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City/Town
Repealed
Anchorage Municipal Code Chapter 23.05, Ordinance 93
Anchorage, AK
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Anchorage Assembly adopted Ordinance 2008-93, requiring all new municipal buildings - including private construction for municipal leasing or renting - and major renovation of municipal buildings to earn LEED certification. In 2012, the code was amended to increase the minimum required certification level to LEED Silver. The ordinance also required all Anchorage public schools exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. To incentivize certification, building permitting fees for public and private projects were refunded: 10% for projects that earned LEED certification, 15% for projects that earned LEED Silver, 22.5% for projects that earned LEED Gold, and 35% for projects that earned LEED Platinum. The ordinance was repealed in 2011 by Ordinance 2011-4(S-1).
City/Town
In effect
City of Chandler Green Building Program, Resolution 4199
Chandler, AZ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Chandler City Council adopted Resolution #4199, requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also requires renovations of municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet follow LEED guidelines. Moreover, private projects that register with the intent to earn LEED Silver certification are granted expedited plan review and certification fee reimbursements. LEED and LEED Silver-certified projects are eligible for a 50% fee reimbursement, and LEED Gold and LEED Platinum-certified projects are eligible for a 100% fee reimbursement. The City notes certified projects on the Chandler Green Building Program Participant list and through signage.
City/Town
In effect
Mesa Municipal Code, Title 11, Article 3, Chapter 21
Mesa, AZ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
Projects seeking a permit in Mesa's Bonus Intensity Zone (BIZ) Overlay District must comply with a combination of criteria, including by earning LEED Silver certification.
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
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
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
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
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
Repealed
Livermore Municipal Code, Chapter 15.76
Livermore, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Livermore City Council adopted a policy requiring all commercial and residential projects to submit a LEED or GreenPoint checklist. The ordinance requires commercial developments to achieve at least 20 LEED points. Projects that register intent to achieve LEED certification may receive expedited review and reduced permit fees. In 2013, the Ordinance was replaced by California Title 24, with LEED designated as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
In effect
Sunnyvale Green Building Program
Sunnyvale, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2019, the City of Sunnyvale revised their green building standards, requiring non-residential projects between 5,000-30,000 square feet to comply with CALGreen mandatory measures and earn LEED Gold certification. Projects can receive a 10% floor area ratio bonus if at least 75 points are achieved with Design Phase Credits and it is built to be all-electric. Projects exceeding 30,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Gold certification, and have Design Phase credits approved by a LEED AP.
City/Town
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
Amended
Los Angeles Green Retrofit and Workforce Program, Ordinance 180636
Los Angeles, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
On April 8, 2009, the Los Angeles City Council adopted Ordinance 180636, creating the Green Retrofit and Workforce Program to support the retrofitting of all public buildings larger than 7,500 square feet or constructed prior to 1978, with the goal of meeting LEED Silver for Existing Buildings standards. The program prioritizes facilities posing substantial health and safety risks or located in areas of significant poverty and unemployment. This policy was amended on September 18, 2012.
City/Town
In effect
San Luis Obispo Municipal Code, Section 17.32, Ordinance 1509
San Luis Obispo, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the San Luis Obispo City Council adopted Ordinance 1509, to increase building height and intensity limits in the downtown - commercial zone for green building projects. The maximum height of 50 feet for construction within a downtown commercial zone may be increased to 75 feet if the development satisfies multiple performance standards, including by earning LEED Silver for New Construction or for Core & Shell.
City/Town
Replaced
Oakland Municipal Code, Chapter 15.35, Ordinance 12658
Oakland, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Oakland City Council adopted a policy requiring public building projects to achieve LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also promotes the use of green building strategies in private sector development by offering free technical assistance, green building guidelines and public promotion for qualified projects. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
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
Amended
Ordinance 9-6.407
Emeryville, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008 the Emeryville City Council adopted Ordinance 9-6.407, requiring new city facilities to earn LEED Silver certification. Private developments that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications are eligible for residential density, floor area ratio, and/or height bonuses.
City/Town
Repealed
San Rafael Municipal Code, Chapter 14.16.365, Ordinance 1853
San Rafael, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the San Rafael City Council adopted Ordinance 1853, requiring new or renovated public and commercial construction exceeding 5,000 square feet to meet the equivalent of LEED certification, as verified by a LEED AP. New or renovated commercial construction exceeding 30,000 square feet are also required to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2010, the policy was repealed by Ordinance 1879.
City/Town
In effect
El Cerrito Municipal Code, Chapter 19.23
El Cerrito, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of El Cerrito adopted an incentive program for construction projects, codified in Chapter 19.23 of the Zoning Code. Projects that achieve 50 points out 174 possible points may receive modifications to certain development standards and zoning requirements. LEED certified projects may earn up to 20 points towards the incentives.
City/Town
Elapsed
Lodi Municipal Code, Chapter 13.20, Ordinance 1820
Lodi, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Lodi City Council adopted Ordinance 1820, establishing an economic development rate for electrical services whereby industrial businesses that qualified for an economic development rate may receive up to a 5% discount off of the electrical bill for the new or expanded load if the new facilitates are LEED Silver-certified. This policy elapsed in 2011.
City/Town
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
Resolution 2005-050
Ventura, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
in 2005, the City of Ventura adopted Resolution 2005-050, establishing an expedited permitting program for private green building projects. To qualify, commercial and industrial buildings must comply with LEED certification standards. This resolution was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Simi Valley Municipal Code Chapter 9-31, Ordinance 1157
Simi Valley, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Simi Valley City Council adopted Ordinance 1157, reenacting Municipal Code Chapter 9-31, which provides a density bonus for affordable housing developments that exhibit public benefit - including achieving LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
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
Ordinance 07-762
West Hollywood, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City Council of West Hollywood enacted Ordinance 07-762, requiring residential and commercial projects to meet minimum energy conservation and renewable energy requirements. Applicable projects must earn a minimum number of points from the locally-developed West Hollywood Green Points program. Projects that earn LEED certification are exempt from the program's requirements.
