The owner of the facility is required to seek project verification.
City/Town
Repealed
Resolution 2008-47
Yorkville, IL
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Yorkville City Council adopted Resolution 2008-47, requiring all new municipal buildings 5,000 square feet or larger, and all municipal building renovations of 1,000 square feet or larger to earn LEED certification. New municipal buildings are encouraged to seek a higher LEED certification level where practicable.
City/Town
Elapsed
Indianapolis Green Building Incentive Program
Indianapolis, IN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Indianapolis created the Green Building Incentive Program, granting new construction and major renovation projects rebates if they pursue green building techniques. Projects may receive a 30% rebate if their design incorporates three of the following categories: water quality/quantity, transportation, energy, materials, site, and/or innovative design. Projects may receive an additional 10% for each category achieved beyond the minimum, not to exceed a 50% rebate. The program's criteria is based off LEED, but does not require LEED registration or certification. A project that earns LEED certification will qualify for all or part of the rebate. The program has elapsed.
City/Town
Repealed
Fort Wayne Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 153.19, Ordinance G-1-12
Fort Wayne, IN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Fort Wayne City Council adopted Ordinance G-1-12, granting projects that incorporate green building techniques, such as LEED certification, tax abatement benefits. Projects that earn 7-11 points are eligible for three years of tax abatement, and projects that earn 24-67 points are eligible for up to ten years of tax abatement.
City/Town
In effect
Louisville Property Assessment and Reassessment Moratorium Program
Louisville, KY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Louisville Metro Government created a green redevelopment initiative to encourage the repair, rehabilitation, restoration, or stabilization of qualifying structures. Residential and commercial buildings 25 years or older may qualify for a reassessment moratorium/freeze on a portion of local taxes for a period of five years if the project meets certain criteria, including earning LEED certification.
State
Repealed
Kentucky SB 132
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Governor of Kentucky enacted SB 132, establishing the efficient school design trust fund. In order to be eligible for funds, schools must efficient school design as a school building design that meets or exceeds LEED for Schools certification, a comparable system with equivalent requirements, or other building performance certification systems. The law was repealed in 2022.
County
In effect
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Zoning Ordinance 8-21(o)(4)
Lexington-Fayette Urban County, KY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Zoning Ordinance was amended to include a section instructing that adaptive reuse projects may be permitted by the Planning Commission upon the approval of a final development plan. Eligible projects are required to be located near a public right-of-way, include one existing building that will be adaptively reused as a principal structure. Projects must provide documentation demonstrating that they at least three of nine criteria, including proof of earning LEED certification.
State
In effect
Kentucky HB 255
KY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Governor of Kentucky enacted HB 255, establishing the Kentucky Green Schools Authority, and directing the Department of Energy Development and Independence to provide technical assistance to local governments, area development districts, housing authorities and school districts regarding methods to maximize energy conservation and efficiency. The legislation also established a pilot program to assist school districts with earning LEED for Existing Buildings certifications.
State
In effect
Kentucky HB 1
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Kentucky enacted HB 1, instructing the state's Finance and Administration Cabinet to use LEED or other rating systems to develop green building incentives for private development in the state.
State
In effect
Kentucky HR 69
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of Kentucky enacted House Resolution 69, recognizing LEED for Schools and LEED for Existing Buildings as tools for achieving greener schools.
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.
State
Elapsed
Louisiana State and Local Facilities Construction Authority
LA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) approved a resolution to create the State and Local Facilities Construction Authority to support public schools in their pursuit of LEED for Schools certification. The LRA appropriated $2.5 million to create the Authority. The program elapsed in 2010.
City/Town
In effect
Boston Zoning Code, Article 37
Boston, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Boston enacted a policy requiring that all large public and private projects subject to Section 80B of the Zoning Code to earn LEED certification. The policy directs the City to deny permits and certificates of occupancy to noncompliant projects. All projects, regardless of size, are required to submit a LEED checklist to the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
State
In effect
Massachusetts School Building Authority Sustainable Building Design Policy
MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the Massachusetts School Building Authority updated its Sustainable Building Design Policy, stipulating the LEED for Schools v4 will be the only acceptable sustainability standard for new school construction. Public schools that earn LEED v.4 certification are eligible for additional project funding.
City/Town
In effect
Acton Zoning Bylaws, Section 5.5B.2.2.d
Acton, MA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Town of Acton adopted Zoning Bylaw Section 5.5B.2.2.d, granting building projects located in the East Acton Village District that earn LEED certification a floor area ratio bonus of 0.05.
State
In effect
Leading by Example: Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings, Executive Order 484
MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Massachussetts issued Executive Order 484, instructing state agencies involved in the construction and major renovation projects exceeding 20,000 square feet to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Somerville Municipal Code, Section 6.4-6.5
Somerville, MA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Somerville City Council adopted Ordinance 2004-04, requiring projects located in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District to submit LEED checklists, and encouraging LEED certification. In 2009, the policy was amended by Ordinance 2009-03 to add LEED incentives. LEED Gold-certified projects are eligible for a floor area ratio increase (FAR) and a height bonus. LEED Gold projects within Transit Oriented District 70 and 100 are eligible for a 0.5 FAR increase; LEED Gold developments in Transit Oriented District 135 may receive a 1.0 FAR increase; and LEED Gold projects in all three districts may receive a 15 feet height bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Melrose Municipal Code, Chapter 235, Section 71.1, Ordinance 08-128
Melrose, MA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Melrose City Council adopted Ordinance 08-128, requiring new construction and renovation projects within a smart growth district to incorporate sustainable design practices in accordance with ENERGY Star. The ordinance also encourages projects to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Medford Energy and Resource Efficiency Policy, Policy 2005-02
Medford, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the City of Medford adopted an Energy and Resource Efficiency Policy, requiring all new municipal construction seek to meet LEED standards or follow green building design practices.
City/Town
In effect
Lexington Municipal Code Chapter 175, Part III, Article XV, Section 175-81
Lexington, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Lexington enacted a policy requiring all building permit applications submitted to the City Planning Board to include a LEED for Core & Shell scorecard - or a city-approved alternative rating system scorecard - when applying for major site plan review.
City/Town
Elapsed
Downtown Hyannis Design & Infrastructure Plan
Barnstable, MA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Barnstable Planning Board adopted the Downtown Hyannis Design & Infrastructure Plan, which applies to new development and redevelopment in the Hyannis Village Zoning Districts. Buildings, renovations, and additions which are LEED Bronze certified or higher are encouraged and such development may be granted a reduction from certain impact fees.
