Marin County - Green Building Incentive Program

August 24, 2010


Marin County's Community Development Agency provides incentives for new construction that incorporates green building practices. The incentives were adopted in October 2001 by the Marin County Board of Supervisors. The goal of the program is to enhance energy efficiency and conservation in residential, commercial and community facilities. The incentive program includes the following incentives:

  • Waiver of the Title 24 (California Building Energy Efficiency Standards) energy fee (new construction projects only)
  • Fast-track permit processing
  • Free green building technical assistance, design consultation, resources and information for all Marin County residents.
A project must fulfill one of the following requirements to qualify for the first two incentives:
  • Exceed Title 24 requirements by 20%, or
  • Install an on-site renewable energy system that produces a minimum of 75% of the annual energy use for the building and site amenities.
See the program web site above for more information.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: Marin County Community Development Agency
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Solar Pool Heating
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval


Name: Omar Pena
Organization: Marin County Community Development Agency
Address: 3501 Civic Center Drive, #308
San Rafael CA 94903-4157
Phone: (415) 507-2797

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.