City/Town
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.
City/Town
In effect
Cupertino Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance CP2007-01
Cupertino, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Cupertino City Council adopted a policy requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. Homeowners may also receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for having a LEED AP certify their home. In 2013, the City of Cupertino Green Building Ordinance took effect, requiring small residential and commercial projects to comply with the California Green Building Code (CALGreen). The policy also requires residential projects greater than 9 units and commercial projects larger than 25,000 square feet to earn LEED certification or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
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.
State
In effect
Jobs and Economic Improvement Through
Environmental Leadership Act of 2011, Chapter 354
CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the Governor of California enacted AB 354, authorizing the Governor to designate a project that is certified LEED Silver or higher, that has a 10% greater standard for transportation efficiency than for comparable projects and is located on an infill site as a leadership project for streamlining through the Environmental Impact Report pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
City/Town
In effect
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
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
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
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
Elapsed
San Francisco Planning Director's Bulletin 2006-02
San Francisco, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2006, the Director of the San Francisco Planning Department issued Director's Bulletin 2006-02, granting priority permit review to all new and renovated buildings that earn LEED Gold certification. The policy was updated in 2014 to reward a priority permit to projects that earn LEED Platinum certification, thereby exceeding the San Francisco Green Building Code requirements. In 2017, the priority processing incentive elapsed due to program capacity.
City/Town
In effect
Milpitas Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance 65.142
Milpitas, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, City of Milpitas adopted a Green Building Ordinance, requiring new City construction or renovations in buildings exceeding 25,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires new residential construction with five or more units to earn LEED for Homes certification, and non-residential construction projects between 25,000-50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification, and non-residential construction or renovations larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. Residential and non-residential buildings are granted priority plan review to incentivize exceeding the requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Sunnyvale Municipal Code, Title 39, Chapter 19.39, Ordinance 2894-09
Sunnyvale, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level:
In 2009, the Sunnyvale City Council adopted Ordinance 2894-09, requiring new residential and non-residential public or private buildings, as well as major renovations, to comply with green building standards. LEED may be used as an alternative compliance path provided that energy or other performance requirements are achieved. The ordinance also provides a floor area ratio bonus and a plaque for projects that comply.
City/Town
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.
County
In effect
Resolution 2008-44
San Miguel County, CO
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2008-44, establishing a new Prescriptive Energy Code and Green Building Standard which outlines energy and environmental standards to be met for new residential and commercial buildings and major renovations. LEED Silver-certified buildings that also receive a HERS rating equivalent to that required in the Green Building Standard for home size are exempt from the Prescriptive Energy Code and Green Building Standards. They will also receive expedited permitting. The Code also stipulates that all commercial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification. Commercial buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet must comply with the Prescriptive Code or earn LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2009-02
Mountain Village, CO
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2009, the Home Rule Municipality of Mountain Village Council adopted Ordinance 2009-02, adopting new prescriptive energy and green building standards. The ordinance covered all new residential and commercial construction. It allowed LEED Gold certified buildings with HERS rating equivalent to Green Building Standard requirements for home size to be exempt from both the Prescriptive Energy Code and the Green Building Standard and receive expedited status through the permitting process. The code also required all new commercial buildings 5,000 square feet or greater to achieve LEED Gold or higher. New commercial buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet were required comply with the prescriptive code or achieve LEED certification. The ordinance was repealed.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 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.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 13-308
CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2013, the State of Connecticut adopted Public Act 13-308, granting development fee reductions or waivers to projects that achieve LEED Gold on brownfield sites. Fee waivers will be awarded for projects moving into distressed communities.
City/Town
In effect
New Haven Municipal Code, Article, V, Section 43, Ordinance 1412
New Haven, CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of New Haven adopted Ordinance 1412, which stipulates that no building in a Business D-2 District may exceed 200 feet above average lot grade; however, buildings registered under LEED with intent to certify may have ten additional feet of height.
City/Town
Elapsed
Ordinance 272-9
Middletown, CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Middletown Common Council adopted Ordinance 272-9, granting commercial buildings that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications eligibility to receive a partial real estate tax exemption equal to a fixed amount of 10% of assessed value spread over two to seven years, depending upon the real estate value of improvements. LEED Silver-certified buildings that have less than $5 million assessed value will also be eligible for a partial real estate tax rebate of 10% spread over two to seven years, depending upon the real estate value of improvements. The policy has elapsed.
City/Town
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.
City/Town
In effect
Dover Municipal Code, Part II, Appendix B, Article 3, Section 27.2
Dover, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Dover City Council adopted a policy stating that LEED certification may be used to satisfy the requirements for corridor overlay zones as it contributes to a superior urban development and higher quality of the built environment.
City/Town
In effect
Coral Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 25, Article VI, Division 3, Ordinance 2009-106
Coral Springs, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Coral Springs City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-106, allowing projects pursuing LEED Silver certification to receive reduced setback and landscaping standards.
City/Town
Amended
Miami Beach Green Building Ordinance
Miami Beach, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Miami Beach City Commission adopted a Green Building Ordinance, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification and all existing municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. The policy was amended in 2016 to require new construction over 7,000 square feet or ground floor additions to existing structures that encompass more than 10,000 square feet of additional floor area to achieve LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved alternative certification. Eligible projects are required to pay a Sustainability Fee prior to obtaining a temporary certificate of occupancy, certificate of occupancy, or certificate of completion. This fee is set as 5% of the construction valuation and is effectively used as a bartering token to incentivize certification. If a project fails to obtain LEED certification, the fee will not be refunded. A LEED-certified project will receive a refund of 50% of the fee paid. To incentivize earning higher levels of LEED certification, the City provides refunds on a sliding scale: A project that is certified LEED Silver receives a refund of 66% of the fee paid; projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certification receive a 100% fee refund. Certified projects also receive expedited plan review and building inspections
City/Town
In effect
Altamonte Springs Municipal Code, Article III, Division 46
Altamonte Springs, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Altamonte City Commission adopted a policy that defines the standards and calculations for height and intensity/density development bonuses. Projects that earn LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications are eligible for up to 100 bonus height points or up to 200 bonus intensity/density points. The number of points awarded is determined by the level of certification achieved.
