Mecklenburg County - Green Permit Rebate Program (North Carolina)

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Last modified on September 25, 2013.

Financial Incentive Program

Place North Carolina

Name Mecklenburg County - Green Permit Rebate Program
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, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Program Administrator Mecklenburg County

References DSIRE[1]


Mecklenburg County offers an incentive for new homes and businesses to be constructed according to certain sustainable guidelines. For new commercial projects completed after January 1, 2008, which are certified under LEED or Green Globes, the county will issue a rebate of up to 25% (up to $100,000) for the cost of a permit. New homes can receive a permit rebate if they are certified under, LEED for homes, EarthCraft House, NC HealthyBuilt Homes, and the NAHB National Green Building Program.

The certification programs are point-based, rewarding points for a variety of sustainable measures. The technologies referenced above are not eligible for stand-alone incentives from Mecklenburg County, but instead they are technologies which earn points toward certification.

To be eligible for the county rebate, the project owner must submit a written application for a "Green Permit Rebate" to Documents and Inspections at Code Enforcement prior to the certificate of occupancy being issued. Upon receipt of the application, the Department will list that project in pending status. Upon achieving either LEED or Green Globes certification the Owner will submit the Green Permit Rebate certification form to Documents and Inspections. The rebate will be awarded if funds are available after Documents and Inspections approves the application at the following levels:

Certification 10% 15% 20% 25%
LEED Certified Silver Gold Platinum
Green Globes 1 Globe 2 Globes 3 Globes 4 Globes
HealthyBuilt Homes Certified Bronze Silver Gold
EarthCraft Homes
Certified Gold Platinum
NAHB Green Bronze Silver Gold Emerald

The program will be funded by the initial start-up funds of $1,150,000 plus an annual 2%-5% maximum set aside of the previous year's building permit fees. This amount will be agreed to annually with the Building Development Commission (BDC) and the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) as a part of the annual budget process. If all funding is exhausted, the qualifying projects will be allowed to re-apply the following budget year by submitting a new certification Form.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Green Permit Rebate
Department Mecklenburg County
Division Code Enforcement
Address 700 North Tryon Street
Place Charlotte, North Carolina
Zip/Postal Code 28202
Phone (704) 336-2831


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


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"