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City/Town
In effect
Resolution 669-07
Queen Creek, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Queen Creek Town Council approved Resolution 669-07, requiring all public buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The resolution also encourages private developers to build to LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Mesa Municipal Code, Title 11, Article 3, Chapter 21
Mesa, AZ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
Projects seeking a permit in Mesa's Bonus Intensity Zone (BIZ) Overlay District must comply with a combination of criteria, including by earning LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
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
La Mesa Sustainable Building Policy
La Mesa, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the La Mesa City Council passed the Sustainable Building Policy, encouraging all new public construction and major renovation projects to meet a minimum of LEED Silver certification and exceed current State of California Title 24 Energy Code requirements. Design and project management teams are encouraged to meet higher LEED rating levels. The City also provides education on green building practices to private developers and officially recognizes projects that incorporate the goals of LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Rolling Hills Estates Municipal Code, Chapter 17.37.020, Ordinance 646
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Rolling Hills Estates adopted Ordinance 646, requiring mixed-use development applicants located in certain commercial zones to demonstrate commitment to sustainability by submitting written intent to earn LEED certification. Applicants are also required to assist the city in meeting requirements of its regional housing needs assessment, especially with regard to affordable housing.
City/Town
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
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
Resolution 2490-2010
Portola Valley, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Town of Portola Valley enacted a Green Building Ordinance, establishing minimum green building thresholds for new construction and renovations of residential and commercial developments. The policy requires residential projects to ear GreenPoint certification, but stipulates that projects may earn LEED for Homes Silver certification instead. Institutional and non-residential projects less than 2,000 square feet must adhere to a LEED or Build It Green checklist with self-verification. New commercial construction between 2,000-3,000 square feet must earn LEED certification. Projects between 3,000-5,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification, and new construction exceeding 5,000 square feet must earn LEED Gold certification.
City/Town
In effect
Chino Hills Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.09, Ordinance 226
Chino Hills, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Council of Chino Hills adopted Ordinance 226, which encourages LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
City of Albany Green Building Standards of Compliance & Checklists
Albany, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2007, the City of Albany adopted the Green Building Standards of Compliance & Checklists, requiring the construction and major renovations of city-sponsored projects and commercial projects over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification. Buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet are required to achieve maximum points practicable and submit a checklist.
City/Town
In effect
Culver City Municipal Code, Title 15, Ordinance 15.02.1100
Culver City, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Culver City adopted Ordinance 15.02.1100, requiring all new construction and major renovations projects 50,000 square feet or larger to submit a LEED checklist, including intended points allocated toward "Innovation and Design" credits, demonstrating that the project meets LEED certification standards or higher. A LEED AP is also required on the design and construction team. Projects under 50,000 square feet must comply with 80% of the listed green building requirements including 25 sustainability goals and practices. One- or two-family residences are exempt from the requirements.
City/Town
Replaced
Calabasas Green Ordinance, Ordinance 2003-185
Calabasas, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Calabasas City Council adopted Ordinance 2003-185, requiring all non-residential city and privately-owned buildings between 500-5,000 square feet to meet the equivalent of LEED certification. Buildings over 5,000 square feet must meet the equivalent of LEED Silver certification. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
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
Amended
Cupertino Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.58, Ordinance 12-2009
Cupertino, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Cupertino City Council adopted Ordinance 12-2099, requiring new residential projects conisting of nine homes or more, or multi-family building developments that consist of nine individual living units or more, to earn LEED Silver certification or a city-approved alternative standard. Non-residential developments exceeding 25,000 square feet must earn LEED certification, and developments exceeding 50,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification. Multi-family or commercial renovations and/or additions with a Floor Area Ratio increase of 50% and at least 35,000 square feet must earn LEED for Existing Buildings or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
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
Ordinance 2348
Redwood City, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Redwood City Council adopted Ordinance 2348, requiring all residential and commercial new construction or renovations larger than 1,000 square feet to submit a green building checklist - including LEED - to qualify for a permit. Self-verification is allowed for projects less than 10,000 square feet. This ordinance was adopted in conjunction with Redwood City Resolution #14979, which endorses the adoption of a green building code. The ordinance was replaced by the California Green Energy Code (CALGreen).
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
Repealed
Resolution 3136-06
Union City, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Union City Council adopted Resolution 3136-06, encouraging all commercial and institutional projects to follow a LEED checklist and to seek LEED certification. Projects are also encouraged to have a LEED AP as a principal member of the design team. This resolution was repealed in 2009 by Resolution 3857-09.
City/Town
Amended
Ordinance 9-6.407
Emeryville, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008 the Emeryville City Council adopted Ordinance 9-6.407, requiring new city facilities to earn LEED Silver certification. Private developments that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications are eligible for residential density, floor area ratio, and/or height bonuses.
City/Town
In effect
El Monte Municipal Code, Title 8, Chapter 8.20.261, Ordinance 2701
El Monte, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of El Monte adopted Ordinance 2701, establishing a requirement for construction and demolition (C&D) waste collection, removal, disposal and diversion. All projects requiring a demolition permit, building permit, encroachment permit and/or grading permit must divert 50% of the weight of its C&D materials from entering a landfill. Projects failing to comply with the requirement will have their performance security withheld proportionate to the shortcoming of the diversion requirement. The partial performance security refund to non-compliant projects may be increased if the project achieves LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Brisbane Municipal Code, Chapter 15.80, Ordinance 524-2007
Brisbane, CA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Brisbane City Council adopted Ordinance 524, requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. All new commercial construction and renovations larger than 10,000 square feet must meet LEED Silver standards on a Green Building Project Checklist. Though applicants are encouraged to register their projects with GBCI, certification is not required. Commercial projects smaller than 10,000 square feet are encouraged to follow LEED guidelines.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 1076
San Enselmo, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the San Anselmo Town Council adopted Ordinance 1076, establishing green building standards for new construction or major renovations of residential and commercial buildings. New commercial construction between 2,000-4,999 square feet are required to submit a LEED checklist and comply with the prerequisites for LEED or LEED for Core & Shell. Commercial projects between 5,000-49,999 square feet are required to earn the equivalent of LEED Silver certification. Projects larger than 50,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Gold certification. Renovations valued at greater than $5 million (or greater than 25,000 square feet) are required to earn LEED Silver certification. Projects valued between $250,000-$5 million (or 5,000-24,999 square feet) are required to comply with the minimum LEED prerequisites for the appropriate rating system. The requirements in this ordinance were replaced by the CALGreen mandatory building code.
City/Town
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
Green Building Regulations for Private Development, San Jose Municipal Code, Title 17, Chapter 17.84
San Jose, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the San Jose City Council adopted an ordinance establishing green building regulations for private development, including requirements for new commercial and residential projects. The policy requires new commercial or industrial buildings 25,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. New commercial and industrial buildings under 25,000 square feet and new residential buildings with fewer than 10 units are required to complete and submit a LEED checklist. New residential construction of 10 or more units must be LEED Certified or GreenPoint Rated. New residential construction over 75 feet must earn LEED certification. Moreover, covered projects must pay a Green Building Refundable Deposit prior to being issued a building permit to ensure that green building requirements are honored.
City/Town
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
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
In effect
San Leandro Municipal Code, Title 3, Chapter 3-19, Ordinance 2008-007
San Leandro, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of San Leandro adopted Ordinance 2008-007, requiring that all new city-owned or -occupied construction or renovations over $3 million earn LEED Silver certification. All other City facilities projects valued at less than $3 million are required to implement as many LEED credits as practicable. Private developers are required to complete and submit a Green Building Checklist as part of a project's permit application for any new construction, residential additions over 500 square feet, or commercial or industrial projects valued at over $100,000.
City/Town
In effect
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
Richmond Municipal Code, Article VI, Chapter 6.45, Ordinance 34-07
Richmond, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Richmond City Council adopted Ordinance 34-07, requiring all municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet and buildings funded with a least $300,000 in municipal funds to pursue green building practices. Projects in excess of $3 million are required to earn certification. All covered commercial projects are required to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also commits the city to promoting the adoption of green building practices to private developers through resources and incentives.
City/Town
In effect
Morgan Hill Municipal Code, Chapter 15.65, Ordinance 1966
Morgan Hill, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Morgan Hill adopted Ordinance 1966, requiring new single family or multi-family developments less than 2,000 square feet per unit must at minimum achieve 70 Build It Green (BIG) points or earn LEED certification. Projects exceeding 2,000 square feet per unit must earn LEED Silver certification or 70 BIG points. Commercial construction and renovations greater than 1,000 square feet must achieve 16 LEED points. Projects over 5,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification. Commercial renovations and tenant improvements valued at $350,000 or greater must achieve 10 LEED points. Projects greater than or equal to $500,000 permit valuation must earn LEED certification. Commercial projects valued greater than $1,500,000 must earn LEED Silver certification. For mixed use developments, the residential potion of the building must comply with minimum residential standards; whereas the commercial portion must satisfy certain LEED requirements, including recycling programs, low VOC and recycled materials, bicycle storage, and changing rooms with shower facilities.
City/Town
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
Replaced
Resolution 2006-187
Anaheim, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Anaheim City Council adopted Resolution 2006-187, requiring all new municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet to achieve LEED certification. The Resolution also encourages private developers and builders to earn LEED certification. The requirements in the resolution were replaced by the CALGreen mandatory building code.
County
Amended
Resolution 08-0947
Sonoma County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Sonoma County adopted Resolution 08-0947, requiring the adoption of mandatory green building standards for commercial and residential developments. The resolution suggests implementing an ordinance which requires new commercial construction to achieve 20 LEED points and residential and mixed-use buildings to achieve 50 BuildIt Green points for compliance. In 2009, the County Board of Commissioners amended the green building program threshold to require 40 LEED points for new commercial construction.