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.
County
In effect
Sarasota Green Building Program, Resolution 2005-048
Sarasota County, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, Sarasota County adopted Resolution 2005-048, requiring that all new county buildings and facilities or major renovations of county buildings incorporate a LEED checklist in the planning and construction. The resolution also created the Sarasota Green Building Program, which provides incentives such as a fast-track building permit, a 50% reduction in building permit fees, and marketing for commercial and residential construction or retrofit projects that certify to LEED or a county-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Boynton Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 1, Article 4, Ordinance 09-024
Boynton Beach, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Commission of Boynton Beach adopted Ordinance 09-024, establishing expedited permitting and review for residential and commercial buildings pursuing LEED certification or other city-approved building certfications.
City/Town
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.
County
In effect
Hillsborough County Residential Green Homes Policy
Hillsborough County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Hillsborough County Manager approved the Residential Green Homes Policy, which offers expedited permitting to home builders that complete a LEED for Homes scorecard or a scorecard from a county-approved equivalent. Scorecards must be supplied by a LEED for Homes provider or a qualified, third-party green home certifier.
City/Town
In effect
Miami Municipal Code, Article III
Miami, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Miami City Council adopted a policy requiring new private development over 50,000 square feet in specified zoning districts (T5, T6, CI & CS) of habitable room and habitable space to achieve LEED Silver certification or a city-approved equivalent standard. The policy requires building owners to post at time of permit application a performance bond to guarantee LEED Silver certification. The city also provides density bonuses for projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications.
City/Town
Elapsed
Jacksonville Sustainable Building Program, Ordinance 2009-211
Jacksonville, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Jacksonville City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-211, requiring all new public buildings and major renovations to earn LEED certification. The program also offers incentives to new residential and commercial buildings that achieve LEED certification, including expedited permitting, density bonuses, and grants of up to $1,000 to cover costs of project certification. The policy was amended in 2014 to extend the carryover period to fiscal year 2016-2017, but has since elapsed.
City/Town
In effect
Tampa Sustainability Ordinance, Ordinance 2008-112
Tampa, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Tampa City Council adopted the City of Tampa Sustainability Ordinance (Ordinance 2008-112), requiring that all new municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet of air-conditioned space to earn LEED Silver certification, and for major renovations of municipal buildings to follow LEED guidelines. The ordinance also offers developers of commercial and multi-family residential buildings a 20-80% rebate on building permit fees, depending on the level of LEED certification earned.
City/Town
In effect
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.
County
In effect
Miami-Dade Expedited Permit Program for Green Buildings, Ordinance 05-115
Miami-Dade County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 05-115, authorizing the County Building Official to implement a program to expedite the review and approval of permit applications for green buildings. Green buildings are defined as buildings where the design, construction and operation promote the preservation of resources and environmentally sensitive construction practices, systems, and materials. The Building Official should also take into account if the building is certified by a rating agency, including the U.S. Green Building Council.
City/Town
In effect
Wellington Targeted Expedited Permitting Program, Ordinance 2009-12
Wellington, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Village of Wellington passed Ordinance 2009-12, establishing a targeted expedited permitting program (TEPP), which is intended to provide qualifying projects with an efficient and accelerated process to resolve issues in a timely manner with a Village representative without sacrificing any requirements established in this chapter. The TEPP program is available to qualifying companies that are expanding operations, relocating or establishing a new business within the Village so that value-added employment may be created at a faster pace. The TEPP program is also available to any building obtaining LEED Silver certification or higher rating. The TEPP program is intended to expedite all phases of planning, zoning, building engineering and utilities permitting process.
City/Town
In effect
Dania Beach Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 28, Article 305
Dania Beach, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Dania Beach City Administration established a height bonus for transit-oriented development projects. The maximum height of transit-oriented development projects will be reduced by the greater of either two stories or 23 feet unless the development includes two public amenities such as a public plaza or civic open space, prominent water feature, public outdoor art, public parking or LEED certification.
City/Town
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
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
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.
County
In effect
Lake County Green Building Program
Lake County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Lake County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance establishing a Green Building Program. Participating projects must adopt standards of an accepted green building rating system, including LEED. Participating projects will have site and development plans processed within 20 business days, building permits for residential green buildings processed within three business days, and permit applications for commercial buildings processed within ten business days.
City/Town
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
Tampa Strategic Action Plan
Tampa, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Tampa adopted a Strategic Action Plan for the Channel District Community Development Area, which offers a 1.5 maximum floor area ratio density bonus to projects located in the Channel District that earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Homestead Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Division 3, Section 30-461, Ordinance 2009-07-19
Homestead, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Homestead adopted Ordinance 2009-07-19, establishing bonuses for residential developments that pursue green building standards. Developments pursuing LEED Silver certification or Florida Green Building Coalition certification are eligible for one additional dwelling unit per acre.
City/Town
Elapsed
Culter Bay Municipal Code, Part III, Chapter 2, Article LXXXVI, Ordinance 09-09
Cutler Bay, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Cutler Bay Town Council passed Ordinance 09-09, extending the duration of the moratoriums adopted in Ordinance 08-11 and 08-12, to remain in force until August 20, 2009. Businesses located in a LEED-certified building may receive a bonus up to $1,500.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 83-07
Cape Coral, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Cape Coral City Council approved Ordinance 83-07 granting density/intensity bonuses for buildings pursuing LEED Silver certification. LEED Silver certification contributes 75 points toward the bonus; the number of points needed depends upon the size of the requested bonus. The policy has been repealed.
