Santa Clara County - County Green Building Standards Code

June 08, 2020


The purpose of this chapter is to enhance public health and welfare and assure that green building principles and practices are incorporated into new development to limit impacts to the natural and human environment within unincorporated Santa Clara County, The green building provisions referenced in this chapter are designed to achieve the following goals: 

  • Increase energy efficiency in buildings
  • Reduce potable water demand
  • Encourage natural resource conservation
  • Reduce waste generated by construction projects
  • Provide durable buildings that are efficient, cost effective, and economical to own and operate
  • Promote the health and productivity of residents and workers who occupy and live in buildings within the County

The additions and amendments to this chapter require the accommodation of electric vehicles through the implementation of electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: California
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building


Name: County of Santa Clara Ordinance Code
Effective Date: 09/12/2016


Name: Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development
Address: 70 W Hedding St.
San Jose CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5770

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.