City/Town
Elapsed
Beverly Hills Municipal Code, Title 10, Chapter 3, Article 46, Ordinance 08-O-2555
Beverly Hills, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Beverly Hills adopted Ordinance 08-O-2555, establishing green building standards for the new construction or renovations of multi-family residential, commercial and mixed-use buildings. All covered projects must submit a green building checklist as part of the building permit application and employ a LEED AP on the project. LEED certification is encouraged, but not required. Projects registered with USGBC with the intent to achieve LEED certification may be granted a reduced scope of the city's compliance review by the green building compliance official. The ordinance elapsed in 2011.
City/Town
In effect
San Juan Capistrano Green Building Program
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the San Juan Capistrano City Council created a voluntary green building program encouraging sustainable design and construction practices through a points-based, checklist system for commercial and residential buildings. To be designated as a green building, a project must achieve at least 50 points. LEED certification is an acceptable form of compliance.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2136
Manhattan Beach, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Manhattan Beach enacted Ordinance 2136, designating LEED as the standard against which a project is measured as a green building. Applicable projects are required to submit a LEED checklist and supporting documentation indicating points meeting a minimum LEED Silver level incorporated into documentation for a building permit. Projects 10,000 square feet or larger of new gross square footage or more than 50% renovation are required to earn LEED Silver certification. This ordinance was repealed by Ordinance 3-0027 in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 07-762
West Hollywood, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City Council of West Hollywood enacted Ordinance 07-762, requiring residential and commercial projects to meet minimum energy conservation and renewable energy requirements. Applicable projects must earn a minimum number of points from the locally-developed West Hollywood Green Points program. Projects that earn LEED certification are exempt from the program's requirements.
City/Town
Repealed
Carmel by the Sea Municipal Code, Chapter 15.54, Ordinance 2009-08
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Carmel-by-the-Sea City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-03, requiring that a project garner a specified amount of minimum points according to a green building checklist in order to receive a building permit, with LEED as a reference point for the non-residential checklist. The point requirements differ depending on whether the development is residential or commercial, a renovation or new construction, and the square footage of the project. To demonstrate a leadership position, all City building projects larger than 1,000 square feet shall exceed the standard point requirements by 15 percent. The ordinance was repealed by Ordinance 2018-03.
City/Town
Repealed
Sonoma Municipal Code, Chapter 14.2, Green Building, Ordinance 03-2009
Sonoma, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Sonoma City Council adopted Ordinance 03-2009, which required all new commercial and industrial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet and all new residential buildings to adhere to a green building rating system, including LEED. The policy was repealed in 2011 by Ordinance 09-2010.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 2005-050
Ventura, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
in 2005, the City of Ventura adopted Resolution 2005-050, establishing an expedited permitting program for private green building projects. To qualify, commercial and industrial buildings must comply with LEED certification standards. This resolution was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 3414
Monterey, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Monterey City Council adopted Ordinance 3414, requiring all new municipal buildings earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires all new private commercial buildings to follow the LEED for New Construction guidelines and all new private residential buildings to follow the Build It Green's New Construction Green Building Guidelines. The ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 16-0032
Manhattan Beach, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2016, the City of Manhattan Beach enacted Ordinance 16-0032, establishing LEED as the city's green building standard. The Ordinance requires all applicable projects to certify to LEED Silver. Applicable city buildings must meet, at a minimum, LEED Gold.
City/Town
Replaced
Los Altos Municipal Code, Chapter 12.66
Los Altos, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Los Altos City Council adopted a policy requiring all public buildings 7,500 square feet or larger to be designed to perform at least 15% more efficiently than Title 24 of California Code of Regulations. The ordinance also requires that all public and commercial buildings are designed to perform 15% better than Title 24. Public buildings larger than 7,500 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification to receive a building permit. The ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
County
Repealed
Marin County Building Code, Ordinance 3533
Marin County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Marin County Board of Supervisors enacted Ordinance 3533, requiring new commercial projects over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification and requiring projects exceeding 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification. Projects under 5,000 square feet must submit a LEED checklist and comply with prerequisite credits. Commercial renovations valued at less than $500,000 or between 500-4,999 square feet are encouraged to abide by certain voluntary green building practices. Commercial renovations valued between $500,000-$5 million or between 5,000-24,999 square feet are required to comply with the same specified green building practices. Commercial projects valued greater than $5 million or exceeding 25,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Morro Bay Green Building Incentive Program, Resolution 24-09
Morro Bay, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Morro Bay City Council approved Resolution 24-09, establishing a Green Building Incentive Program for residential and commercial new construction projects and major renovations. Single-family dwellings and multi-family dwellings under three stories are eligible for building and plan check fee rebates if they earn LEED for Homes certification. Multi-family dwellings four stories or greater and all new commercial construction projects must earn LEED certification to receive fee rebates. New construction of commercial interiors and tenant improvement projects must attain certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system in order to receive fee rebates. Commercial new construction and commercial interiors projects receive a greater fee rebate for each level of LEED certification attained. The program also includes incentives for greywater, renewable energy, and green roof systems.
City/Town
Elapsed
San Francisco Planning Director's Bulletin 2006-02
San Francisco, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2006, the Director of the San Francisco Planning Department issued Director's Bulletin 2006-02, granting priority permit review to all new and renovated buildings that earn LEED Gold certification. The policy was updated in 2014 to reward a priority permit to projects that earn LEED Platinum certification, thereby exceeding the San Francisco Green Building Code requirements. In 2017, the priority processing incentive elapsed due to program capacity.
City/Town
In effect
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
Pleasanton Municipal Code, Chapter 17.50, Ordinance 1873
Pleasanton, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Pleasanton City Council adopted Ordinance 1873, encouraging all public and commercial construction projects larger than 20,000 square feet to follow LEED standards. Certification is not required.
City/Town
Replaced
Resolution 3326
Monte Sereno, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Monte Sereno City Council adopted Resolution 3326, requiring all new or renovated public buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification and to complete a green checklist for all new commercial and residential development applications. The resolution also established LEED and Green Point as the city's standards for green building practices. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen.
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
Repealed
Ordinance 956
Larkspur, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Larkspur City Council adopted Ordinance 956, requiring LEED or Build It Green certification for the construction and renovation of residential, commercial and public buildings. The policy required construction or major renovations of single-family and multi-family residences over 500 square feet to earn LEED for Homes or Build It Green certification, new commercial developments less than 5,000 square feet to meet LEED certification standards, new construction projects greater than 5,000 square feet to achieve LEED Silver certification, and commercial renovations to earn at least 25% of the total LEED points available or the equivalent of LEED certification. All city-sponsored public facilities were required to achieve LEED Silver certification. The ordinance was repealed in 2011.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2009-394
Big Bear Lake, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Big Bear Lake City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-394, establishing a green building program for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. The policy requires all new commercial and industrial buildings to complete a LEED checklist. To qualify for incentives, a project must demonstrate that it could achieve LEED certification. Incentives include expedited plan review; priority building inspection; development impact fees will be automatically deferred to final building inspection; and recognition by the City Council. Green buildings also receive a plaque fom the City, and are recognized on the City website and in other promotional materials.
City/Town
Repealed
Healdsburg Green Building Program
Healdsburg, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Healdsburg created the Healdsburg Green Building Program, which required commercial and industrial buildings 5,000 square feet and larger to follow LEED guidelines. The program has since been repealed.
City/Town
Replaced
Pasadena Municipal Code, Title 14, Ordinance 7031
Pasadena, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Pasadena City Council enacted Ordinance 7031, requiring all new commercial and residential construction to earn LEED certification. This includes commercial construction larger than 25,000 square feet, residential buildings at least four stories high, and public buildings larger than 5,000 square feet. Developers who exceeded the minimum certification qualified for a rebate from Pasadena Water and Power. Additionally, developers who include affordable housing will earn a construction tax rebate of $1000 per unit. Pasadena Water and Power's Pasadena LEED Certification Program offers $15,000 grants for applicants who achieve LEED certification; $20,000 for LEED Silver; $25,000 for EED Gold; and $30,000 for LEED Platinum. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
Amended
San Francisco Green Building Ordinance
San Francisco, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2008, the Mayor of San Francisco enacted the San Francisco Green Building Ordinance, requiring proof of green building practices and LEED certification for all new residential and commercial construction. In 2011, the ordinance was updated by Administrative Bulletin 93 (updated again in 2012 and in 2020), requiring that projects meet the commercial and residential green building requirements of the California Green Building Standards Code (Title 24, Part 11). Smaller projects were originally only required to complete a green building checklist. Residential projects taller than 75 feet were originally required to earn LEED certification. In 2010, the requirement was amended to LEED Silver certification. Commercial projects larger than 25,000 square feet were originally required to earn LEED certification; in 2009, LEED Silver and in 2012, LEED Gold. In 2016, the Board of Supervisors of the City and the County of San Francisco adopted amendments to the city's Green Building Code. The updated code requires commercial buildings exceeding 25,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification and new residential projects to earn LEED Silver.
City/Town
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
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
In effect
Resolution 1048
Belmont, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Belmont adopted Resolution 1048, requiring commercial projects larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Milpitas Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance 65.138
Milpitas, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Milpitas adopted Ordinance 65.138 establishing green building requirements for residential, commercial, and public buildings. All residential new construction projects greater than five units and all commercial construction or renovations over 500 square feet are required to submit a LEED or Build It Green checklist. New commercial construction and renovation projects between 25,000 and 49,999 square feet must be LEED certifiable and verified by a City Compliance Official. Commercial new construction or renovations greater than 50,000 square feet are required to achieve LEED Silver certification. New construction and renovations of municipal buildings over 25,000 square feet are also required to obtain LEED Silver certification. Building projects exceeding these minimum thresholds are eligible for priority plan review, including residential projects earning 75 Green Points or equivalent in LEED or commercial developments achieving LEED Gold certification or above.