City/Town
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Port Orange Green Building Program, Ordinance 2009-12
Port Orange, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Port Orange City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-12, creating incentives for new construction and renovation projects. New residential and commercial construction projects that obtain certification under the Florida Green Building Coalition's Standard, LEED for Homes, or Green Globes rating systems will be eligible for expedited permitting, additional sign allowances, marketing privileges and a City of Port Orange Green Building Award. Residential and commercial renovations that obtain LEED for Existing Buildings certification are also eligible for incentives.
County
Repealed
Alachua County Code, Article V, Section 407.546, Ordinance 09-01
Alachua County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Alachua County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 09-01, stipulating that dry retention and detention basins may incorporate recreational uses if the project earns LEED Silver certification. This policy has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Davie Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 12, Article III
Davie, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Davie established incentives for construction projects pursuing LEED Silver or Gold certification. Projects pursuing LEED Silver certification are eligible for a 5% increase in impervious area, a town park and recreation impact fee waiver, and a 25% height increase. Projects pursuing LEED Gold certification may receive a 10% increase in impervious area, a town park and recreation impact fee waiver, and a 35% height increase. The policy outlines mandatory LEED credits to receive the incentives, including erosion and sedimentation control, fundamental building systems commissioning, minimum energy performance, CFC reduction in HVAC and refrigerant equipment, storage and collection of recyclables, minimum indoor air quality performance, and environmental tobacco smoke control.
City/Town
In effect
Royal Palm Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 26, Article III, Section 26-32, Ordinance 826
Royal Palm Beach, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Royal Palm Beach adopted Ordinance 826, allowing buildings that have earned LEED certification to qualify for expedited permitting. The applicant must provide a letter from USGBC stating that the applicant has submitted the design phase application. The project's anticipated credit achievement must also be included in the application.
City/Town
In effect
Gainesville Green Building Program, Ordinance 1835
Gainesville, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Gainesville City Council adopted Ordinance 1835, requiring new municipal civic or office construction to earn LEED certification. The policy also created a voluntary Green Building Program. Non-city owned residential buildings voluntarily participating in the program must follow the requirements of Green Home Designation Standard of the Florida Green Building Council. Additionally, the city provides a fast-track building permit incentive and a 50% reduction in building permit fees for private contractors that build to LEED.
County
In effect
Charlotte County Code, Chapter 3-2, Article V, Section 3-2-84, Ordinance 2009-020
Charlotte County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 2009-020. New residential construction and renovation projects certified to LEED for Homes and new commercial construction or renovation projects certified under the appropriate LEED, and land developments certified under the LEED for Neighborhood Development are eligible to participate in this program. All program participants are eligible for fast-track permitting and will be included in a marketing program to promote green building in Charlotte County.
City/Town
In effect
West Melbourne Municipal Code, Section 99-10, Ordinance 2008-17
West Melbourne, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, West Melbourne adopted Ordinance 2008-17, granting buildings located in the town center pursuing LEED certification or another city-approved equivalent a height bonus up to 25 feet.
City/Town
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
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
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
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
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
Chatham County Code, Section 7-1003
Chatham County, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2006, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners enacted a policy providing tax abatement incentives for commercial buildings that earn LEED Gold certification. Qualifying buildings are eligible to receive 100% state and county tax exemption for the first five years, an 80% exemption for the sixth and seventh year, and then tapering off by 20% each year until the tenth year.
State
In effect
Iowa Sustainable Design Standards, Rule 661, Chapter 310
IA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Iowa State Legislature enacted a policy providing a tax credit or tax refund for commercial buildings that earn or exceed LEED Gold certification. If a commercial project pursues sustainable design standards for a purpose other than to qualify for a tax credit or refund, the building must earn at least LEED Silver certification. Additionallly, buildings intended to be used as data centers must achieve LEED certification to qualify as a sustainably-designed development.
City/Town
In effect
Moscow Green Building Program, Moscow Zoning Code, Title 4, Chapter 7, Ordinance 2008-09
Moscow, ID
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Moscow enacted a policy stating that homes that incorporate LEED standards may receive a 2% density bonus.
City/Town
In effect
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
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
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
Chicago Green Permit Program
Chicago, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Chicago amended its Green Permit Program, increasing incentives for projects pursuing LEED certification. Commercial projects striving for LEED certification qualify for expedited permits. Projects striving to earn higher levels of LEED certification will receive permits within 30 days, and are eligible to receive a partial permit waiver up to $25,000.
City/Town
Amended
Evanston Green Building Ordinance, Title 4, Chapter 25, Ordinance 14-O-09
Evanston, IL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Evanston City Council adopted Ordinance 14-O-09 (amended by Ordinance 124-O-09), requiring all new City-owned and City-financed buildings 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification or higher, and all new commercial or multi-family buildings 10,000 square feet or larger to achieve LEED Silver certification or higher. In addition, all interior renovations of City-owned and City-financed buildings 10,000 square feet or greater must earn LEED Silver certification at minimum, and all interior renovations of commercial or multi-family buildings 10,000 square feet or greater must earn LEED Silver certification, at minimum. The City may also provide incentives, including expedited plan review and financial assistance for costs associated with LEED Silver certification. Projects that fail to obtain a LEED Silver certification will be given a monetary penalty determined on a sliding scale, taking into account how close the project came to achieving LEED Silver.
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
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.
County
In effect
Saint Joseph County Code, Title III, Chapter 35.06, Ordinance 24-09
Saint Joseph County, IN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Saint Joseph County Council adopted Ordinance 24-09, granting tax abatements for developments providing a public benefit. Buildings that earn LEED Silver certification will receive 50 public benefit points towards earning an add-on abatement from one to seven years.
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.
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
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.
