Local Option - Green Building Incentives (North Carolina)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place North Carolina

Name Local Option - Green Building Incentives
Incentive Type Green Building Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

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


To encourage sustainable building practices, North Carolina law allows all counties and cities to provide reductions or partial rebates for building permit fees. To qualify for a fee reduction, buildings must meet guidelines established by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the Green Globes program, or another recognized certification program.

SB 1597 of 2008 also granted authority to a few select jurisdictions to provide density bonuses, make adjustments to otherwise applicable development requirements, or provide other incentives to a developer or builder who builds or reconstructs developments which make a significant contribution to the reduction of energy consumption. The local jurisdiction is free to determine their own eligibility criteria based on generally recognized standards including LEED or other national or regional certification programs. Originally limited to just 1 county, 7 cities and 7 towns, this authority was granted to all counties, cities and towns by SB 52 of 2009.

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

Authority 1: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 153A-340
Date Effective 2007-08-19
Date Enacted 2007-08-19

Authority 2: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 160A-381
Date Effective 2007-08-19
Date Enacted 2007-08-19

Authority 3: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 160A-383.4
Date Effective 2008-06-30
Date Enacted 2008-06-30

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


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