City/Town
In effect
Ashland Municipal Code, Chapter 282, Section 8
Ashland, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Ashland City Council adopted a policy requiring new buildings constructed in the Pond Street Mixed Use Overlay District to achieve ENERGY Star certification. LEED certification may be used as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
Repealed
Resolution R-15-03
Bowie, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the Bowie City Council adopted Resolution #R-15-03, requiring all municipal projects to follow green building criteria and to use LEED guidelines. This resolution was replaced in 2012.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 08-2
La Plata, MD
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mayor of La Plata enacted Town Council Resolution 08-2, requiring all town-owned and town-funded new construction and major renovations larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The resolution also recommends that smaller public projects and private projects earn LEED certification.
County
In effect
Hartford County Code, Chapter 267, Part 1, Article VII, Section 267-61
Hartford County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Hartford County enacted a policy permitting LEED-certified buildings within a mixed office district to use shared parking as an alternative to the parking facility requirements inscribed in Section 267-26 of the County code.
State
In effect
ME LD 1656
ME
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2022, the Governor of Maine signed ME LD 1656 into law, requiring that construction projects funded by the Maine State Housing Authority meet the standards of a third-party certification program, including LEED.
State
Repealed
An order regarding the use of LEED Building Standards for State Buildings
ME
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the Governor of Maine issued an Executive Order directing all new or existing state buildings to incorporate LEED guidelines, provided that standards can be met on a cost-effective basis. The EO was repealed in 2011.
City/Town
In effect
Bar Harbor Municipal Code, Chapter 125, Article V, Section 125-69
Bar Harbor, ME
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Bar Harbor amended its municipal code, granting a density bonus for affordable housing projects whereby all dwelling units meet LEED standards. The bonus applies to projects within a Planned Unit Development.
City/Town
In effect
Bangor LEED Certification Order
Bangor, ME
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Bangor City Council adopted a policy requiring all new city-owned or city-funded construction and major renovation projects 5,000 square feet or larger to achieve LEED certification. The policy also encourages the private sector to design, construct and operate its buildings consistent with LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Ypsilanti Municipal Code, Article XI-D, Section 1173, Ordinance 2008-378
Ypsilanti, MI
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Ypsilanti Charter Township adopted Ordinance 2008-378, allowing LEED-certified buildings to have up to three additional stories and 35 feet of building height.
City/Town
In effect
Rochester Hills Master Land Use Plan
Rochester Hills, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Rochester Hills Planning Commission adopted the Master Land Use Plan, which recommends that all new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings earn LEED certification. The Plan also recommends developing incentives for residential and non-residential buildings to achieve LEED certification. The 2018 Master Land Use Plan update also adds an action strategy to educate the development community about the benefits of LEED certification.
City/Town
Elapsed
Clawson Municipal, Chapter 34, Division 23, Ordinance 670
Clawson, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Clawson City Council adopted Ordinance 670, encouraging LEED certification for development projects in Clawson. The policy has elapsed.
City/Town
Repealed
Milford Municipal Code, Chapter 32, Article III, Section 32-526
Milford Charter Township, MI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Milford Charter Township amended its building code to require planned unit development projets to provide a public benefit in order to be eligible for rezoning, planning commission review, and township board approval. Suggested public benefits include traffic flow improvement, preservation of the township's natural features, or earning LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Milford Municipal Code, Article XI, Chapter 94, Section 94-305
Milford, MI
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Milford City Council adopted Ordinance 231-106, permitting the development of single-family residential clusters, under certain circumstances, in situations where the normal subdivision approach would otherwise be restrictive owing to the presence of environmentally sensitive lands on the site. These developments must provide a public benefit, including through demonstrating adherence to LEED principles.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution Adopting LEED Standards
Novi, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Novi City Council passed a resolution adopting LEED as the City's preferred green building rating system. The resolution encourages adherence to LEED standards and criteria in local private development and encourages the City to consider greening the City's building policies.
City/Town
In effect
Grand Rapids Sustainability Policy for City Buildings, Policy 600-16
Grand Rapids, MI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Grand Rapids City Commission adopted Policy 600-16, requiring all new municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet and valued at $1 million in construction costs to earn LEED certification. The policy further stipulates that all municipal renovations and building operations should follow LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
Groveland Municipal Code, Article III, Section 54-474, Ordinance 164
Groveland, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Groveland Township adopted Ordinance 164, encouraging the use of LEED certification in the development overlay district.
City/Town
In effect
Auburn Hills Green Building Policy
Auburn Hills, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Auburn Hills City Council adopted the Auburn Hills Green Building Policy, encouraging all applicable municipal and private development projects to achieve LEED certification.
State
In effect
Next Generation Energy Act of 2007, Chapter 136, S.F. No. 145
MN
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Minnesota enacted Chapter 136 S.F. 145, requiring utilities to establish programs that facilitate professional engineering certification to qualify buildings as LEED-certified, or a state-approved alternative certification. The legislation stated a goal of achieving 100 LEED-certified commercial buildings by December 31, 2010.
City/Town
In effect
Baxter Municipal Code, Title 10, Chapter 4, Ordinance 2011-05
Baxter, MN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Baxter City Council adopted Ordinance 2011-05, amending the city's architectural standards to include exemptions for building lighting and exteriors that are LEED compatible. The city allows modifications to the normal lighting standards if it is demonstrated that the modifications are LEED compatible. Exterior materials or architectural features not specifically listed as approved by the city may also be accepted if they are LEED compatible.
City/Town
In effect
Bloomington Municipal Code, Chapter 19.29F
Bloomington, MN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the City of Bloomington added requirements for the permanent high intensity mixed use with residential zoning district, including a sustainable design bonus. Developments designed to minimize environmental impact as measured by LEED certification are eligible for bonus floor area. One quarter square foot of additional floor area is allowed per square foot of floor area within a building that receives LEED or Silver certification. One half square foot of additional floor area is allowed per square foot of floor area within a building that receives LEED certification at the Gold or Platinum level. The sustainable design floor area ratio bonus may not exceed 1.0 and building permits and final Certificates of Occupancy will not be issued unless LEED certification is verified.
City/Town
In effect
Chesterfield Municipal Code, Article 3, Section 405.03.040, Ordinance 2527
Chesterfield, MO
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Chesterfield City Council adopted Ordinance 2527, offering developers the ability to negotiate the mitigation of other zoning requirements if LEED standards are used.
County
In effect
St. Clair Municipal Code, Appendix A, Article V, Section P
St. Clair, MO
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the St. Clair City Council amended its Zoning Ordinance to encourage developers with projects in the Highway Corridor Overlay district to incorporate LEED concepts into project design and construction.
City/Town
In effect
Starkville Sustainability and LEED Policy
Starkville, MS
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Starkville Mayor and Board of Aldermen adopted the Starkville Sustainability and LEED Policy, requiring all new construction of city facilities exceeding 3,000 square feet earn LEED certification. The policy also encourages LEED certification for new commercial and residential construction.