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
Whole Building Sustainability Standards and Guidelines, New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Article 17, Section 17.5
New Orleans, LA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
The City of New Orleans offers a 15% increase in floor area ratio bonus for projects that earn LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved alternative certification. Prior to the approval of any FAR bonus for whole building sustainability, the applicant shall submit a letter of credit, surety bond, or other financial guarantee approved by the Director of the Department of Finance to ensure ultimate compliance with the sustainability level required for the bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Acton Zoning Bylaws, Section 5.5B.2.2.d
Acton, MA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Town of Acton adopted Zoning Bylaw Section 5.5B.2.2.d, granting building projects located in the East Acton Village District that earn LEED certification a floor area ratio bonus of 0.05.
City/Town
In effect
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
Elapsed
Downtown Hyannis Design & Infrastructure Plan
Barnstable, MA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Barnstable Planning Board adopted the Downtown Hyannis Design & Infrastructure Plan, which applies to new development and redevelopment in the Hyannis Village Zoning Districts. Buildings, renovations, and additions which are LEED Bronze certified or higher are encouraged and such development may be granted a reduction from certain impact fees.
County
Elapsed
Carroll County Green Building Tax Credit, Ordinance 09-03
Carroll County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 09-03, authorizing a 25% tax credit for new buildings that earn LEED Silver certification or a county-approved equivalent, a 50% tax credit for new buildings that earn LEED Gold certification or equivalent, and a 75% tax credit for new buildings that achieve LEED Platinum certification or equivalent for a period of five consecutive years. The tax credit only applied to commercial or industrial buildings. The tax credit elapsed in 2014.
County
Replaced
Montgomery County Property Tax Credit for Energy and Environmental Design
Montgomery County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Montgomery County Council approved Bill 37-06, granting property tax credits for buildings that earn LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications, or a county-approved equivalent. Buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet that earn LEED or LEED for Core and Shell certifications may receive a 25% tax credit for five years; of 25% for achieving Gold, and a 75% credit for LEED Platinum. Buildings less than 10,000 square feet that earn LEED or LEED for Core and Shell certifications may receive five year tax credits of 25% for achieving Silver, 50% for Gold, and 75% for Platinum. Buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet that earn LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification may receive a 10% tax credit for three years; and 50% for Platinum. Buildings less than 10,000 square feet that earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification receive three year tax credits of 10% for achieving Silver, 25% for Gold, and 50% for Platinum. In 2020, it was announced that the tax credit will be sunset by January 1, 2025. On or before January 1, 2022, a building owner must either submit a completed application for the tax credit or submit an application of intent to apply for the tax credit.
State
Repealed
Maryland Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program
MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2014, the State of Maryland adopted Chapter 601, extending the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program for commercial building rehabilitations. The program establishes a competitive award process for tax credits for buildings that earn or exceed LEED Gold certification. Smaller commercial properties may also claim a tax credit under specified circumstances.
State
In effect
Maryland Property Tax Code, Chapter 9-242
MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
The State of Maryland’s Property Tax Code Chapter 9-242 permits local governments to offer a tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on a high performance building. The tax code defines a high performing building includes buildings that earn LEED Silver certification or higher.
County
Elapsed
Bill 28-08
Baltimore County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Baltimore County Council adopted Bill 28-08, increasing the available tax credits for new residential buildings that earn LEED certifications. LEED Silver-certified buildings are eligible for a 40% property tax credit (up from 30%), LEED Gold-certified buildings are eligible for a 60% tax credit (up from 50%), and LEED Platinum-certified buildings are eligible for a 100% credit (up from 75%). The tax credits were in effect for three years, or up to $1 million in total incentives. The program elapsed in 2011.
County
In effect
Howard County Bill 47-2007
Howard County, MD
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED, LEED Silver
In 2007, Howard County enacted Bill 47-2007, requiring all new county projects, including major renovations, to earn LEED Silver certification. The legislation also requires private construction larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. To incentivize higher levels of certification, projects seeking LEED Gold or Platinum are granted expedited permitting.
County
In effect
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.
County
Elapsed
Howard County Bill 49-2007
Howard County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Howard County enacted Bill 49-2007, establishing a five-year property tax credit for commercial and certain residential projects that earn LEED Silver certification, at minimum. The credit increases based on the level of certification earned: LEED Silver-certified projects may earn a 25% credit; LEED Gold-certified projects may earn a 50% credit; and LEED Platinum-certified projects may earn a 75% credit. Tax credits projects that earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification extend for three years: 10% for LEED Silver, 25% for LEED Gold and 50% for LEED Platinum. In 2017, the County Executive enacted legislation extending the residential property tax exemption until April 1, 2022.
City/Town
In effect
Hagerstown Municipal Code, Chapter 223, Article IV, Ordinance 2009-2
Hagerstown, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Hagerstown City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-2, granting buildings that earn LEED Silver certification a 20% property tax credit, LEED Gold certified buildings a 25% property tax credit, and LEED Platinum-certified buildings a 30% property tax credit.
County
Elapsed
An Act concerning High-Performance Buildings, Bill 78-07
Baltimore County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Baltimore County Council passed Bill #78-07, replacing Bill #85-06. The legislation expands the tax credit to LEED for New Construction, LEED Core and Shell, and LEED for Existing Buildings. Projects that earn LEED Silver certification may earn a 50% property tax credit, 60% for Gold, and 80% for Platinum. LEED Core and Shell Silver will receive 40%, Gold 50%, and Platinum 70%. LEED for Existing Buildings Silver will earn a tax credit for 10%, 25% for Gold, and 50% for Platinum. The LEED and LEED for Core and Shell tax credits are for five years consecutive years.The LEED for Existing Buildings tax credit is for three years. The tax credit has elapsed.
