City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Expedited Permit Program

July 20, 2022


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.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: City of San Diego Development Services
Start Date: 05/20/2003
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Expedited Permitting Process: Buildings designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification can qualify for expedited permits.


Name: Policy No. 600-27
Effective Date: 10/20/2017
Name: Policy No. 900-14
Effective Date: 05/18/2010


Name: General Information
Phone: (619) 446-5000

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.