City/Town
In effect
Bozeman Municipal Code, Chapter 38, Article 4, Section 38.430.090
Bozeman, MT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
Bozeman's Municipal Code requires planned unit development proposals must comply with the city's design objectives and criteria. In order to be approved, a PUD proposal must earn at least 20 performance points from a combination of methods. Design proposals that include a commitment to design the majority of buildings to meet LEED certification requirements, or a city-approved alternative certification, will earn 6 points. Proposals that are conditionally approved to meet LEED for Neighborhood Development may quality for 15 points.
City/Town
In effect
Wilmington Municipal Code, Section 18-174, Ordinance O-2008-05
Wilmington, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Wilmington City Council adopted Ordinance O-2008-25, providing LEED-certified buildings with trees, shrubs, and other green roof vegetation an exemption from city height requirements.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Forsyth County/Winston-Salem UDO Chapter C, Section 3-5.4
Forsyth County, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Forsyth County adopted Unified Development Ordinance Chapter C, Section 3-5.4, granting new construction projects eligibility for a Special Intense Development Allocation for earning LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Montreat Municipal Code, Chapter J, Article I, Section 4
Montreat, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Montreat City Council revised the city's Building Code to provide an building incentive whereby construction and major renovation projects in Montreat pursuing LEED certification are eligible for a partial rebate of associated permit fees. Projects may receive a 10% rebate for earning LEED certification, 15% for earning LEED Silver certification, 20% for earning LEED Gold certification, and 25% for earning LEED Platinum certification. This policy was repealed in 2010.
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
In effect
Resolution 2012-11
Lincoln County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2012-11. New commercial or industrial buildings, worth more than $2 million, shall receive a .1% rebate of the building's tax assessed value if they are LEED-Certified, .2% if LEED Silver, .5% if LEED Gold, and 1% if LEED Platinum. The program also provides fee incentive discounts of up to 95% of permit, water, or sewer fees.
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
Amended
Charlotte Revised Policy for Sustainable Facilities
Charlotte, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Charlotte City Council adopted a policy for sustainable city facilities that requires all new municipal buildings and renovations of at least 5,000 square feet to complete a LEED checklist for purposes of consistency and comparability. The policy further requires any staff with facility construction or renovation project management responsibilities to be a LEED Green Associate or demonstrate an equivalent level of training. On May 23, 2016, the Charlotte City Council revised the 2009 Policy to require LEED v4 certification or higher for major renovations to or new constructions of City-owned, City-managed, or City-funded buildings. The policy also details the City's ten-year plan to require existing buildings meet LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
Nashua Municipal Code, Article VIII, Section 105-28
Nashua, NH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
The City of Nashua provides a reduction in building permit fees for projects that earn LEED certification. LEED-certified projects receive a 5% reduction in fees; LEED Silver-certified projects earn a 10%; reduction; LEED Gold-certified projects receive a 15% reduction; and LEED Platinum-certified projects receive a 20% reduction.
City/Town
In effect
Derry Municipal Code, Article VI, Section 5-34
Derry, NH
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Derry Town Council passed the Derry Green Building Policy, requiring that all new town buildings and major renovations meet LEED certification standards. Upgrades and minor repairs to town-owned or town-funded facilities are also required to be consistent with LEED certification standards. The requirements can be overturned with approval by two-thirds of the Town Council.
City/Town
In effect
Franklin Municipal Code, Article IV, Section 305-22, Ordinance 02-08
Franklin, NH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007 the City of Franklin adopted Ordinance 02-08, creating a density bonus for buildings or historic restoration and/or renovations that earn LEED certification. New construction must earn at least 45 LEED points, and renovations must earn at least 55 LEED for Existing Buildings points to be granted a density bonus of up to 20%.
City/Town
In effect
Derry Clean Energy and Environmental Initiative, Derry Municipal Code, Article VI, Section 5.34
Derry, NH
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Town of Derry enacted a policy requiring all new construction, and all major renovations to projects funded in full or in part by the Town to meet basic LEED certification standards. Upgrades and repairs will additionally be consistent with LEED certification standards. The policy also stipulates that the Town shall strive to meet higher LEED certification standards when feasible.
City/Town
In effect
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
Elapsed
Millville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Article XIX, Section 30-231, Ordinance 21-2009
Millville, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Millville adopted Ordinance 21-2009, granting new mixed-use, riverfront projects eligibility to earn a density bonus if (among other items) they incorporate green building techniques into a project's design and construction, and aim to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Princeton Community Master Plan
Princeton, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Princeton Borough and Township amended the Princeton Community Master Plan to encourage the use of LEED in the design, construction, and operation of all public facilities and publicly-funded projects.
City/Town
In effect
Park Ridge Municipal Code, Article XIIIC, Ordinance 2010-017
Park Ridge, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Borough of Park Ridge adopted Ordinance 2010-017, requiring all developments and redevelopments in the Neighborhood Business Zone to be compatible with the principles of LEED for Neighborhood Development. Projects are encouraged to incorporate a number of sustainability features into buildings and sites, including LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Maple Shade Municipal Code, Article VIII, Section 205-33, Ordinance 2008-02
Maple Shade, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Township of Maple Shade adopted Ordinance 2008-02, encouraging new construction in business development districts to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Wayne Township Municipal Code, Article III, Section 134-49, Ordinance 52-2009
Wayne Township, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Wayne Township Council adopted Ordinance 52-2009, which encourages new developments in the Wayne Transit Zone to pursue LEED certification. All projects within the Transit Zone Planning Area are required to submit an application to USGBC to build the project under LEED standards. If approved, the project is required to comply with LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
Hardyston Municipal Code, Chapter 185, Article XXVI, Section 185-124
Hardyston, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Township of Hardyston adopted a policy encouraging the use of green building practices and LEED in the village center district.
City/Town
In effect
Montville Township Municipal Code, Chapter 230, Article XVIII, Section 230-96
Montville Township, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, Montville Township adopted a policy encouraging construction in the Route 202 Corridor West Zoning District to follow LEED guidelines to the greatest extent feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Woolwich Municipal Code, Chapter 203, Part 2, Article XXII, Section 203-158
Woolwich Township, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Woolwich Township Committee adopted a policy encouraging new construction and major renovation projects to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Woodbury Municipal Code, Chapter 202, Article XIV, Section 202-81.6, Ordinance 2110-09
Woodbury, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Woodbury adopted Ordinance 2110-09, encouraging new construction projects to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Hillsborough Township Code, Article V, Chapter 188, Section 188-3, Ordinance 2007-25
Hillsborough, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Hillsborough Township adopted Ordinance 2007-25, requiring all new development located within the town center district to earn LEED certification. The policy also stipulates that a LEED AP must be a principal member of the project's design team, and that a LEED scorecard must be submitted as part of the project plan. Additions less than 50% of existing gross floor area are exempt from the certification requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Robbinsville Municipal Code, Article IV, Chapter 142-23
Robbinsville, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, Robbinsville Township adopted Chapter 142-23, establishing performance and design standards that encourage buildings within the Highway Commercial Zone to earn LEED certification, if feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Millville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Article XVIII, Section 30-208, Ordinance 29-2008
Millville, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Millville adopted Ordinance 29-2008, encouraging hotel developers to incorporate green building techniques into building design and construction and to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Fair Lawn Municipal Code, Section 125-47.1, Ordinance 2177-2010
Fair Lawn, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Borough of Fair Lawn adopted Ordinance 2177-2010, requiring all commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential buildings to incorporate green building practices into new construction. Practices should be followed even if a building is not seeking to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Stratford Municipal Code, Title 16, Section 16.40.140, Ordinance 2007:13
Stratford, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Borough of Stratford adopted Ordinance 2007:13, encouraging developers to adhere to LEED green building principles and to earn the highest level of LEED certification feasible.
