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  1. City of Santa Monica - Building Permit Fee Waiver for Solar Projects

    City of Santa Monica - Building Permit Fee Waiver for Solar Projects

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    In early 2002, the City of Santa Monica began waiving building permit fees for solar energy systems. In December 2008, after months of working with industry trainers, solar contractors and staff from the Solar Santa Monica office, the city released their guidelines for basic information required for photovoltaic plan check submittal. The guideline's purpose is to help standardize solar installation and inspection procedures while making sure all Code requirements are met. Learn More
  2. City of Santa Monica - Expedited Permitting for Green Buildings

    City of Santa Monica - Expedited Permitting for Green Buildings

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    The City of Santa Monica adopted an ordinance in August 2005 to encourage the construction of sustainable buildings. The ordinance, incorporated into the Municipal Code of Santa Monica, allows for priority plan check processing for building projects that are registered with the United States Green Building Council for certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The ordinance applies to all new buildings and major renovations which total an amount exceeding fifty percent of their replacement cost. All applicants wishing to receive priority plan check processing must submit proof of LEED registration and a checklist indicating all of the credits they plan to pursue before they can receive expedited permitting. Applicants must also clearly specify the materials, systems and strategies they will use to achieve the credits in the plans submitted to the City for plan check approval. Learn More
  3. LADWP - Priority Service for Green Buildings

    LADWP - Priority Service for Green Buildings

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    In March 2007, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners adopted a policy of expedited permitting for buildings that are designed to meet USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. The policy provides for expedited processes for water and electrical connections for new construction or for building retrofits. When applications are submitted to the LADWP, any projects that meet the LEED silver standard will be labeled "Green Building" and will receive priority treatment. The LADWP will also work with applicants to find other incentives to assist the project. Learn More

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