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
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
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
East Lansing Green Building Policy, Resolution 2009-01
East Lansing, MI
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the East Lansing City Council adopted a resolution requiring new municipal construction larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, and requiring renovations to follow a LEED checklist. The policy also requires private projects that receive municipal incentives up to 15% of the total project cost to earn LEED certification, private development projects that receive over 15% of the project costs in municipal incentives with one building to earn LEED Silver certification, and private development projects that receive over 15% in incentives with multiple buildings to achieve LEED for Neighborhood Development Silver certification and achieve at least 1 point under Green Infrastructure & Buildings Credit 1 or achieve at minimum LEED Silver certification for each building. Private building renovations that receive municipal incentives are required to earn LEED certification. Incentives include tax increment financing funds, brownfield redevelopment funds, community development block grant funds, parking revenue bonds, or other financing mechanisms. As of 2021, the Green Building Policy was under revision.
City/Town
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.
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.
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 Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter B, Section 2-1.5
Forsyth County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, Forsyth County adopted a policy exempting new construction projects in special mixed-use districts pursuing LEED Silver certification from the county's open space requirement.
City/Town
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
In effect
Wilmington Municipal Code, Section 18-174, Ordinance O-2008-05
Wilmington, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Wilmington City Council adopted Ordinance O-2008-25, providing LEED-certified buildings with trees, shrubs, and other green roof vegetation an exemption from city height requirements.
City/Town
In effect
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
Franklin Municipal Code, Article IV, Section 305-22, Ordinance 02-08
Franklin, NH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007 the City of Franklin adopted Ordinance 02-08, creating a density bonus for buildings or historic restoration and/or renovations that earn LEED certification. New construction must earn at least 45 LEED points, and renovations must earn at least 55 LEED for Existing Buildings points to be granted a density bonus of up to 20%.
City/Town
In effect
Nashua Municipal Code, Article VIII, Ordinance O-07-106
Nashua, NH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Nashua City Council adopted Ordinance O-07-106, granting permit fee reductions for buildings that earn LEED certification. Projects will receive a 5% permit fee reduction for earning a LEED certification, a 10% fee reduction for earning a LEED Silver certification, a 15% fee reduction for earning a LEED Gold certification, and a 20% fee reduction for earning a LEED Platinum certification.
City/Town
In effect
Jersey City Green Building Incentives, Ordinance 09-002
Jersey City, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Jersey City Council adopted Ordinance 09-002, granting commercial construction and renovations a partial refund of building permit and land development application fees. Projects pursuing LEED Platinum certification may receive a 25% fee refund. Projects pursuing LEED, LEED Silver, or LEED Gold certifications will receive a 10%, 15%, or 20% fee refund, respectively. Buildings earning LEED certification are also eligible for expedited permit review.
City/Town
Elapsed
Ordinance 11-2009
Madison, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Borough of Madison adopted Ordinance 11-2009, granting a 10% density bonus to projects located along Cook Avenue and Ridgedale Avenue that achieve at least LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
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
Cranford Township Code, Chapter 106, Ordinance 2005-46
Cranford, NJ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Township of Cranford adopted Ordinance 2005-46, requiring all new public projects and major renovations earn LEED Silver certification at minimum. The ordinance also adopts LEED for Existing Buildings for its existing buildings. Additionally, to incentivize certification in the private sector, the policy allows developers to request density or height bonuses if a project earns LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Kearny Municipal Code, Chapter 27, Green Building Design, Ordinance 54
Kearny, NJ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Kearny Town Council adopted Ordinance 54, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification at minimum. The ordinance also offers density bonuses to private redevelopment projects that earn LEED certification. Projects that earn LEED certification are eligible for an additional 0.15 floor area ratio (FAR) or 0.5 additional dwelling units per acre; or 3 additional dwelling units per acre for LEED Platinum; LEED Gold-certified projects are eligible for an additional 0.25 FAR or 2 additional dwelling units per acre; LEED Silver-certified projects are eligible for an additional 0.2 FAR or 1 additional dwelling unit per acre.
City/Town
In effect
Albuquerque Green Path Program
Albuquerque, NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Albuquerque's adopted the Green Path Program, which provides incentives for commercial and residential buildings that earn LEED certification. Commercial buildings are required to exceed minimum code requirements and achieve either LEED Silver or LEED Gold with specific credit requirements. Residential buildings must exceed minimum code requirements and achieve both LEED Homes Silver and Build Green New Mexico Silver. Incentives include expedited permitting and integrated and preliminary plan review.
State
Amended
Sustainable Building Tax Credit, NM SB 543
NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Governor of New Mexico enacted SB 543. The omnibus bill included a sustainable building tax credit to promote the construction of high performance, green design and construction. The credit increases commensurate with the level of LEED certification achieved. The total amount of tax credits shall not exceed an aggregate amount of $5 million with respect to commercial buildings and an aggregate amount of $5 million with respect to residential buildings.
State
In effect
New Mexico Sustainable Building Tax Credit
NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Governor of New Mexico enacted SB 291, establishing the state's Sustainable Building Tax Credit. This legislation provides tax credits based on the square footage of the building. For commercial buildings, the tax credits range from $3.50 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for New Construction Silver certification to $6.25 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for New Construction Platinum certification. For residential buildings, the tax credits range from $5.00 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for Homes Silver certification to $9.00 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for Homes Platinum certification. On March 16, 2013, renewed the Sustainable Building Tax Credit, creating an additional $12 million opportunity for single-family residential green construction and $3 million in commercial and multifamily opportunities spread out over the next three years. LEED Silver-certified commercial buildings for new construction (NC), existing buildings, core and shell, or commercial interiors are eligible for a tax credit. The amount of the credit varies according to the square footage of the building and the level of certification achieved. On April 10, 2015, the Sustainable Building Tax Credit was renewed and updated again. The new SBTC guideline establishes a personal tax credit and a corporate tax credit for new and major renovations that are LEED Silver-certified or higher for taxable years up to 2026. The tax credit amount is based on certification level achieved and the amount of qualified square footage. The tax credit is available for commercial and residential buildings under LEED - NC, LEED EB and LEED CI and LEED for Homes. The 2015 update caps the eligible size per residential project at 2,000 square feet and reduces the amount of the tax credit available per square foot.
