City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Expedited Permit Program (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Expedited Permit Program
Incentive Type Green Building Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Photovoltaics, Yes; specific technologies not identified
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Start Date 2003-05-20

Program Administrator City of San Diego Development Services

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


In 2002, the City of San Diego passed a Resolution R-298001, which amended the Sustainable Building Policy to allow for expedited permitting for sustainable buildings. Sustainable buildings are defined in Policy Number 900-14, and the expedited permitting program is described in Policy Number 600-27. The Sustainable Building Policy is scheduled to be revised every three years.
New residential, commercial, and industrial development projects are all eligible for expedited permitting. The expedited permitting process is estimated to take 75% as much time as the normal permitting process. The policy also prioritizes project types in the case that the expedited permitting program is full. Sustainable projects that also qualify as "Affordable Housing" projects receive second priority, and all other sustainable building projects receive fourth priority.
In order to qualify for expedited permitting as a sustainable building, a project must utilize either photovoltaics to generate a "certain percentage" of the project's energy needs, or achieve LEED Silver certification. Program materials, including a checklist and form, are available on the program web site above.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name General Information
Department City of San Diego
Division Development Services

Phone (619) 446-5000


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Policy No. 600-27
Date Effective 2003-05-20

Authority 2: Policy No. 900-14

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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