City/Town
Repealed
Livermore Municipal Code, Chapter 15.76
Livermore, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Livermore City Council adopted a policy requiring all commercial and residential projects to submit a LEED or GreenPoint checklist. The ordinance requires commercial developments to achieve at least 20 LEED points. Projects that register intent to achieve LEED certification may receive expedited review and reduced permit fees. In 2013, the Ordinance was replaced by California Title 24, with LEED designated as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
Replaced
Mill Valley Municipal Code, Chapter 20.95, Ordinance 1236
Mill Valley, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mill Valley City Council adopted Ordinance 1236, establishing green building requirements for residential, public, commercial, and mixed-use buildings. The ordinance stipulates that new non-residential projects larger than 2,500 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification. Smaller projects are encouraged to earn as many points as possible and submit a LEED checklist. The ordinance was replaced by CALGreen in 2013.
City/Town
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
Replaced
Ordinance 7137
Pasadena, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Pasadena City Council adopted Ordinance 7137, requiring all new public buildings and renovations over 15,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires new commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. Additionally, all projects covered by the ordinance must achieve earn LEED credit WEc3.1, Water Efficiency. The ordinance was replaced by CALGreen.
City/Town
Replaced
Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance
San Francisco, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, San Francisco added energy efficiency requirements for existing commercial buildings. The policy required non-residential buildings 10,000 square feet or larger to conduct energy efficiency audits that meet or exceed ASHRAE standards, and to benchmark energy use using EnergySTAR Portfolio Manager. Buildings certified to LEED for Existing Building were exempt from the energy audit requirement. This requirement was replaced when the California Green Energy Code (CALGreen) went into effect in 2013.
City/Town
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
Repealed
Ordinance 2009-05
Danville, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Danville adopted Ordinance 2009-05, requiring all new developments and renovation projects larger than 1,000 square feet or totaling more than $50,000 to recycle at least 50% of their construction and demolition debris. Covered projects must submit a Waste Management Plan (WMP) as part of the permit application. Projects pursuing LEED certification may be exempt from submitting a WMP, provided that the waste management requirements for certification satisfy the City's requirement.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2009-02
Mountain Village, CO
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2009, the Home Rule Municipality of Mountain Village Council adopted Ordinance 2009-02, adopting new prescriptive energy and green building standards. The ordinance covered all new residential and commercial construction. It allowed LEED Gold certified buildings with HERS rating equivalent to Green Building Standard requirements for home size to be exempt from both the Prescriptive Energy Code and the Green Building Standard and receive expedited status through the permitting process. The code also required all new commercial buildings 5,000 square feet or greater to achieve LEED Gold or higher. New commercial buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet were required comply with the prescriptive code or achieve LEED certification. The ordinance was repealed.
City/Town
Repealed
Steamboat Springs Municipal Code, Section 26-150
Steamboat Springs, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Council of Steam Boat Springs adopted a policy requiring commercial construction projects over 12,000 square feet to meet a number of specified design and construction standards outlined in the Steamboat Springs municipal code (Section 26-150), including LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2007-05
Mountain Village, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Town Council of Mountain Village passed Ordinance 2007-05, adopting a prescriptive energy code and green building standards. The ordinance requireed all new commercial buildings to achieve LEED certification or an equivalent standard. The policy has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Thornton Municipal Code, Article V, Division 2, Ordinance 3165
Thornton, CO
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level:
In 2011, the Thornton City Council adopted Ordinance 3165, encouraging sustainable practices through all phases of site planning and building design. The ordinance encourages commercial developments to consider practices that align with LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
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.
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.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 07-242
Hartford, CT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Governor of Connecticut enacted HB 7432, requiring the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to adopt regulations for new or renovated commercial buildings consistent with LEED Silver, or an equivalent standard. The regulations apply to the following types of projects, provided that they receive $2 million or more in state funding: a) new state facility construction valued at $5 million or more approved and funded on or after January 1, 2008; b) state facility renovations of $2 million or more approved and funded on or after January 1, 2008; c) new public school construction valued at $5 million or more authorized on or after January 1, 2009; and d) public school renovations valued at $2 million or more authorized on or after January 1, 2009. The law also requires the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee to revise the State Building Code to meet or exceed LEED Silver for all private buildings constructed after January 1, 2009 of $5 million or more and for all renovations beginning after January 1, 2010 of $2 million or more. residential buildings with less than four units are exempt from the code requirements, as well as buildings where costs may outweigh benefits. HB 7432 further authorized $30 million in state bonds, the sale proceeds of which are to be allocated to fund on-site renewable energy projects in state buildings pursuing LEED certification.
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
Amended
Green Building Act of 2006
Washington, DC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Mayor of Washington, D.C. enacted the Green Building Act, requiring all non-residential District public buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2012, the policy was amended to require all new private development projects 50,000 square feet or larger earn LEED certification. In 2012, the City Council and Mayor adopted Act #A19-0336, amending the Green Building Act to require public schools to aspire to earn LEED Gold certification, and imposes fines on private commercial buildings that do not provide proof that the project has earned LEED certification within two years of occupancy.
City/Town
In effect
Dover Municipal Code, Part II, Appendix B, Article 3, Section 27.2
Dover, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Dover City Council adopted a policy stating that LEED certification may be used to satisfy the requirements for corridor overlay zones as it contributes to a superior urban development and higher quality of the built environment.
City/Town
Elapsed
Newark Municipal Code, Section 32-97
Newark, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Newark City Council adopted a policy giving LEED certification a consideration for site plan approval in high-density areas. Consideration is given based on a point system, where LEED certification is allocated a certain number of points.
City/Town
In effect
Harrington Municipal Code, Chapter 350, Section 350-7
Harrington, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Harrington City Council adopted a policy allowing new development in a wetland protection area to exceed 35% gross impervious cover by 50% in residential districts and by 75% in commercial districts, if all stormwater is treated to remove contaminants, directed into underground recharge systems or groundwater recharge areas, or the project attains LEED certification, and an environmental impact report is provided.
City/Town
In effect
Palm Coast Green Development Program, Palm Coast Municipal Code, Chapter 15, Article II, Section 15-31-41
Palm Coast, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Palm Coast City Council adopted Ordinance 09-22, creating a minimum reduction of project costs for new residential construction and residential retrofitting/remodeling and new and retrofitted commercial buildings that earn LEED certification or a city-approved alternative certification. Certified projects are also granted priority planning services and site plan review compared to non-certified projects.
City/Town
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
Dunnellon Municipal Code, Subpart B, Appendix A, Article IX
Dunnellon, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Dunnellon City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-14, establishing sustainable building and design standards for new construction. Commercial buildings larger than 80,000 square feet are required to earn LEED certification. Proof of LEED registration must be provided with the building application prior to review. Certification must be obtained before issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, though a temporary certificate may be issued for up to 18 months during the certification process.
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
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
St. Pete Beach Municipal Code, Division 39, Section 39.9, Ordinance 2008-12
St. Pete Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the St. Pete Beach City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-12, requiring all new development and redevelopment projects in the Community Redevelopment District to obtain certification from at least two of eight listed green building standards, including LEED for New Construction, LEED for Hotels and Lodging, LEED for Existing Buildings, and LEED for Commercial Interiors. The City Council also created a citizen-staffed Green Task Force responsible for maximizing green building design and ensuring construction and development is consistent with LEED certification standards.
City/Town
In effect
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.
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
Deltona Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Article III, Ordinance 42-2008
Deltona, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Deltona City Council adopted Ordinance 42-2008, requiring all new and remodeled residential buildings to follow the guidelines of LEED for Homes or a city-approved equivalent. The policy also requires all new and renovated municipal and institutional buildings to follow LEED guidelines, or a city-approved equivalent certification. Projects that register intent to complete certification are eligible for expedited permitting and reduced permitting fees.
City/Town
In effect
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
Coral Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 25, Article 25, Section 2501023, Ordinance 2007-115
Coral Springs, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Coral Springs enacted Ordinance 2007-115, encouraging renovated and redeveloped structures to achieve LEED certification. The ordinance requires construction projects to submit a LEED checklist with site plan documents.
City/Town
Repealed
South Daytona Municipal Code, Chapter 5, Article XVI, Ordinance 09-09
South Daytona, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Council adopted Ordinance 09-09, creating a green building program for all new construction and major renovations in South Daytona. New and existing commercial and residential projects that participate in the program are eligible for expedited permitting and land development plan review, reduced fees, additional sign allowances, marketing privileges and a "South Daytona Green Building Award." To qualify, projects must follow current standards of the appropriate LEED certification, or the appropriate standards of the Florida Green Building Coalition. The percentage of the permit fee reduction is dependent on certification level. The policy was repealed in 2019.
City/Town
In effect
Gainesville Green Building Program, Ordinance 1835
Gainesville, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Gainesville City Council adopted Ordinance 1835, requiring new municipal civic or office construction to earn LEED certification. The policy also created a voluntary Green Building Program. Non-city owned residential buildings voluntarily participating in the program must follow the requirements of Green Home Designation Standard of the Florida Green Building Council. Additionally, the city provides a fast-track building permit incentive and a 50% reduction in building permit fees for private contractors that build to LEED.
City/Town
In effect
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
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
Pensacola Municipal Code, Title XII, Chapter 12-6, Ordinance 16-10
Pensacola, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Pensacola City Council adopted Ordinance 16-10, authorizing the mayor to reduce the irrigation percentage for a site and may also reduce mitigation payment into the Tree Planting Trust Fund when Best Management Practices have been demonstrated to be employed on the land. Best Management Practices include LEED.
City/Town
In effect
St. Petersburg Municipal Code, Section 12-1, Ordinance 812-G
St. Petersburg, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of St. Petersburg adopted Ordinance 812-G, providing incentives for residential and commercial construction projects incorporating green building techniques. Commercial developments which achieve LEED certification will receive a permit fee refund of $1,000. For commercial developments on vacant land over one acre, buildings which follow LEED standards will receive a permit fee refund of $2,500.
