In an effort to promote environmentally sensitive design and construction, the Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed an ordinance in June 2005 to expedite the permitting process for “green” buildings certified by a recognized environmental rating agency. Commercial, industrial, and residential projects are all eligible as long as they are located in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and the City of West Miami. Additionally, solar water heating and solar photovoltaic projects are included in the "fast track" for permitting review.
Project must meet the following criteria:
1. Limited to new construction of residential, commercial and industrial projects.
2. Additions, alterations, repairs and the new construction of accessory structures are not eligible for the expedited program.
3. The project has a dollar value of $50,000 or more.
4. The applicant has to submit, at time of permit application, an original or certified copy of a letter from the Florida Green Building Coalition or the United States Green Building Council indicating that the design has been registered or certified as a green building by the organization.
See the Miami-Dade County Building Department web site for additional information.