Program City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Expedited Permit Program
Category Financial Incentive
Implementing sector Local
Last Update
State California
Administrator City of San Diego Development Services
Start Date
Technologies Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors Residential

In 2002, the City of San Diego passed 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 50% 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.

See Council Policy 900-14 for a list of requirements to qualify for expedited permitting.  Program materials, including a checklist and form, are available on the program website above.

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