City/Town
In effect
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.
County
Elapsed
Volusia Green Build Initiative
Volusia County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Volusia County created the Volusia Green Build initiative, a voluntary green building program funded from a $50,000 federal stimulus grant. Projects pursuing green building certifications, including LEED, will receive expedited permitting, public exposure, and a 50% application fee rebate. Residential projects are eligible for a rebate up to $600, commercial developments are eligible for a rebate up to $1,500, and land development projects may receive a refund up to $2,500.
City/Town
In effect
Coconut Creek Municipal Code, Section 13-320, Ordinance 2007-040
Coconut Creek, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Coconut Creek City Commission adopted Ordinance 2007-040, creating green construction standards for all new developments and renovations. All applicants for new development or redevelopment projects are required to retain a LEED AP on their planning and design team and follow certain sustainable design principles. Projects earning LEED certification or another city-approved equivalent are exempt from the requirements.
City/Town
In effect
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.
County
In effect
Sarasota Green Building Program, Resolution 2005-048
Sarasota County, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, Sarasota County adopted Resolution 2005-048, requiring that all new county buildings and facilities or major renovations of county buildings incorporate a LEED checklist in the planning and construction. The resolution also created the Sarasota Green Building Program, which provides incentives such as a fast-track building permit, a 50% reduction in building permit fees, and marketing for commercial and residential construction or retrofit projects that certify to LEED or a county-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
Repealed
Cocoa Beach Municipal Code, Section 3-15, Ordinance 1473
Cocoa Beach, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Cocoa Beach City Commission adopted Ordinance 1473, that created a Special Development Overlay District. The policy states that a primary role of special development overlay districts is to promote and incorporate sustainable building practices in its developments, including LEED certification. The section of the Land Development Code pertaining to the Special Development Overlay District was repealed in 2019 by Ordinance 1627.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 30-22
Delray Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2022, the City Commission of Delray Beach enacted an ordinance requiring new construction or major renovations larger than 15,000 square feet to achieve the minimum certification level from a green building certification entity, including LEED.
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
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
Repealed
Lauderhill Municipal Code, Article IV, Section 5.3.1.A.7, Ordinance 07O-02-106
Lauderhill, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Lauderhill City Council adopted Ordinance 07O-02-106, requiring that site plans submitted to the Development Review Committee identify elements of the proposed developments that conform to LEED standards and to identify whether LEED certification will be sought.
City/Town
Elapsed
Culter Bay Municipal Code, Part III, Chapter 2, Article LXXXVI, Ordinance 09-09
Cutler Bay, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Cutler Bay Town Council passed Ordinance 09-09, extending the duration of the moratoriums adopted in Ordinance 08-11 and 08-12, to remain in force until August 20, 2009. Businesses located in a LEED-certified building may receive a bonus up to $1,500.
City/Town
In effect
Lauderhill Municipal Code, Schedule P, Section 2.6
Lauderhill, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Lauderhill City Council adopted an ordinance encouraging all new developments, redevelopments and substantial building improvements to earn LEED certification. The ordinance also encourages public projects to strive to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
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
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.
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
West Melbourne Municipal Code, Section 99-10, Ordinance 2008-17
West Melbourne, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, West Melbourne adopted Ordinance 2008-17, granting buildings located in the town center pursuing LEED certification or another city-approved equivalent a height bonus up to 25 feet.
City/Town
Repealed
Pembroke Pines Code, Title XV, Chapter 159, Ordinance 1622
Pembroke Pines, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Pembroke Pines adopted Ordinance 1622, requiring all city-owned construction projects earn LEED Silver certification. Residential and commercial new construction and renovations interested in participating in the green building program must obtain certification under LEED or the Florida Green Building Coalition rating system. Participating projects will receive expedited permitting and a Pembroke Pines Green Building Award. This policy has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
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
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.
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
Palmetto Bay Green Program, Ordinance 2010-04
Palmetto Beach, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Village of Palmetto Bay created a Green Program requiring any village-owned construction project to earn LEED certification. The requirement applies to new buildings as well as maintenance or expansion of existing buildings. Private projects are encouraged to receive the certification through incentive programs and fast tracking permits. Incentives for developers include 5% density increase for LEED Silver, 8% increase for LEED Gold, and 10% increase for LEED Platinum.
City/Town
In effect
Altamonte Springs Municipal Code, Article III, Division 46
Altamonte Springs, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Altamonte City Commission adopted a policy that defines the standards and calculations for height and intensity/density development bonuses. Projects that earn LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications are eligible for up to 100 bonus height points or up to 200 bonus intensity/density points. The number of points awarded is determined by the level of certification achieved.
City/Town
In effect
Port Orange Green Building Program, Ordinance 2009-12
Port Orange, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Port Orange City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-12, creating incentives for new construction and renovation projects. New residential and commercial construction projects that obtain certification under the Florida Green Building Coalition's Standard, LEED for Homes, or Green Globes rating systems will be eligible for expedited permitting, additional sign allowances, marketing privileges and a City of Port Orange Green Building Award. Residential and commercial renovations that obtain LEED for Existing Buildings certification are also eligible for incentives.
City/Town
In effect
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
Surfside Municipal Code, Chapter 90, Article IX
Surfside, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Surfside adopted a policy encouraging LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Norcross Municipal Code, Ordinance 24-2012
Norcross, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the City of Norcross adopted Ordinance 24-2012, providing projects that earn LEED certification in the Redevelopment area overlay district a .25 floor area ratio bonus. This policy has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
East Point Municipal Code, Chapter 4, Article A, Section 10-4001
East Point, GA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of East Point updated its zoning code to encourage new projects to earn LEED certification.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Decatur High Performance Building Standards
Decatur, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the City of Decatur approved new high-performance building standards that require all new residential and commercial buildings to earn a nationally-recognized green building certification, including LEED for Homes. Major commercial renovations are also included. The standard will not be applied to residential improvements until after a pending study has been completed.
City/Town
In effect
Covington Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.2
Covington, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Covington enacted a policy requiring building permit applicants with projects exceeding 50,000 square feet to submit a LEED checklist at the time of application.
City/Town
Repealed
Decatur Municipal Code, Article 10.1.6
Decatur, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, Article 10.1.6 became effective in Decatur, establishing the Unified Development Code. The code requires single-family, two-family, multi-family, commercial, or public building must achieve LEED certification or a city-approved equivalent standard. The policy was repealed in 2017.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 2008-11
Doraville, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Doraville City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-11, requiring all new municipal buildings and all commercial, industrial, and multifamily residential buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The ordinance was replaced in 2016 by Ordinance 2016-16, which no longer requires LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Chamblee Municipal Code, Title 2, Chapter 230, Article 1, Section 230-9, Ordinance 682
Chamblee, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, the City of Chamblee passed Ordinance 682, stipulating that all new commercial, office, industrial, multi-family residential, or senior citizen residences equal or greater than 20,000 square feet submit a LEED checklist (or a checklist from a city-approved alternative standard) with a building permit application.
County
In effect
Paulding Municipal Code, Appendix A, Article VIII, Section T, Resolution 08-25
Paulding County, GA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the County of Paulding adopted Resolution 08-25, encouraging developments within the Paulding Airport Master Overlay District to incorporate LEED principles and practices into design and construction.
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.
County
In effect
Blaine County Code, Title 10, Chapter 6, Section 10-6-8, Ordinance 2009-06
Blaine County, ID
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Blaine County adopted Ordinance 2009-06, requiring construction projects within a Public Benefit Planned Unit Development to incorporate all primary public benefits and at least two secondary public benefits. Energy Star or LEED certification may satisfy one of the secondary benefit requirements.
State
In effect
Illiniois SB 1601, Public Act 96-0630
IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Illinois signed SB 1601, enacting Public Act 96-0630. The legislation adds costs related to LEED certification (including construction) as valid redevelopment project costs that can be funded by the Illinois Tax Increment Fund.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 08-812
Lockport, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Lockport City Council adopted Ordinance 08-812, encouraging planned commercial, office, or industrial developments to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Carbondale Municipal Code, Title 16, Section 6-4-3
Carbondale, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Carbondale City Council adopted Ordinance 2010-03, providing a fee waiver for any projects that earn LEED certification. The policy also provides LEED projects eligibility to receive a partial or full refund of the water and sewer tap connection fees as follows: LEED Silver projects will be granted a 50% refund; LEED Gold projects will receive a 75% refund; and LEED Platinum projects will have 100% of their water and sewer connection fees refunded.
City/Town
In effect
Chicago Green Permit Program
Chicago, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Chicago amended its Green Permit Program, increasing incentives for projects pursuing LEED certification. Commercial projects striving for LEED certification qualify for expedited permits. Projects striving to earn higher levels of LEED certification will receive permits within 30 days, and are eligible to receive a partial permit waiver up to $25,000.
City/Town
In effect
Collinsville Municipal Code, Title 17, Section 17.040, Ordinance 4230
Collinsville, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Collinsville City Council adopted Ordinance 4230, requiring all developments in the Uptown Collinsville District to attain certification from at least one nationally recognized green building program, including LEED.
State
In effect
Illinois Public Act 97-0616
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the State of Illinois enacted Public Act 97-0616, requiring training facility construction or upgrade projects located in a municipality with a population greater than 2 million residents to be designed for the purpose of obtaining LEED certification. The owner of the facility is required to seek project verification.
City/Town
In effect
Normal Municipal Code, Chapter 15, Division 17, Ordinance 4825
Normal, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002 the Town of Normal enacted Ordinance 4825, requiring public or private construction over 7,500 square feet in the Central Business District earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance M-6-2009
Winnetka, IL
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Winnetka Village Council adopted Ordinance M-6-2009, directing planned developments at 513-515 Lincoln Avenue and 718-732 Elm Street to be designed to meet LEED Silver standards, or the standards of a village-approved alternative certification.