City/Town
In effect
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.
State
In effect
Executive Order 24
NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Governor of New Jersey enacted Executive Order 24, requiring all new schools to incorporate LEED guidelines to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
City/Town
In effect
Howell Municipal Code, Article XXV, Ordinance O-10-12
Howell, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, Howell Township adopted Ordinance O-10-12, which encourages developers to submit a LEED scorecard as part of the development application.
City/Town
Repealed
Stafford Municipal Code, Chapter 130-63
Stafford, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Stafford Township adopted Chapter 130-63, requiring all major site plan and major subdivision applications to employ sustainable development methods, materials and practices in buildings design and construction. All proposed projects as part of any major site plan or major subdivision application shall achieve LEED certification. The policy was repealed in 2015 by Ordinance 2015-08.
City/Town
Amended
Taos Building Code, Ordinance 09-03
Taos, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Taos Town Council adopted Ordinance 09-03, requiring all new commercial buildings over 6,000 square feet to earn LEED certification and achieve at least three credits in the water conservation category. The ordinance was amended in 2010, requiring that all new commercial buildings earn LEED certification. Renovations that increase the building's size by at least 50% are subject to these requirements.
State
In effect
Nevada SB 395
NV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Nevada enacted SB 395, which contains a provision requiring the State Public Works Board to adopt standards and performance guidelines concerning the efficient use of water and energy for state-owned and operated buildings. The legislation permits LEED as a compliance option.
City/Town
In effect
Residential Design Incentive System, North Las Vegas Municipal Code, Chapter 17, Section 17.24.090
North Las Vegas, NV
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of North Las Vegas adopted a policy granting projects that earn LEED for Homes certification for 75% of the buildings within a development 1.25 density points towards the minimum required points total. Projects that earn each additional level of LEED (Silver, Gold, or Platinum) are granted an additional 0.25 points per level. Developers must achieve density points in three categories: building and site design, site amenities, and mixed-income development.
City/Town
Amended
Las Vegas Green Building Program
Las Vegas, NV
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Las Vegas enacted the Green Building Resolution in 2006, requiring newly constructed or renovated buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2009, the city updated its Green Building Program, adding incentives for new construction and retrofits of residential and commercial buildings. New residential construction projects pursuing LEED for Homes or a city-approved alternative certification are eligible for promotional materials, $1,000 towards expedited plan checks, a $500 fee reduction, a $500 new green building construction incentive per home, and a $1,000 refund if the project earned LEED certifications. New commercial buildings pursuing LEED, LEED for Core and Shell, LEED for Commercial Interiors, or LEED for Neighborhood Development certifications are eligible for promotional materials, $1,000 towards expedited plan checks, a $5,000 fee reduction, a $500 new green building construction incentive and up to a $10,000 LEED refund (25% for LEED certified, 50% for LEED Silver certification and 100% for LEED Gold/Platinum certification).
State
Repealed
Nevada Green Building Tax Abatement Program
NV
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Nevada enacted AB 621, amending provisions of tax abatements and exemptions based on energy use and repeals certain prospective energy requirements for public buildings. AB 621 creates a three-tiered property tax exemption plan, with a maximum exemption of 35% for any private building that earns LEED Silver certification or higher, excluding single-family homes and residential structures three stories or fewer. The legislation also removed sales tax exemptions for products or materials used in the construction of eligible buildings. In 2013, the State of Nevada adopted Assembly Bill 239, reviving the tax incentive for LEED-certified buildings and expanding its scope to investments in improving existing buildings. LEED-certified new construction may receive up to a 35% reduction on property tax payable for 5-10 years. Renovations to existing buildings that achieve LEED certification receive a 25-35% reduction, based on level of certification earned, property tax abatement for one year.
City/Town
In effect
Affordable Housing Density Bonus, Henderson Municipal Code, Title 19, Chapter 19.10
Henderson, NV
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Henderson established an affordable housing density bonus. Earning LEED certification may quality a project for a density bonus.
State
In effect
Nevada AB 3
NV
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the State of Nevada enacted Assembly Bill 3, requiring all state-funded buildings earn LEED certification, or a state-approved alternative standard. During each biennium, at least two occupied public buildings whose construction will be sponsored or financed by the State of Nevada must be designated as a demonstration project and be equivalent to a LEED Silver certification, or an equivalent standard. The legislation also grants tax abatement incentives for properties with LEED Silver-certified buildings, and tax exemptions for products or materials used to construct a LEED Silver-certified buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Reno Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Article III, Ordinance 6171
Reno, NV
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of Reno adopted Ordinance 6171, encouraging projects to meet LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
Carson City Municipal Code, Title 18, Division 6, Downtown Mixed-use District
Carson City, NV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Carson City enacted an ordinance requiring all residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings to meet LEED certification criteria. A LEED scorecard must be submitted as a part of the design review process.
City/Town
In effect
North Las Vegas Municipal Code, Title 17, Chapter 24
North Las Vegas, NV
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of North Las Vegas enacted a policy requiring buildings to comply with LEED for Homes, or a city-approved alternative certification or standard. Buildings with a cool or green roof are additionally eligible for a floor-area bonus of 1.5 times the allowable gross floor area of the roof or an increase in height of one story over the maximum allowable height. If the roof is open to the public, the density/height bonus may be doubled. Moreover, projects that restore a natural area are granted double open space for the restored area.
City/Town
In effect
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.
County
Repealed
Resolution 429-07
Sullivan County, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Sullivan County Legislature adopted Resolution 429-07, requiring all new county facilities to meet LEED guidelines.
County
Replaced
Resolution 126-2006
Suffolk County, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Suffolk County adopted Resolution 126-2006, requiring the Department of Public Works to apply LEED standards for new construction projects that cost greater than $1,000,000 and new renovation projects of more than $1,000,000. No appropriations will be made for a project unless it plans to earn certification. This policy was replaced by Resolution 551-2008, which applies the LEED requirement to new construction or renovation "built to suit" for long-term lease by the County as well.