City/Town
In effect
Affordable Housing Density Bonus, Henderson Municipal Code, Title 19, Chapter 19.10
Henderson, NV
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Henderson established an affordable housing density bonus. Earning LEED certification may quality a project for a density bonus.
City/Town
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
City/Town
Repealed
New Rochelle Municipal Code, Chapter 331, Article XX, Section 331-154, Ordinance 237-2008
New Rochelle, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of New Rochelle adopted Ordinance 237-2008, granting a density bonus for projects in floating overlay zones that commit to earning LEED Silver certification. LEED Silver-certified projects may receive a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 2.0. LEED-certified projects located in the DMU zoning district can achieve a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 1.25. A LEED-certified project located in the DMUR zoning district can achieve a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 3.0. LEED Gold- or Platinum-certified projects may receive a greater density bonus in the three zoning districts.
City/Town
In effect
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
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.
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.
County
In effect
Onondaga County Uniform Tax Exemption Policy
Onondaga County, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2013, the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency amended the Uniform Tax Exemption Policy to provide LEED Gold- and LEED Platinum-certified buildings eligibility to receive tax exemptions in accordance with the Community PILOT schedule. The Community PILOT schedule offers a tax exemption percentage schedule of 100% down to 10% on a graduated basis for 12 years.
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
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
Ossining Municipal Code, Article IV, Local Law 5-2012
Ossining, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Village of Ossining enacted Local Law 5-2012, giving developers the opportunity to apply for a 10% density bonus if a project earns LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
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.
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
Greenburgh Green Building Initiative and Energy Conservation Construction Standard
Greenburgh, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Greenburgh adopted the Green Building Initiative and Energy Conservation Construction Standard, which adopts the principles of LEED v2.2 and applies them to all new commercial, office, industrial, and multi-family residential construction. Projects are required to strive to earn LEED certification, or a town-approved alternative standard. To incentivize projects to comply, developers must pay a fee of $0.03 per square foot of construction, not exceeding $15,000 total. Fees will be reimbursed if a building earns LEED certification, or an equivalent standard.
City/Town
In effect
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 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
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
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).
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
In effect
Huntington Green Commercial Building Standards, Chapter 197
Huntington, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Town of Huntington adopted the Green Commercial Building Standards, which offer a partial application fee rebate to covered commercial buildings that earn LEED certification. Projects must pay a $1 per square foot fee with a cap at $200,000. If the building achieves LEED certification and is approved by the Green Building Compliance Officials, a refund of $.90 per square foot will be issued.
City/Town
In effect
Southampton Municipal Code, Article III, Section 43-14, Local Law 2-2010
Southampton, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Village of Southampton adopted Local Law 2-2010, which offers a refund of 0.25% of a commercial or residential project's total construction cost if earns LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Brookhaven Municipal Code, Chapter 85, Article XXI, Section 85-229
Brookhaven, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Brookhaven City Council adopted a policy offering an increase in floor area ratio to large commercial retailers that earn LEED certification. Projects that earn LEED certification may be granted a 17% floor area ratio increase, projects that earn LEED Silver certification may be granted an 18% floor area ratio increase, projects that earn LEED Gold certification may be granted a 19% floor area ratio increase, and projects that earn LEED Platinum certification may be granted a 20% floor area ratio increase.
City/Town
In effect
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.
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
Cleveland Residential Property Tax Abatement for Green Buildings
Cleveland, Ohio
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Cleveland began providing a 100% tax abatement for homeowners and developers that build residential properties to the Cleveland Green Building Standard. Abatement is available for 10-15 years, depending on the type of project. The city also accepts LEED Silver as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
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
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.
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
Amended
Portland Green Building Policy
Portland, OR
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2001, the City of Portland 2015, the Portland Development enacted Resolution 35956, creating the City's first Green Building Policy, which required all new City buildings to earn LEED certification. In 2015, the City updated the Green Building Policy to require commercial or mixed-use buildings over 50,000 square feet that receive PDC funding to earn LEED Gold certification. Commercial or mixed-use buildings less than 50,000 square feet must achieve either LEED Gold certification or a city-approved alternative standard. Commercial/mixed-use buildings over 5,000 square feet undergoing major renovations are required to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution requires that all new occupied city-owned structures earn LEED Gold certification and meet other qualifications relating to energy and water use, landscaping, eco-rooves, parking, and waste. LEED certification and other qualifications are also required for existing city-owned buildings and tenant improvements in city-leased spaces. The city also provides incentives, training, financing, and technical assistance.
State
In effect
Oregon Chapter 467
OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the State of Oregon enacted Chapter 467, allowing schools to finance projects through qualified energy conservation bonds, and receive lower interest loans from the Clean Energy Deployment Fund. If proceeds from bonds are used for construction, a project must earn LEED Silver certification.
State
In effect
Renewable Energy Development Sub-account, Chapter 730
OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Platinum
In 2011, Oregon enacted Chapter 730, establishing the Renewable Energy Development Sub-account. To receive a tax credit, a project must earn LEED Platinum certification or a nationally- or regionally-recognized sustainable building program with similar performance standards.
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.
State
In effect
Lansdale Municipal Code, Article XXXV, Section 405-3506
Lansdale, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Borough of Lansdale enacted an ordinance granting 20 feet of bonus height to projects that earn LEED Silver certification along with green roofs, alternative energy features, and stormwater management located in the Downtown Business Overlay District.
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
College Township Municipal Code, Article VI, Section 200-27.2, Ordinance O-09-01
College Township, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, College Township adopted Ordinance O-09-01, granting medical facilities pursuing LEED certification a reduction in the town's open space requirement. The requirement to devote a minimum of 50% of the project gross area to open space will be reduced by the square footage of the LEED-certified building.