City/Town
In effect
Palos Park Municipal Code, Section 1274.05(c)(2)(F), Ordinance 2007-17
Palos Park, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Palos Park City Council adopted Ordinance 2007-17, encouraging new commercial developments in business districts to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Oak Brook Municipal Code, Title 13, Chapter 15, Section 13-15-3, Ordinance G-890
Oak Brook, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Village of Oak Brook passed Ordinance G-890, which encourages planned developments to include a LEED AP in the design process, submit a LEED checklist with the permit application, and obtain LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Romeoville Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 159, Section 159-158, Ordinance 08-0657
Romeoville, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Village of Romeoville enacted a policy granting planned developments located in a business district 30 points for pursuing LEED certification. The points may be used to satisfy specified design and construction requirements.
City/Town
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.
City/Town
Elapsed
Indianapolis Green Building Incentive Program
Indianapolis, IN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Indianapolis created the Green Building Incentive Program, granting new construction and major renovation projects rebates if they pursue green building techniques. Projects may receive a 30% rebate if their design incorporates three of the following categories: water quality/quantity, transportation, energy, materials, site, and/or innovative design. Projects may receive an additional 10% for each category achieved beyond the minimum, not to exceed a 50% rebate. The program's criteria is based off LEED, but does not require LEED registration or certification. A project that earns LEED certification will qualify for all or part of the rebate. The program has elapsed.
City/Town
In effect
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.
County
In effect
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Zoning Ordinance 8-21(o)(4)
Lexington-Fayette Urban County, KY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Zoning Ordinance was amended to include a section instructing that adaptive reuse projects may be permitted by the Planning Commission upon the approval of a final development plan. Eligible projects are required to be located near a public right-of-way, include one existing building that will be adaptively reused as a principal structure. Projects must provide documentation demonstrating that they at least three of nine criteria, including proof of earning LEED certification.
State
In effect
Kentucky HB 1
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Kentucky enacted HB 1, instructing the state's Finance and Administration Cabinet to use LEED or other rating systems to develop green building incentives for private development in the state.
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
Repealed
Ruston Municipal Code, Chapter 29, Ordinance 1540
Ruston, LA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Ruston City Council adopted Ordinance 1540, requiring all properties located in the Tech Village District to conform to specific design requirements. The ordinance encouraged projects to earn LEED certification, and stated that LEED-certified buildings would be granted special consideration by the design review committee. Chapter 29 of the Municipal Code was repealed in 2012.
City/Town
In effect
Lexington Municipal Code Chapter 175, Part III, Article XV, Section 175-81
Lexington, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Lexington enacted a policy requiring all building permit applications submitted to the City Planning Board to include a LEED for Core & Shell scorecard - or a city-approved alternative rating system scorecard - when applying for major site plan review.
City/Town
In effect
Somerville Municipal Code, Section 6.4-6.5
Somerville, MA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Somerville City Council adopted Ordinance 2004-04, requiring projects located in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District to submit LEED checklists, and encouraging LEED certification. In 2009, the policy was amended by Ordinance 2009-03 to add LEED incentives. LEED Gold-certified projects are eligible for a floor area ratio increase (FAR) and a height bonus. LEED Gold projects within Transit Oriented District 70 and 100 are eligible for a 0.5 FAR increase; LEED Gold developments in Transit Oriented District 135 may receive a 1.0 FAR increase; and LEED Gold projects in all three districts may receive a 15 feet height bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Ashland Municipal Code, Chapter 282, Section 8
Ashland, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Ashland City Council adopted a policy requiring new buildings constructed in the Pond Street Mixed Use Overlay District to achieve ENERGY Star certification. LEED certification may be used as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
In effect
Watertown Municipal Code, Title Xv, Article IX, Section 9.3
Watertown, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2018, the Watertown Town Council approved an amendment to the town's Zoning Ordinance, requiring new commercial, mixed-use, and industrial projects meet the requirements of LEED Silver certification. Certification with USGBC is not required.
City/Town
Elapsed
Downtown Hyannis Design & Infrastructure Plan
Barnstable, MA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Barnstable Planning Board adopted the Downtown Hyannis Design & Infrastructure Plan, which applies to new development and redevelopment in the Hyannis Village Zoning Districts. Buildings, renovations, and additions which are LEED Bronze certified or higher are encouraged and such development may be granted a reduction from certain impact fees.
City/Town
In effect
Cambridge Municipal Code, Article 22, Ordinance 1412
Cambridge, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2019, the Cambridge City Council enacted Ordinance 1412, requiring construction projects exceeding 25,000 square feet that require a special permit from the Planning Board to meet LEED certification guidelines. Projects between 25,000-49,999 square feet must demonstrate adherence to LEED Silver guidelines, or a city-approved alternative standard. Projects 50,000 square feet and larger must adhere to the LEED Gold guidelines, or a city-approved alternative standard. To prove compliance, applicants must submit a completed LEED project checklist with an affidavit provided by a LEED AP, or another consultant.
City/Town
In effect
Boston Zoning Code, Article 37
Boston, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Boston enacted a policy requiring that all large public and private projects subject to Section 80B of the Zoning Code to earn LEED certification. The policy directs the City to deny permits and certificates of occupancy to noncompliant projects. All projects, regardless of size, are required to submit a LEED checklist to the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
City/Town
In effect
Cambridge Green Building Requirements, Cambridge Zoning Ordinance, Article 22
Cambridge, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Cambridge enacted a policy requiring new developments between 25,000-50,000 square feet are designed to meet LEED Silver certification, and projects exceeding 50,000 feet to meet LEED Gold certification. Developments subject to the Green Building Requirements must also implement an enhanced commissioning program and must submit an advisory “Net Zero Narrative” at the preliminary and final stage of review, reporting on initial and future projections for energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and discussing how the project aligns with the City’s Net Zero Action Plan.
City/Town
In effect
Melrose Municipal Code, Chapter 235, Section 71.1, Ordinance 08-128
Melrose, MA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Melrose City Council adopted Ordinance 08-128, requiring new construction and renovation projects within a smart growth district to incorporate sustainable design practices in accordance with ENERGY Star. The ordinance also encourages projects to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
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.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Rockville Commercial Green Building Regulations
Rockville, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2019, the City Council of Rockville enacted Ordinance 22-19, amending its green building regulations to require new commercial or multi-unit residential buildings or additions greater than 7,500 square feet to demonstrate compliance with a green building code, such as the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ASHRAE 189.1, or the 2012 National Green Building Standards (ICC 700-2012). LEED Silver is denoted as an alternative compliance path to the green code requirement.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance O-19-2010
Gaithersburg, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council adopted Ordinance O-19-2010, requiring all commercial or high rise residential buildings between 10,000-50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification, and all commercial or residential buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy has since been repealed.
County
Replaced
Bill 17-06
Montgomery County, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Montgomery County Council approved Bill 17-06, requiring new County buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, or a county-approved equivalent standard. The bill also requires all private commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED certification, or a county-approved equivalent standard. County certification of LEED equivalency is an acceptable method of compliance. The policy was replaced in 2017 by ER 21-15AMII.
City/Town
In effect
Hampstead Municipal Code, Article XV, Section 135-150, Ordinance 449
Hampstead, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Hampstead Town Council adopted Ordinance 449, requiring any new buildings constructed located in the Groundwater Conservation District to earn LEED Silver certification, or an town-approved alternative standard.
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.
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.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Baltimore City Green Construction Code, Council Bill 14-0413
Baltimore, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2015, Baltimore City enacted Council Bill 14-0413, adopting the International Green Construction Code 2012. All permits for commercial and certain multi-family residential buildings are required to complete a Green Building Statement of Compliance to determine code applicability and identify a green building compliance path. Earning LEED Silver certification is an alternative compliance path to the mandatory code.
City/Town
In effect
Baltimore Council Bill 07-0602
Baltimore, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Baltimore enacted Council Bill 07-0602, requiring all city and city-funded projects exceeding 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The law also requires commercial or multi-family residential buildings 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. The law does not require formal certification.
City/Town
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.
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.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Groveland Municipal Code, Article III, Section 54-474, Ordinance 164
Groveland, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Groveland Township adopted Ordinance 164, encouraging the use of LEED certification in the development overlay district.
City/Town
In effect
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
Auburn Hills Green Building Policy
Auburn Hills, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Auburn Hills City Council adopted the Auburn Hills Green Building Policy, encouraging all applicable municipal and private development projects to achieve LEED certification.
City/Town
Elapsed
Clawson Municipal, Chapter 34, Division 23, Ordinance 670
Clawson, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Clawson City Council adopted Ordinance 670, encouraging LEED certification for development projects in Clawson. The policy has elapsed.
City/Town
Repealed
Milford Municipal Code, Chapter 32, Article III, Section 32-526
Milford Charter Township, MI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Milford Charter Township amended its building code to require planned unit development projets to provide a public benefit in order to be eligible for rezoning, planning commission review, and township board approval. Suggested public benefits include traffic flow improvement, preservation of the township's natural features, or earning LEED certification.
City/Town
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
Resolution Adopting LEED Standards
Novi, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Novi City Council passed a resolution adopting LEED as the City's preferred green building rating system. The resolution encourages adherence to LEED standards and criteria in local private development and encourages the City to consider greening the City's building policies.
City/Town
In effect
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
St. Louis Park Green Building Policy
St. Louis Park, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2022, St. Louis Park enacted the St. Louis Park Green Building Policy, requiring new municipal, commercial, multi-family residential, and mixed-use projects 15,000 square feet or larger - and renovations in buildings 50,000 square feet or larger - that receive $200,000 or more in city financial assistance to certify to a third-party rating system, including LEED Silver or higher. Projects that must earn a minimum of 13 points within the Energy and Atmosphere: Optimize Energy Performance credit.