City/Town
In effect
Brookhaven Municipal Code, Chapter 85, Article XLI, Section 85-499
Brookhaven, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Brookhaven adopted a policy offering a partial building permit fee refund contingent on the level of LEED certification earned. The city also offers a 45% refund for LEED-certified buildings, a 50% refund for LEED Silver-certified buildings, a 55% refund for LEED Gold-certified buildings, and a 60% refund for Platinum-certified buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Brewster Village Code, Chapter 182
Brewster Village, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Brewster Village City Council adopted a policy requiring non-residential buildings to minimize adverse impacts on the surrounding area, to comply with state and city ordinances pertaining to storm water, to control erosion and sedimentation, and to incorporate LEED standards to the maximum extent possible in order to be approved by the Planning Board. As of July 2020, the requirement is now located in Chapter 182, Article I, Section 182-1 j.
City/Town
In effect
Brookhaven Municipal Code, Chapter 85, Article XXI, Section 85-229
Brookhaven, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Brookhaven City Council adopted a policy offering an increase in floor area ratio to large commercial retailers that earn LEED certification. Projects that earn LEED certification may be granted a 17% floor area ratio increase, projects that earn LEED Silver certification may be granted an 18% floor area ratio increase, projects that earn LEED Gold certification may be granted a 19% floor area ratio increase, and projects that earn LEED Platinum certification may be granted a 20% floor area ratio increase.
City/Town
Repealed
Rhinebeck Municipal Code, Chapter 125, Article V, Section 125-61
Rhinebeck, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Rhinebeck adopted a policy encouraging the use of LEED or an equivalent standard for commercial, office, and multi-family residential buildings larger than 4,000 square feet. Building permit applicants were required to complete a LEED or LEED for Homes checklist. The policy also stipulated that within one year of adoption, all municipal buildings were required to earn LEED certification, and within three years LEED Silver certifications. All covered residential or non-residential projects are required to earn LEED certification within three years. The policy was repealed in 2016 by Local Law 1-2016.
State
In effect
Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act of 2013, New York AB A8101, Chapter 174
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 174, which states the State Gaming Board's decision to weigh gaming facilities license applications based on workforce enhancement factors, including new or existing facilities that earn LEED certification.
State
In effect
Green Building Construction Act
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of New York enacted the Green Building Construction Act, which requires that construction and substantial renovation of State buildings comply with green building standards established by the Office of General Services. The Office of General Services may consult the green construction requirements, such as LEED, when creating their own green building requirements.
City/Town
In effect
East Aurora Green Building Standards, East Aurora Municipal Code, Chapter 108, Section 12
East Aurora, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Village of East Aurora adopted the East Aurora Green Building Standards, which require all city-owned buildings to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 27-R
Syracuse, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Mayor of Syracuse issued a proclamation directing the City to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability relevant to the scope of new construction or major renovation through LEED certification, unless this cannot be accomplished on a cost effective basis. The proclamation encourages all facilities and buildings to achieve higher LEED rating levels, if feasible.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 494
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 494, authorizing the state to consult high performance buildings standards such as LEED when creating building program and providing relevant services.
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.
County
In effect
Monroe County Green Building Policy
Monroe County, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Monroe County Executive adopted a policy requiring new county buildings and major renovations larger than 5,000 square feet to adhere to LEED standards. The policy also directs Monroe County Industrial Development Agency to extend tax abatement from 10 to 14 years and to adopt more green building incentives to encourage LEED certification in private development.
City/Town
In effect
Pleasant Valley Municipal Code, Chapter 98, Article IV, Section 98-31, 47
Pleasant Valley, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Pleasant Valley adopted a policy encouraging new residential and commercial projects in the Hamlet District to comply with LEED or other nationally-recognized certifications.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 441
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of New York enacted a policy establishing a tax exemption in cities with a population between 130,000-160,000 people for the rehabilitation of vacant residential structures or construction of new residential structures that earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Tuckahoe Municipal Code, Part II, Appendix A, Article IV, Section 4-8.5
Tuckahoe Village, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Village of Tuckahoe enacted a policy that provides commercial construction projects designed to LEED standards eligibility for a density bonus up to 2.0 additional floor area ratio, or a height bonus up to 10 additional feet (depending on the project).
City/Town
In effect
Altamont Municipal Code, Chapter 355, Article IV, Section 355-21
Altamont, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Village of Altamont adopted a policy offering up to a 20% density bonus to developers that use sustainable building methods for new construction by building, citing, and constructing a building according to LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
Babylon Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 89, Article VIII, Section 89-86
Babylon, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Town of Babylon adopted a resolution requiring all applicants for a building permit for any new construction of commercial, office, industrial, multi-family residential, or senior citizen resident buildings over 4,000 square feet to submit a LEED checklist and pay a fee of $0.03 per square foot of the project (not to exceed $15,000) to the Town of Babylon's Green Building Fund. An applicant who earns LEED certification shall have the fees refunded.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 188
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 188, authorizing municipalities to waive property taxes for green buildings for ten years, and providing exemptions for construction improvements that meet LEED certification standards.
City/Town
In effect
Green Building Standards for Town-Owned Buildings, Local Law 32-2008
Riverhead, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Town of Riverhead adopted Local Law 32-2008, requiring all town-owned buildings and facilities to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Southampton Local Law 34-2007
Southampton, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Village of Southampton adopted Local Law 34-2007, providing an increase in max floor area up to 25% for buildings in the Airport Commercial/Industrial Planned Development District that earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Warwick Municipal Code, Chapter 164, Article IV, Section 164-41.1
Warwick, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the City of Warwick enacted a policy providing a density bonus for residential cluster developments that earn LEED for Homes certification, or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
New York City Local Law 87
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, New York City enacted Local Law 87, requiring buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to complete energy auditing and retro-commissioning. Buildings certified under LEED for Existing Buildings are exempt from the requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Peekskill Local Law 5-2008
Peekskill, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Peekskill adopted Local Law 5-2008, creating standards for hotels and motels pursuing LEED certification in certain districts. New hotel and motel construction projects pursuing LEED certification must adhere to the specified requirements such as providing at least 50 rooms, a maximum floor area ratio of 1.2, and submit proof of LEED registration, a LEED project checklist and a completed LEED certification application.
City/Town
In effect
Lloyd Municipal Code, Chapter 100, Section L-12
Lloyd, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Lloyd adopted a policy encouraging all new building construction projects to use materials and systems that meet LEED standards.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 129
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 129, allowing LEED-certified residential buildings to be exempt from capital improvements in cities with a population between 27,500-28,000 people. LEED-certified and LEED Silver-certified buildings are granted a three-year exemption, to the extent that 100% of the increase in assessed property value can be attributable to reconstruction. LEED Gold-certified structures are granted a four-year exemption, and LEED Platinum-certified buildings are granted a six-year exemption.