City/Town
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
Doylestown Green Points Program
Doylestown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Doylestown Borough Council adopted Resolution 2007-10, providing a 60% reduction in applicable building permit fees for new commercial and residential construction, additions, and interior remodels earning a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Non-LEED certified projects may earn fee reductions by demonstrating compliance with green building practices.
City/Town
In effect
Pittsburgh Sustainable Development Bonuses, Pittsburgh Municipal Code, Chapter 915.06E
Pittsburgh, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Pittsburgh City Council enacted a policy granting a density bonus of an additional 20% Floor Area Ratio and an additional variance of 20% of the permitted height for all projects that earn LEED for New Construction or LEED for Core and Shell certifications. The density bonus is available in all non-residential zoning districts.
City/Town
In effect
Tredyffrin Municipal Code, Article XVIII, Section 208-71, Ordinance HR 360
Tredyffrin, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Township of Tredyffrin adopted Ordinance HR-360, granting new construction projects in the Town Center District a zoning bonus if they achieve LEED Silver certification. Participating residential and mixed-use developments may decrease the maximum lot area per dwelling unit by 1,800 square feet, increase the gross floor area of the building footprint up to 25,000 square feet, or receive a height bonus up to 14 additional square feet.
City/Town
In effect
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
Amended
Willistown Municipal Code, Chapter 139, Article XXXI, Sections 139-183 and 139-188, Ordinance 8-2007
Willistown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Willistown Township adopted Ordinance 8-2007, granting projects located in the Transportation District pursuing LEED Silver certification a floor area ratio bonus not to exceed 0.2 times the maximum gross tract area. The ordinance was amended to increase the gross tract area from 0.2 times to 0.6 times.
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.
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
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 BL2009-586
Nashville, TN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Metro Government of Nashville adopted Ordinance BL2009-586, granting height bonuses to buildings that earn LEED Silver certification, and for neighborhoods that earn LEED Silver for Neighborhood Development. The bonus depends on sub-district and building type.
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
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
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
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.
County
In effect
Arlington County Green Building Incentive Program
Arlington County, VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2014, Arlington County updated its Green Building Incentive program (which has been in place since 1999). The program provides density bonuses to large office, multi-family, and mixed use projects that earn LEED v4 Silver certifications. Projects may earn up to 0.25 FAR for LEED Silver, 0.35 FAR for LEED Gold, or 0.50 FAR for LEED Platinum. All participating projects must agree to submit 10 years of energy data to the County, and office projects must achieve an Energy Star score of 75 or better within 4 years of occupancy. Up to an additional 0.05 FAR may be earned if two of Arlington’s “Priority Credits” are achieved. Priority Credits are selected from the LEED scorecard and focus on energy efficiency, habitat restoration, light pollution reduction, and building reuse. Additional density may be requested for Net Zero Energy building certification. The program is enforced through a bond based on the size of the project. 75% percent of the bond is held until the LEED certification is achieved. Participants may also benefit from technical assistance and publicity.
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
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
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
Repealed
Burlington Zoning Code, Section 4.4.1
Burlington, VT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Burlington enacted a policy stipulating that developments built to a minimum of LEED Silver certification may be eligible for additional building height and corresponding floor area ratio. The incentive has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Wenatchee Municipal Code, Chapter 10.42
Wenatchee, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Wenatchee enacted Chapter 10.42, allowing planned affordable housing developments that follow LEED standards and that provide good indoor air quality, conserve energy and water, reduce waste generation, and use materials that are less detrimental to the environment eligibility for a 10% density bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Newcastle Municipal Code, Chapter 18.36
Newcastle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In the City of Newcastle, projects located within a community business center overlay zone that provide a public benefit are eligible for a density bonus. Projects that achieve LEED certification may increase FAR by 0.4, LEED Silver projects may increase FAR by 0.6, LEED Gold projects may increase FAR by 0.8, and LEED Platinum projects may increase FAR by 1.0. Developments determined by the director to meet LEED standards but not are formally certified may increase FAR by up to 50%.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2004-11
Issaquah, WA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the City of Issaquah enacted Resolution 2004-11, requiring all new city facilities and buildings and major renovations over 5,000 square feet of occupied space and with project budgets of $250,000 to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution further encourages city projects to seek the highest level of LEED certification possible. To incentivize certification in the private sector, developers intending to use LEED may receive free professional consultation, and projects achieving LEED certification are granted expedited permit review.
City/Town
In effect
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
Resolution 2005-21
Bellingham, WA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Bellingham City Council adopted Resolution 2005-21, requiring all new municipal buildings and renovations over 5,000 square feet where the City provides a majority of the funding to earn LEED Silver certification. The City also provides a 0.5 Floor Area Ratio bonus for non-governmental projects that earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
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
Lynnwood Multi-unit Housing Property Tax Exemption, Ordinance 2681
Lynnwood, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the City of Lynnwood enacted Ordinance 2681, requiring multi-family residential projects in target areas (defined as areas designated by the city council to be lacking sufficient available, convenient, attractive, liveable, and desireable residential housing) seeking a tax exemption to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
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
Seattle Municipal Code, Title 23, Chapter 23.49, Ordinance 122054
Seattle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Mayor of Seattle enacted Ordinance 122054, which grants a height or density bonus to commercial or residential projects that earn LEED Silver certification and contribute to affordable housing.
City/Town
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
Seattle Priority Green Expedited Permitting Program
Seattle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2009, the City of Seattle created the Priority Green Expedited Permitting Program, which provides priority scheduling and expedited initial review and permitting to commercial and residential projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications. To qualify for the incentive, projects must also achieve Priority Green requirements for energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and indoor air quality including demonstrating at least 15% lower annual energy use than the 2015 maximum energy use allowed by the 2015 Seattle Energy Code.