State
In effect
Next Generation Energy Act of 2007, Chapter 136, S.F. No. 145
MN
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Minnesota enacted Chapter 136 S.F. 145, requiring utilities to establish programs that facilitate professional engineering certification to qualify buildings as LEED-certified, or a state-approved alternative certification. The legislation stated a goal of achieving 100 LEED-certified commercial buildings by December 31, 2010.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 2009-3382
Ferguson, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Ferguson adopted Ordinance 2009-3382, requiring buildings built or renovated with city funds to earn LEED Silver certification, or another nationally-recognized certification program, provided that the estimated energy savings exceed the marginal cost of the energy saving features over the expected life of the building and subject to fiscal constraints established by the City Manager. The ordinance also encourages new and remodeled residential, industrial, and commercial projects to satisfy LEED requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Chesterfield Municipal Code, Article 3, Section 405.03.040, Ordinance 2527
Chesterfield, MO
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Chesterfield City Council adopted Ordinance 2527, offering developers the ability to negotiate the mitigation of other zoning requirements if LEED standards are used.
County
In effect
St. Clair Municipal Code, Appendix A, Article V, Section P
St. Clair, MO
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the St. Clair City Council amended its Zoning Ordinance to encourage developers with projects in the Highway Corridor Overlay district to incorporate LEED concepts into project design and construction.
City/Town
In effect
Starkville Sustainability and LEED Policy
Starkville, MS
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Starkville Mayor and Board of Aldermen adopted the Starkville Sustainability and LEED Policy, requiring all new construction of city facilities exceeding 3,000 square feet earn LEED certification. The policy also encourages LEED certification for new commercial and residential construction.
City/Town
In effect
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.
County
In effect
Catawba County Green Construction Permitting Incentive Plan
Catawba County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners adopted a Green Construction Permitting Incentives Plan, which provides a 25% rebate of blanket permit fees (not to exceed $500) for new buildings that achieve LEED certification or a county-approved equivalent.
City/Town
In effect
Forsyth County/Winston-Salem UDO Chapter C, Section 3-5.4
Forsyth County, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Forsyth County adopted Unified Development Ordinance Chapter C, Section 3-5.4, granting new construction projects eligibility for a Special Intense Development Allocation for earning LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Montreat Municipal Code, Chapter J, Article I, Section 4
Montreat, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Montreat City Council revised the city's Building Code to provide an building incentive whereby construction and major renovation projects in Montreat pursuing LEED certification are eligible for a partial rebate of associated permit fees. Projects may receive a 10% rebate for earning LEED certification, 15% for earning LEED Silver certification, 20% for earning LEED Gold certification, and 25% for earning LEED Platinum certification. This policy was repealed in 2010.
State
In effect
North Carolina SB 581
NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the State of North Carolina enacted SB 581, allowing counties and cities to provide building permit fee reductions or partial rebates to encourage construction of buildings using sustainable design principles, such as LEED or a state-approved equivalent certification system.
County
In effect
Resolution 2012-11
Lincoln County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2012-11. New commercial or industrial buildings, worth more than $2 million, shall receive a .1% rebate of the building's tax assessed value if they are LEED-Certified, .2% if LEED Silver, .5% if LEED Gold, and 1% if LEED Platinum. The program also provides fee incentive discounts of up to 95% of permit, water, or sewer fees.
County
Elapsed
Mecklenburg County Green Building Rebate Program
Mecklenburg County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners amended its county fee ordinance to include the Green Building Rebate Program, offering permit fee rebates to projects that provide a proof of LEED certification. Rebates are proportionate to the level of certification achieved: 10% reductions for LEED-certified buildings, 15% for LEED Silver-certified buildings, 20% for LEED Gold-certified buildings, and 25% for LEED Platinum-certified buildings. The program elapsed.
City/Town
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
Hardyston Municipal Code, Chapter 185, Article XXVI, Section 185-124
Hardyston, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Township of Hardyston adopted a policy encouraging the use of green building practices and LEED in the village center district.
City/Town
In effect
Montville Township Municipal Code, Chapter 230, Article XVIII, Section 230-96
Montville Township, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, Montville Township adopted a policy encouraging construction in the Route 202 Corridor West Zoning District to follow LEED guidelines to the greatest extent feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Maple Shade Municipal Code, Article VIII, Section 205-33, Ordinance 2008-02
Maple Shade, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Township of Maple Shade adopted Ordinance 2008-02, encouraging new construction in business development districts to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Woodbury Municipal Code, Chapter 202, Article XIV, Section 202-81.6, Ordinance 2110-09
Woodbury, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Woodbury adopted Ordinance 2110-09, encouraging new construction projects to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Hillsborough Township Code, Article V, Chapter 188, Section 188-3, Ordinance 2007-25
Hillsborough, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Hillsborough Township adopted Ordinance 2007-25, requiring all new development located within the town center district to earn LEED certification. The policy also stipulates that a LEED AP must be a principal member of the project's design team, and that a LEED scorecard must be submitted as part of the project plan. Additions less than 50% of existing gross floor area are exempt from the certification requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Robbinsville Municipal Code, Article IV, Chapter 142-23
Robbinsville, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, Robbinsville Township adopted Chapter 142-23, establishing performance and design standards that encourage buildings within the Highway Commercial Zone to earn LEED certification, if feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Jersey City Green Building Incentives, Ordinance 09-002
Jersey City, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Jersey City Council adopted Ordinance 09-002, granting commercial construction and renovations a partial refund of building permit and land development application fees. Projects pursuing LEED Platinum certification may receive a 25% fee refund. Projects pursuing LEED, LEED Silver, or LEED Gold certifications will receive a 10%, 15%, or 20% fee refund, respectively. Buildings earning LEED certification are also eligible for expedited permit review.
City/Town
In effect
Woolwich Municipal Code, Chapter 203, Part 2, Article XXII, Section 203-158
Woolwich Township, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Woolwich Township Committee adopted a policy encouraging new construction and major renovation projects to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Fair Lawn Municipal Code, Section 125-47.1, Ordinance 2177-2010
Fair Lawn, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Borough of Fair Lawn adopted Ordinance 2177-2010, requiring all commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential buildings to incorporate green building practices into new construction. Practices should be followed even if a building is not seeking to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Stratford Municipal Code, Title 16, Section 16.40.140, Ordinance 2007:13
Stratford, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Borough of Stratford adopted Ordinance 2007:13, encouraging developers to adhere to LEED green building principles and to earn the highest level of LEED certification feasible.
State
Amended
New Jersey Assembly Bill 3680
NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, the State of New Jersey enacted Assembly Bill 3680, encouraging all construction projects submitted to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to be encouraged to adhere to LEED. The legislation was updated in 2016 to require commerical buildings to comply with LEED Silver requirements.
City/Town
Elapsed
Ordinance 11-2009
Madison, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Borough of Madison adopted Ordinance 11-2009, granting a 10% density bonus to projects located along Cook Avenue and Ridgedale Avenue that achieve at least LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Millville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Article XVIII, Section 30-208, Ordinance 29-2008
Millville, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Millville adopted Ordinance 29-2008, encouraging hotel developers to incorporate green building techniques into building design and construction and to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Howell Municipal Code, Article XXV, Ordinance O-10-12
Howell, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, Howell Township adopted Ordinance O-10-12, which encourages developers to submit a LEED scorecard as part of the development application.
City/Town
In effect
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
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
Park Ridge Municipal Code, Article XIIIC, Ordinance 2010-017
Park Ridge, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Borough of Park Ridge adopted Ordinance 2010-017, requiring all developments and redevelopments in the Neighborhood Business Zone to be compatible with the principles of LEED for Neighborhood Development. Projects are encouraged to incorporate a number of sustainability features into buildings and sites, including LEED certification.
City/Town
Repealed
Stafford Municipal Code, Chapter 130-63
Stafford, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Stafford Township adopted Chapter 130-63, requiring all major site plan and major subdivision applications to employ sustainable development methods, materials and practices in buildings design and construction. All proposed projects as part of any major site plan or major subdivision application shall achieve LEED certification. The policy was repealed in 2015 by Ordinance 2015-08.
City/Town
In effect
Wayne Township Municipal Code, Article III, Section 134-49, Ordinance 52-2009
Wayne Township, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Wayne Township Council adopted Ordinance 52-2009, which encourages new developments in the Wayne Transit Zone to pursue LEED certification. All projects within the Transit Zone Planning Area are required to submit an application to USGBC to build the project under LEED standards. If approved, the project is required to comply with LEED standards.
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.
City/Town
In effect
2007 Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code
Albuquerque, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Albuquerque enacted the 2007 Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code Volumes I and II, requiring commercial and multifamily residential buildings to be 30% more efficient than a baseline building per ASHRAE 90.1 1999 and requiring one- and two-family dwellings to meet ICC 2006 and several other energy efficiency requirements. The code does not apply to LEED-certified commercial and multi-family residential buildings that earn a minimum of 4 credits in EAc1 "Optimize Energy Performance," or one- and two-family dwellings that provide proof of LEED for Homes Silver certification.
City/Town
Amended
Taos Building Code, Ordinance 09-03
Taos, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Taos Town Council adopted Ordinance 09-03, requiring all new commercial buildings over 6,000 square feet to earn LEED certification and achieve at least three credits in the water conservation category. The ordinance was amended in 2010, requiring that all new commercial buildings earn LEED certification. Renovations that increase the building's size by at least 50% are subject to these requirements.