City/Town
In effect
Queensbury Local Law 3-2009
Queensbury, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Queensbury adopted Local Law 3-2009, granting a density bonus for planned unit developments. For the inclusion of one LEED-certified dwelling, one additional dwelling may be added as a density bonus provided that the additional unit is LEED-certified.
City/Town
In effect
Malta Local Law 10-2007
Malta, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Malta adopted Local Law 10-2007, requiring all projects applying for the establishment of a Planned Development District to contain a review of possible construction design and management in compliance with LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Blooming Grove Municipal Code, Chapter 235, Article VA, Section 235-14.1
Blooming Grove, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the City of Blooming Grove adopted a policy offering projects the opportunity to increase base lot count by up to 10% if LEED certification or a city-approved alternative standard is earned.
City/Town
In effect
Southampton Municipal Code, Article III, Section 43-14, Local Law 2-2010
Southampton, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Village of Southampton adopted Local Law 2-2010, which offers a refund of 0.25% of a commercial or residential project's total construction cost if earns LEED certification.
State
Elapsed
NY A10684
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of New York enacted A10684, authorizing the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create and administer a green residential building grant program to encourage the construction of new homes and the renovation of existing homes that follow green building standards and criteria based on LEED for Homes. NYSERDA was authorized to provide incentives to qualified owners between 2010-2013.
State
Elapsed
New York State Green Building Tax Credit Program
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the New York State Green Building Tax Credit Program was created to provide an income tax incentive to commercial developments incorporating specific green strategies informed by LEED. As of 2011, individuals or businesses can no longer earn a new green building credit, but they may claim a green building credit carryover from previous years.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 14
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 14, authorizing municipalities to waive property taxes for green homes and commercial buildings. Cities and towns adopting the new measure will take LEED-certified properties off their tax rolls for up to six years. Tax exemptions are based on LEED certification level, and phase out over a period of 7-10 years.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 446-2007
Cincinnati, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Cincinnati City Council adopted Ordinance 446-2007, providing an automatic 100% real property tax exemption of the assessed property value for newly-constructed or rehabilitated commercial or residential properties that earn LEED certifications. Buildings that earn LEED, LEED Silver, or LEED Gold certifications can receive a real property tax abatement up to $500,000. LEED Platinum-certified buildings do not have a limit. The property tax exemption period is 15 years for new residential, commercial, or industrial buildings; 12 years for renovated commercial and industrial buildings and renovated residential buildings with 4 or more units; and 10 years for renovated residential buildings with 1-3 units. The ordinance was repealed by Ordinance 502-2012.
City/Town
In effect
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
Resolution 7746-03
Lakewood, OH
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the Lakewood City Council adopted Resolution 7746-03, requiring the construction and operation of city facilities and city-funded projects to incorporate LEED guidelines into construction to the greatest extent practicable. The resolution also encourages private sector projects to seek LEED certification.
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
Repealed
Ordinance 274-2006
Cincinnati, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Cincinnati City Council adopted Ordinance 274-2006, providing an automatic tax exemption and 100% exemption of the assessed property value for new or retrofitted commercial or residential buildings that incorporate LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
Cincinnati Residential Tax Abatement, Ordinance 502-2012
Cincinnati, Ohio
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Cincinnati City Council adopted a policy providing new and retrofitted residential buildings in Community Reinvestment Areas eligibility for a 100% real property tax exemption for a period of 10-15 years (10 years for renovations & 15 years for new construction). Buildings that earn LEED, LEED Silver, or LEED Gold certifications may receive a real property tax abatement of up to $562,000, depending on the level of certification earned. LEED Platinum-certified buildings are eligible to receive a no-limit max abatement. Property tax abatement is available for any increased valuation that results from improvements to the property for new construction and renovation.
City/Town
In effect
Oklahoma Municipal Code, Chapter 59, Article XIII, Section 15-135000
Oklahoma City, OK
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Oklahoma City Council updated their codified ordinances, encouraging construction projects located in the Scenic River Overlay Design District to use sustainable building materials, including materials that meet LEED standards.
State
In effect
Oklahoma HB 3394
OK
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of Oklahoma enacted HB 3394, requiring all new state buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to follow LEED guidelines.
State
In effect
Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 330, Division 90
OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the State of Oregon adopted Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 330, Division 90, establishing a Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) for up to 35% of the eligible cost of qualifying renewable energy resource facilities. Eligible facilities include: an energy saving facility, recycling facility, rental dwelling weatherization facility, transportation facility, car sharing facility, sustainable building practices facility, alternative fuel vehicle or facilities necessary to operate alternative fuel vehicles, a high-efficiency combined heat and power facility, a high-performance home, a homebuilder-installed renewable energy system or a research development and demonstration facility that complies with the rules in place. A Sustainable Building Practices Facility means a a building that LEED-certified, or is rated and certified by a program approved by the Oregon Department of Energy. In addition to achieving LEED certification, a facility must also earn at least two points under LEED Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1 (Optimize Energy Performance) and at least one point under LEED Energy and Atmosphere Credit 3 (Enhanced Commissioning).
City/Town
In effect
Central Point Municipal Code, Chapter 17.67
Central Point, OR
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Central Point enacted a city charter that strongly encourages sustainable design practices and standards, recommending that industry accepted standards, such as LEED.
City/Town
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
Westtown Municipal Code, Article XX, Section 70-2009, Ordinance 2008-1
Westtown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Westtown Township adopted Ordinance 2008-1, giving strong consideration to construction site plan applicants that incorporate design principals consistent with LEED.
City/Town
Repealed
Lower Moreland Municipal Code, Chapter 208-166, Ordinance 628-166
Lower Moreland, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Township of Lower Moreland adopted Ordinance 628, stating that site layout and dimensional regulations 1,000 square feet of building floor area that achieves LEED certification or an equivalent environmental certification, an additional 300 square feet of building coverage shall be allowed above the maximum. Where the applicant proposes to qualify for the building coverage bonus using a green building rating system other than LEED, the applicant shall demonstrate that the applicant's green building ranking is commensurate with the certification or higher level awarded under LEED.
City/Town
In effect
College Township Municipal Code, Article VI, Section 200-27.2, Ordinance O-09-01
College Township, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, College Township adopted Ordinance O-09-01, granting medical facilities pursuing LEED certification a reduction in the town's open space requirement. The requirement to devote a minimum of 50% of the project gross area to open space will be reduced by the square footage of the LEED-certified building.
