City of Los Angeles - Green Building Retrofit Requirement

June 21, 2024


In April 2009, Los Angeles enacted Ordinance 180636, known as the Green Building Retrofit Ordinance. This ordinance was later amended by Ordinance 182259. The law requires all city-owned buildings that are either more than 7,500 square feet or built before 1978 to be retrofitted. The goal of the retrofits will be to achieve LEED for Existing Buildings Silver certification or higher. This requirement is subject to the availability of state or federal funds. The Ordinance requires that at least half of the buildings retrofitted are located in high-poverty and high-unemployment areas, and that, to the extent feasible, all construction be performed by local residents.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: California
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Combined Heat & Power
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Lighting
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Roofs
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Geothermal Direct-Use
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment


Name: Ordinance No. 182259
Date Enacted: 09/21/2012
Effective Date: 09/21/2012


Name: Program Information
Organization: Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Address: 111 North Hope Street
Los Angeles CA 90051
Phone: (213) 485-4282

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.