State
In effect
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
Albuquerque Green Path Program
Albuquerque, NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Albuquerque's adopted the Green Path Program, which provides incentives for commercial and residential buildings that earn LEED certification. Commercial buildings are required to exceed minimum code requirements and achieve either LEED Silver or LEED Gold with specific credit requirements. Residential buildings must exceed minimum code requirements and achieve both LEED Homes Silver and Build Green New Mexico Silver. Incentives include expedited permitting and integrated and preliminary plan review.
City/Town
In effect
Carson City Municipal Code, Title 18, Division 6, Downtown Mixed-use District
Carson City, NV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Carson City enacted an ordinance requiring all residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings to meet LEED certification criteria. A LEED scorecard must be submitted as a part of the design review process.
City/Town
Amended
Las Vegas Green Building Program
Las Vegas, NV
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Las Vegas enacted the Green Building Resolution in 2006, requiring newly constructed or renovated buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2009, the city updated its Green Building Program, adding incentives for new construction and retrofits of residential and commercial buildings. New residential construction projects pursuing LEED for Homes or a city-approved alternative certification are eligible for promotional materials, $1,000 towards expedited plan checks, a $500 fee reduction, a $500 new green building construction incentive per home, and a $1,000 refund if the project earned LEED certifications. New commercial buildings pursuing LEED, LEED for Core and Shell, LEED for Commercial Interiors, or LEED for Neighborhood Development certifications are eligible for promotional materials, $1,000 towards expedited plan checks, a $5,000 fee reduction, a $500 new green building construction incentive and up to a $10,000 LEED refund (25% for LEED certified, 50% for LEED Silver certification and 100% for LEED Gold/Platinum certification).
City/Town
In effect
Reno Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Article III, Ordinance 6171
Reno, NV
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of Reno adopted Ordinance 6171, encouraging projects to meet LEED standards.
State
Repealed
Nevada Green Building Tax Abatement Program
NV
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Nevada enacted AB 621, amending provisions of tax abatements and exemptions based on energy use and repeals certain prospective energy requirements for public buildings. AB 621 creates a three-tiered property tax exemption plan, with a maximum exemption of 35% for any private building that earns LEED Silver certification or higher, excluding single-family homes and residential structures three stories or fewer. The legislation also removed sales tax exemptions for products or materials used in the construction of eligible buildings. In 2013, the State of Nevada adopted Assembly Bill 239, reviving the tax incentive for LEED-certified buildings and expanding its scope to investments in improving existing buildings. LEED-certified new construction may receive up to a 35% reduction on property tax payable for 5-10 years. Renovations to existing buildings that achieve LEED certification receive a 25-35% reduction, based on level of certification earned, property tax abatement for one year.
City/Town
In effect
Babylon Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 89, Article VIII, Section 89-86
Babylon, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Town of Babylon adopted a resolution requiring all applicants for a building permit for any new construction of commercial, office, industrial, multi-family residential, or senior citizen resident buildings over 4,000 square feet to submit a LEED checklist and pay a fee of $0.03 per square foot of the project (not to exceed $15,000) to the Town of Babylon's Green Building Fund. An applicant who earns LEED certification shall have the fees refunded.
City/Town
In effect
New York City Local Law 87
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, New York City enacted Local Law 87, requiring buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to complete energy auditing and retro-commissioning. Buildings certified under LEED for Existing Buildings are exempt from the requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Southampton Local Law 34-2007
Southampton, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Village of Southampton adopted Local Law 34-2007, providing an increase in max floor area up to 25% for buildings in the Airport Commercial/Industrial Planned Development District that earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Pleasant Valley Municipal Code, Chapter 98, Article IV, Section 98-31, 47
Pleasant Valley, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Pleasant Valley adopted a policy encouraging new residential and commercial projects in the Hamlet District to comply with LEED or other nationally-recognized certifications.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 188
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 188, authorizing municipalities to waive property taxes for green buildings for ten years, and providing exemptions for construction improvements that meet LEED certification standards.
City/Town
In effect
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
Lloyd Municipal Code, Chapter 100, Section L-12
Lloyd, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Lloyd adopted a policy encouraging all new building construction projects to use materials and systems that meet LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
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
Malta Local Law 10-2007
Malta, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Malta adopted Local Law 10-2007, requiring all projects applying for the establishment of a Planned Development District to contain a review of possible construction design and management in compliance with LEED certification.
City/Town
Elapsed
Battery Park City Commercial/Institutional Environmental Guidelines
Battery Park, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2002, the Battery Park City Authority published the Commercial/Institutional Environmental Guidelines, which required commercial buildings to earn a certification based off LEED Gold. In 2020, the third-party certification requirement elapsed.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 14
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 14, authorizing municipalities to waive property taxes for green homes and commercial buildings. Cities and towns adopting the new measure will take LEED-certified properties off their tax rolls for up to six years. Tax exemptions are based on LEED certification level, and phase out over a period of 7-10 years.
City/Town
Repealed
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.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Brookhaven Municipal Code, Chapter 85, Article XLI, Section 85-499
Brookhaven, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Brookhaven adopted a policy offering a partial building permit fee refund contingent on the level of LEED certification earned. The city also offers a 45% refund for LEED-certified buildings, a 50% refund for LEED Silver-certified buildings, a 55% refund for LEED Gold-certified buildings, and a 60% refund for Platinum-certified buildings.
City/Town
In effect
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
New York City Local Law 86
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, New York City enacted Local Law 86, requiring all municipal construction, additions, or major renovations valued over $2 million to earn LEED Silver certification. Non-residential, capital projects costing over $2 million and funded at least 50% or $10 million by the city must earn LEED Silver certification. Municipal buildings that cost over $12 million shall be designed and constructed to reduce energy cost by a minimum of 20%, as determined by the methodology prescribed in LEED Energy & Atmosphere credit 1 or the New York State Energy Conservation Code, whichever is more stringent.
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
In effect
Greenburgh Green Building Initiative and Energy Conservation Construction Standard
Greenburgh, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Greenburgh adopted the Green Building Initiative and Energy Conservation Construction Standard, which adopts the principles of LEED v2.2 and applies them to all new commercial, office, industrial, and multi-family residential construction. Projects are required to strive to earn LEED certification, or a town-approved alternative standard. To incentivize projects to comply, developers must pay a fee of $0.03 per square foot of construction, not exceeding $15,000 total. Fees will be reimbursed if a building earns LEED certification, or an equivalent standard.
City/Town
In effect
Brookhaven Municipal Code, Chapter 85, Article 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.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 494
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 494, authorizing the state to consult high performance buildings standards such as LEED when creating building program and providing relevant services.
City/Town
In effect
Peekskill Local Law 5-2008
Peekskill, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Peekskill adopted Local Law 5-2008, creating standards for hotels and motels pursuing LEED certification in certain districts. New hotel and motel construction projects pursuing LEED certification must adhere to the specified requirements such as providing at least 50 rooms, a maximum floor area ratio of 1.2, and submit proof of LEED registration, a LEED project checklist and a completed LEED certification application.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 27-R
Syracuse, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Mayor of Syracuse issued a proclamation directing the City to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability relevant to the scope of new construction or major renovation through LEED certification, unless this cannot be accomplished on a cost effective basis. The proclamation encourages all facilities and buildings to achieve higher LEED rating levels, if feasible.
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
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).
County
In effect
Monroe County Green Building Policy
Monroe County, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Monroe County Executive adopted a policy requiring new county buildings and major renovations larger than 5,000 square feet to adhere to LEED standards. The policy also directs Monroe County Industrial Development Agency to extend tax abatement from 10 to 14 years and to adopt more green building incentives to encourage LEED certification in private development.
City/Town
Repealed
Rhinebeck Municipal Code, Chapter 125, Article V, Section 125-61
Rhinebeck, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Rhinebeck adopted a policy encouraging the use of LEED or an equivalent standard for commercial, office, and multi-family residential buildings larger than 4,000 square feet. Building permit applicants were required to complete a LEED or LEED for Homes checklist. The policy also stipulated that within one year of adoption, all municipal buildings were required to earn LEED certification, and within three years LEED Silver certifications. All covered residential or non-residential projects are required to earn LEED certification within three years. The policy was repealed in 2016 by Local Law 1-2016.
City/Town
In effect
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
Brewster Village Code, Chapter 182
Brewster Village, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Brewster Village City Council adopted a policy requiring non-residential buildings to minimize adverse impacts on the surrounding area, to comply with state and city ordinances pertaining to storm water, to control erosion and sedimentation, and to incorporate LEED standards to the maximum extent possible in order to be approved by the Planning Board. As of July 2020, the requirement is now located in Chapter 182, Article I, Section 182-1 j.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 446-2007
Cincinnati, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Cincinnati City Council adopted Ordinance 446-2007, providing an automatic 100% real property tax exemption of the assessed property value for newly-constructed or rehabilitated commercial or residential properties that earn LEED certifications. Buildings that earn LEED, LEED Silver, or LEED Gold certifications can receive a real property tax abatement up to $500,000. LEED Platinum-certified buildings do not have a limit. The property tax exemption period is 15 years for new residential, commercial, or industrial buildings; 12 years for renovated commercial and industrial buildings and renovated residential buildings with 4 or more units; and 10 years for renovated residential buildings with 1-3 units. The ordinance was repealed by Ordinance 502-2012.
City/Town
In effect
New Albany Municipal Code, Chapter 1322, Ordinance O-34-2008
New Albany, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the New Albany Village Council adopted Ordinance O-34-2008, creating a green building incentive program for new commercial buildings. Projects that achieve the minimum New Albany Village green building standard will receive a 20% reduction in commercial building permit application fees. Buildings undergoing minor renovations that achieve the minimum New Albany Village green building standard will receive a 20% reduction in application fees for minor renovations. Buildings undergoing major renovations that achieve the minimum New Albany Village green building standard will receive a 20% reduction in commercial building permit application fees. Projects that earn LEED certification will receive an additional fee reduction incentive on a sliding scale: 1% for earning LEED certification, 2% for earning LEED Silver certification, 3% for earning LEED Gold certification, and 5% for earning LEED Platinum certification.