State
In effect
Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance, Executive Order 2019-01
PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2019, the Governor of Pennsylvania issued Executive Order 2019-01, requiring all agencies to reduce energy consumption, such as by earning LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Pittsburgh Sustainable Development Bonuses, Pittsburgh Municipal Code, Chapter 915.06E
Pittsburgh, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Pittsburgh City Council enacted a policy granting a density bonus of an additional 20% Floor Area Ratio and an additional variance of 20% of the permitted height for all projects that earn LEED for New Construction or LEED for Core and Shell certifications. The density bonus is available in all non-residential zoning districts.
State
In effect
Pennsylvania Act 46
PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted Act 46, amending school construction reimbursement rates for Pennsylvania Public Schools, specifically adjusting the approved building construction cost of LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum-certified school by providing an extra $470 per pupil as determined by the board of educations rated pupil capacity in elementary schools, and $620 per pupil in secondary schools.
City/Town
In effect
Allegheny Township Municipal Code, Article XIIIB, Section 250-107.37
Allegheny, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Township of Allegheny adopted the Town Center District Ordinance, granting new construction projects that install a green roof, in accordance with LEED guidelines, a lot cover increase up to 20% of the total green roof area. Projects using porous asphalt or pavers may receive a lot coverage increase of up to 5% of the total surface area of both paved areas and building roofs.
City/Town
Elapsed
West Chester Municipal Code, Chapter 112, Article VII, Section 112-33.1
West Chester, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Borough of West Chester required Town Center District developments within the HO-60 Overlay District to meet ENERGY STAR standards. LEED-certified buildings are exempt from this requirement.
State
In effect
Reading Municipal Code, Chapter 600, Section 600-918, Ordinance 47-2010
Reading, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Reading adopted Ordinance 47-2010, granting buildings that earn LEED certification an additional 300 square feet per 1,000 square feet of the development.
State
In effect
Rhode Island Lead by Example Program, Executive Order 15-17
RI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, the Governor of Rhode Island issued Executive Order 15-17, establishing the Lead By Example Program within the state's Office of Energy Resources. The EO also directs the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to develop a standard of building operations and maintenance, which may be achieved through LEED certification.
State
Amended
Rhode Island Green Buildings Act
RI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Rhode Island enacted the Rhode Island Green Building Act. The Act requires all major facility projects of public agencies to achieve LEED certification, an or equivalent building certification. It also requires all major facility projects of public school districts where the project receives funding from the state entering the design phase after January 1, 2010, to achieve LEED Certified or the Northeast Collaborative for High-Performance Schools Protocol. The law was amended in 2017 to include LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) and the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) as applicable standards for the sustainable development of real public property beyond physical buildings. In 2022, the Green Buildings Act was amended again to include public buildings, public structures and public real property of cities and local governments.
State
In effect
Executive Order 05-14
RI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Governor of Rhode Island issued Executive Order 05-14 requiring all new construction and renovations of public buildings to be designed and constructed to earn LEED certification, or a state-approved equivalent high performance green building standard. All major facility projects of public school districts are also required to be designed and constructed to LEED certification standard, or to a state-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2008-05
Charleston, SC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Charleston adopted Resolution 2008-05, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
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.
State
In effect
Tennessee SB 1919
TN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Tennessee enacted SB 1919, revising statutes governing housing authorities to expand opportunities for redevelopment. The revised statute permits housing authorities to finance additional investments in green building and energy efficiency, and specifically any costs related to modeling, documentation and certification fees for LEED.
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
Repealed
Ordinance 2007-13
Germantown, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor of Germantown adopted Ordinance 2007-13, requiring all new municipal construction to earn LEED certification. The policy applies to municipal buildings with at least 60% of occupied space. The policy additionally provides a density bonus of one additional story for private construction in Smart Growth Zones T4, T5 and T6 with proof of LEED certification. The policy has since been repealed.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance BL2008-217
Nashville, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Nashville City Council approved Ordinance #BL2008-217, establishing a green permit for new residential and commercial buildings. In order to receive a green certificate of occupancy, commercial buildings must earn LEED certification, specifically requiring WEc3.1 (20% Water Use Reduction). Residential buildings are required to submit proof of LEED certification or a city-approved alternative. The ordinance was repealed in 2011.
City/Town
In effect
Collierville Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 151.154, Ordinance 2008-17
Collierville, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Collierville passed Ordinance 2008-17, requiring planned development districts to pursue environmental design and construction methods, such as LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2004-15
Houston, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Houston City Council adopted Resolution 2004-15, requiring that all city owned buildings and facilities larger than 10,000 square feet use LEED standards to the greatest extent practical and reasonable, with a target of earning LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Houston LEED tax abatement, Houston Municipal Code, Section 44-131, Ordinance 2014-245
Houston, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the Houston City Council adopted Ordinance 2014-245, incentivizing new or retrofitted commercial buildings to earn LEED certification by offering a partial tax abatement for the incremental investment associated with obtaining certification. The minimum investment required for eligibility is at least $1 million for LEED Platinum certification and at least $10 million for LEED certification. The agreement is effective for up to 10 years.
City/Town
In effect
Plano LEED Certification Policy
Plano, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Plano adopted a policy requiring municipal projects to achieve the highest level of LEED certification possible.
City/Town
In effect
El Paso Green Building Grant Program
El Paso, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the El Paso City Council adopted the Green Building Grant Program, providing grants for commercial projects greater than 5,000 square feet and multi-family, multi-story residential projects that earn LEED certification. Grants are awarded only upon receipt of a certificate of occupancy and review of LEED certification wherein ten (10) of the seventeen (17) available points in Energy & Atmosphere credit category must be earned. Maximum grant allowance is $200,000 for LEED Platinum for new construction and $400,000 for LEED Platinum for "multistory existing buildings" that are mixed use and that have been 50% vacant for 5 years, or as further defined by the City. The policy was revised in 2012, lowering the minimum investment requirement for construction, renovation, or remodeling of a building project to $500,000, increasing the funding award level for multistory existing buildings, downtown buildings, and transit-oriented buildings that meet a minimum building square footage requirement of 8,600 square feet, and providing a 20% first installment of the anticipated grant award to approved applicants.
City/Town
In effect
Dallas Green Ordinance, Ordinance 27131
Dallas, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Dallas passed a Green Building Ordinance, requiring all new buildings to meet higher efficiency standards than current building energy codes. New residential buildings (one or two family homes) must meet minimum energy consumption required by the Dallas Energy Conservation Code. In Phase 2, all new buildings must comply with the Dallas Green Construction Code and be certifiable under the LEED for Homes standard. Commercial buildings that have less than 50,000 square feet of flooring must meet minimum energy consumption required by the Dallas Energy Conservation Code. Buildings larger than 50,000 square feet must submit a LEED scorecard demonstrating that they have incorporated a number of LEED credits.