City/Town
Elapsed
Hamilton Green Building Development Incentives
Hamilton, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Hamilton began offering Green Building Development Incentives, granting projects pursuing LEED certification a reimbursement of GBCI project registration fees. Projects seeking LEED Silver, Gold, and Platinum certifications may receive expedited permitting, a 50% reduction in the parking requirement, and have the Architectural Design Standards waived. LEED Silver-, Gold-, and Platinum-certified projects may also receive a 20%, 25% or 30% reimbursement for the building permit fee, respectively. The program has since elapsed.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 7746-03
Lakewood, OH
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the Lakewood City Council adopted Resolution 7746-03, requiring the construction and operation of city facilities and city-funded projects to incorporate LEED guidelines into construction to the greatest extent practicable. The resolution also encourages private sector projects to seek LEED certification.
State
In effect
Wilmington Green Enterprise Zone
Wilmington, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Wilmington City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a Green Enterprise Zone. Residential and commercial projects within in the Zone seeking LEED Certification are eligible for a 75% reduction in building and permitting fees. Existing residential and commercial properties undertaking other green retrofits may be eligible for a 50% reduction in building and permitting fees. The ordinance also requires the City to perform a cost-benefit analysis of earning LEED Certification for all new municipal buildings.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 274-2006
Cincinnati, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Cincinnati City Council adopted Ordinance 274-2006, providing an automatic tax exemption and 100% exemption of the assessed property value for new or retrofitted commercial or residential buildings that incorporate LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
Oklahoma Municipal Code, Chapter 59, Article XIII, Section 15-135000
Oklahoma City, OK
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Oklahoma City Council updated their codified ordinances, encouraging construction projects located in the Scenic River Overlay Design District to use sustainable building materials, including materials that meet LEED standards.
City/Town
Amended
Portland Green Building Policy
Portland, OR
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2001, the City of Portland 2015, the Portland Development enacted Resolution 35956, creating the City's first Green Building Policy, which required all new City buildings to earn LEED certification. In 2015, the City updated the Green Building Policy to require commercial or mixed-use buildings over 50,000 square feet that receive PDC funding to earn LEED Gold certification. Commercial or mixed-use buildings less than 50,000 square feet must achieve either LEED Gold certification or a city-approved alternative standard. Commercial/mixed-use buildings over 5,000 square feet undergoing major renovations are required to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution requires that all new occupied city-owned structures earn LEED Gold certification and meet other qualifications relating to energy and water use, landscaping, eco-rooves, parking, and waste. LEED certification and other qualifications are also required for existing city-owned buildings and tenant improvements in city-leased spaces. The city also provides incentives, training, financing, and technical assistance.
City/Town
In effect
Central Point Municipal Code, Chapter 17.67
Central Point, OR
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Central Point enacted a city charter that strongly encourages sustainable design practices and standards, recommending that industry accepted standards, such as LEED.
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.
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
West Hanover Municipal Code, Chapter 195, Article XVIII, Section 195-103, Ordinance 2009-02
West Hanover, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the West Hanover Township enacted Ordinance 2009-02, requiring retail stores over 75,000 square feet constructed in the CH District to achieve LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
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
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
Pittsburgh Sustainable Development Bonuses, Pittsburgh Municipal Code, Chapter 915.06E
Pittsburgh, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Pittsburgh City Council enacted a policy granting a density bonus of an additional 20% Floor Area Ratio and an additional variance of 20% of the permitted height for all projects that earn LEED for New Construction or LEED for Core and Shell certifications. The density bonus is available in all non-residential zoning districts.
City/Town
Amended
Willistown Municipal Code, Chapter 139, Article XXXI, Sections 139-183 and 139-188, Ordinance 8-2007
Willistown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Willistown Township adopted Ordinance 8-2007, granting projects located in the Transportation District pursuing LEED Silver certification a floor area ratio bonus not to exceed 0.2 times the maximum gross tract area. The ordinance was amended to increase the gross tract area from 0.2 times to 0.6 times.
City/Town
In effect
Allegheny Township Municipal Code, Article XIIIB, Section 250-107.37
Allegheny, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Township of Allegheny adopted the Town Center District Ordinance, granting new construction projects that install a green roof, in accordance with LEED guidelines, a lot cover increase up to 20% of the total green roof area. Projects using porous asphalt or pavers may receive a lot coverage increase of up to 5% of the total surface area of both paved areas and building roofs.
City/Town
In effect
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.
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
Elapsed
West Chester Municipal Code, Chapter 112, Article VII, Section 112-33.1
West Chester, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Borough of West Chester required Town Center District developments within the HO-60 Overlay District to meet ENERGY STAR standards. LEED-certified buildings are exempt from this requirement.
City/Town
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
Elapsed
Columbia Green Building Incentive Program
Columbia, SC
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Columbia established the Green Building Incentive Program, using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program requires commercial projects to earn LEED certification, and single-family residential projects to earn LEED for Homes certification, or a state-approved alternative national standard. LEED-certified buildings are eligible for expedited plan review, expedited permitting, and recognition by the City on the City's website and various media outlets. Financial incentives were also awarded on a sliding scale to projects based on the level of LEED certification earned. Government projects or projects required by law to meet green building standards are not eligible.
City/Town
In effect
Collierville Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 151.154, Ordinance 2008-17
Collierville, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Collierville passed Ordinance 2008-17, requiring planned development districts to pursue environmental design and construction methods, such as LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
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.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance BL2008-217
Nashville, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Nashville City Council approved Ordinance #BL2008-217, establishing a green permit for new residential and commercial buildings. In order to receive a green certificate of occupancy, commercial buildings must earn LEED certification, specifically requiring WEc3.1 (20% Water Use Reduction). Residential buildings are required to submit proof of LEED certification or a city-approved alternative. The ordinance was repealed in 2011.
City/Town
In effect
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
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
Salt Lake City Code, Title 18, Chapter 95, Ordinance 78
Salt Lake City, UT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Salt Lake City Council enacted Ordinance 78, requiring commercial, condominium, or apartment buildings funded through city grants, loans, or tax breaks to earn LEED certification.The ordinance also endorses the Mayor's executive order that municipal buildings achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification.
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.
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.
County
Amended
Fairfax County Green Building Policy
Fairfax County, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Fairfax County adopted a Green Building Policy, which encourages residential, retail, office and other projects to follow LEED guidelines and to pursue certification. The policy was amended in 2014 to encourage industrial buildings to follow LEED guidelines, and to raise the level of recommended LEED certification in high-density areas.
City/Town
Amended
Alexandria Green Building Policy
Alexandria, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Alexandria City Council created a Green Building Policy, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification and all new commercial buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also requires all new residential buildings to earn LEED certification, with the intention of increasing the standard over time. The policy was amended in 2019, increasing the commercial building requirement to LEED Gold certification.
City/Town
In effect
Herndon Municipal Code, Article XI, Section 78-113.2 Ordinance 09-O-11
Herndon, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Herndon adopted Ordinance 09-O-011, establishing open space requirements for new developments. Achieving LEED's green roof credit is a compliance option for satisfying the open space requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Charlottesville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Division 4, Special Tax Rate for Energy-Efficient Buildings
Charlottesville, VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
The City of Charlottesville offers a one-time reduced tax rate of 50% on buildings that meet or exceed the energy performance standards of LEED, or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
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
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
Seattle Priority Green Expedited Permitting Program
Seattle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2009, the City of Seattle created the Priority Green Expedited Permitting Program, which provides priority scheduling and expedited initial review and permitting to commercial and residential projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications. To qualify for the incentive, projects must also achieve Priority Green requirements for energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and indoor air quality including demonstrating at least 15% lower annual energy use than the 2015 maximum energy use allowed by the 2015 Seattle Energy Code.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2005-21
Bellingham, WA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Bellingham City Council adopted Resolution 2005-21, requiring all new municipal buildings and renovations over 5,000 square feet where the City provides a majority of the funding to earn LEED Silver certification. The City also provides a 0.5 Floor Area Ratio bonus for non-governmental projects that earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Auburn Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Section 49, Ordinance 6245
Auburn, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Auburn enacted Ordinance 6245, creating a points system gauging a project's compliance with the City's mixed-use development provisions. Projects are required to meet a minimum of 100 points through a combination of design and construction practices. Residential projects earn 15 points for earning LEED for Homes or Neighborhood Development certifications, and 5 additional points for each subsequent level of certification achieved (Silver, Gold, or Platinum). Mixed-use development projects earn 15 points if the residential portion of the project LEED for Homes or Neighborhood Development certifications, with 5, 10 or 15 additional points for LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications, respectively. The non-residential portion of the project also earns 15 points for earning LEED certification, with 5 points for each additional level of certification achieved.
County
In effect
Resolution 2005-028
WA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, Whatcom County enacted Resolution #2005-028, committing the county, where feasible, to achieve LEED Silver for new and renovated county buildings over 5,000 square feet where the county provides the majority of funding. The resolution also encourages private sector projects to achieve LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Shaw-East Pioneer Overlay Zones, Ordinance 2937
Puyallup, WA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Puyallup enacted Ordinance 2937, encouraging new construction located in Shaw-East Pioneer overlay zones to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Everett Municipal Code, Chapter 16.3, Ordinance CB0705-27
Everett, WA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Everett City Council enacted Ordinance CB 0705-27, requiring new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also encourages appropriate departments to budget for and attend sustainable building training and/or obtain LEED accreditation, and additionally instructs the City to encourage LEED through land use regulations, building codes, and development standards.
City/Town
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
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
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 08-00109
Madison, WI
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Madison City Council adopted Resolution 08-00109, requiring all new municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also encourages private developers to follow LEED guidelines and to pursue LEED certification.