County
Elapsed
Harris County Green Building Tax Abatement
Harris County, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Harris County Commissioners Court enacted an ordinance establishing a partial tax abatement for costs incurred by developers to certify under the appropriate LEED rating system. Buildings that achieve LEED certification are eligible for a tax abatement of 1% of the construction costs. Buildings with higher ratings may receive higher discounts: Projects earning Platinum certification are eligible for a tax abatement of 10% of construction costs. Silver- and Gold-certified projects may earn an abatement of 2.5% and 5%, respectively. The ordinance was re-adopted by Commissioners Court in 2014 and ran until 2016. The ordinance was re-adopted in 2016 and remained in force until 2018.
City/Town
Amended
League City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 125, Article IV, Section 125-90 f., Ordinance 2009-34
League City, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, League City adopted Ordinance 2009-34, permitting flat roofs on limited service hotels and residence hotels projects are LEED certified or have substantive rooftop amenities such as gardens and restaurants. The ordinance was amended by Ordinance 2019-17, eliminating the LEED certification requirement after December 31, 2022.
City/Town
In effect
Charlottesville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Division 4, Special Tax Rate for Energy-Efficient Buildings
Charlottesville, VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
The City of Charlottesville offers a one-time reduced tax rate of 50% on buildings that meet or exceed the energy performance standards of LEED, or a city-approved alternative standard.
State
In effect
Code of Virginia, 58.1, 322.1, HB 239
VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of Virginia enacted HB 239, declaring energy efficient buildings to be a separate class of taxation from other real property. The code provides a tax benefit for energy efficient buildings, as defined in the code as meeting LEED performance standards - or the standards in other state-approved certifications.
City/Town
In effect
Roanoke Municipal Code, Chapter 32, Division 9, Ordinance 37768
Roanoke, VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Roanoke adopted Ordinance 37768, creating a separate tax status and rate for certain energy-efficient buildings, including buildings that meet or exceed LEED performance standards.
City/Town
In effect
City of Fredericksburg LEED Certification and City Building Construction Projects
Fredericksburg, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Fredericksburg adopted a policy requiring all new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings achieve LEED certification.
City/Town
Amended
Chesapeake Administrative Regulation 4.18
Chesapeake, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Chesapeake adopted Administrative Regulation 4.18, requiring all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. In 2012, the policy was amended to encourage, but not require LEED certification.
County
Amended
Fairfax County Green Building Policy
Fairfax County, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Fairfax County adopted a Green Building Policy, which encourages residential, retail, office and other projects to follow LEED guidelines and to pursue certification. The policy was amended in 2014 to encourage industrial buildings to follow LEED guidelines, and to raise the level of recommended LEED certification in high-density areas.
State
In effect
Virginia High Performance Buildings Act
VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted Chapter 793, requiring an executive branch agency or institution entering the design phase for the construction of a new building greater than 5,000 square feet to conform to the Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards, which incorporate LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
Charlottesville Green Building Policy
Charlottesville, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Charlottesville City Council adopted a resolution promoting the use of green building practices. The resolution stipulates that LEED will be used to guide the design and construction process for all major City-owned buildings and renovation projects, but does not require certification with GBCI.
City/Town
In effect
Herndon Municipal Code, Article XI, Section 78-113.2 Ordinance 09-O-11
Herndon, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Herndon adopted Ordinance 09-O-011, establishing open space requirements for new developments. Achieving LEED's green roof credit is a compliance option for satisfying the open space requirement.
State
In effect
Virginia Chapter 806
VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted Chapter 806, requiring that all new and majorly renovated (above 50% of the structures assessed value) state-owned facilities over 5,000 square feet be designed and constructed in a manner consistent with energy performance standards at least as stringent as LEED.
State
In effect
Executive Order 48
VA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order 48, instructing all state agencies and institutions constructing state-owned facilities over 5,000 gross square feet, and renovations valued at 50% of the assessed building value, to be designed and constructed consistent with energy performance standards at least as stringent as LEED or Energy Star. The EO also instructs the Commonwealth to give preference when leasing facilities for state use to facilities meeting LEED or Energy Star.
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
Wenatchee Municipal Code, Chapter 10.42
Wenatchee, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Wenatchee enacted Chapter 10.42, allowing planned affordable housing developments that follow LEED standards and that provide good indoor air quality, conserve energy and water, reduce waste generation, and use materials that are less detrimental to the environment eligibility for a 10% density bonus.
City/Town
Elapsed
Bainbridge Housing Design Demonstration Project, Ordinance 2009-06
Bainbridge Island, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Bainbridge Island Mayor and City Council approved Ordinance 2009-06, requiring Housing Design Demonstration Projects to submit proof of registration with a green building rating system, including LEED, and to provide proof of certification. In 2012, the City Council extended the program's sunset date for two more years, to August 26, 2014.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 09-032
Spokane Valley, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Spokane Valley adopted Ordinance 09-032, granting affordable housing developments seeking LEED certification to increase their underlying base density by 10%.
City/Town
In effect
Redmond Green Building and Green Infrastructure Incentive Program, Ordinance 2447
Redmond, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Redmond City Council enacted Ordinance 2447, establishing the Green Building and Green Infrastructure Incentive Program. Residential projects incorporating green building strategies are allocated points for each sustainability feature included. The number of points awarded corresponds to available incentives, which include expedited permitting, city recognition, lot size reduction, and density bonuses. LEED-certified projects are eligible for the incentives.
City/Town
In effect
Anacortes Municipal Code, Chapter 15.45, Ordinance 2814
Anacortes, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Anacortes adopted Ordinance 2814, granting LEED-certified multi-family housing developments in residential target areas eligibility for an eight-year property tax exemption.
City/Town
In effect
Shaw-East Pioneer Overlay Zones, Ordinance 2937
Puyallup, WA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Puyallup enacted Ordinance 2937, encouraging new construction located in Shaw-East Pioneer overlay zones to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Newcastle Municipal Code, Chapter 18.36
Newcastle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In the City of Newcastle, projects located within a community business center overlay zone that provide a public benefit are eligible for a density bonus. Projects that achieve LEED certification may increase FAR by 0.4, LEED Silver projects may increase FAR by 0.6, LEED Gold projects may increase FAR by 0.8, and LEED Platinum projects may increase FAR by 1.0. Developments determined by the director to meet LEED standards but not are formally certified may increase FAR by up to 50%.
State
In effect
High Performance Green Building Standards and Energy Conservation for State Facilities and Operations, Executive Order 145
WI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Governor of Wisconsin issued Executive Order 145, directing the Department of Administration to establish and adopt building construction and maintenance guidelines based on LEED for New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings. Any project that pursues LEED certification as part of the initial project request will be supported by Department of Administration.
City/Town
In effect
Morgantown Green Building Leadership Initiative
Morgantown, WV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Morgantown passed a resolution requiring construction or major renovations of city-owned, -managed, or -operated facilities and buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED certification.