City of Indianapolis - Green Building Incentive Program

July 15, 2022


The Indianapolis Office of Sustainability and the Department of Code Enforcement offer reduction in permit fees for projects achieving certain green building criteria. Property owners and developers constructing new buildings or completing major renovations on existing buildings are eligible to receive the incentive. Projects located within Indianapolis or Marion County are eligible.

There are six green building categories. Meeting the minimum criteria for three categories qualifies the project for a 30% rebate on permit fees.  For each additional category that the project meets, it will receive an additional 10% off permit fees. The maximum rebate amount is 50%. The six categories are:

  • Water Quality/Quantity
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Site
  • Innovation Design

Detailed requirements of each of the categories are available on the program web site. In order to qualify for the energy category, the building must meet ASHRAE 90.1-2007 guidelines and/or utilize on-site renewable energy. Residential buildings must use ENERGY STAR rated (or equivalent) HVAC systems, lighting systems, and appliances. In order to apply for the permit rebate, the applicant must fill out the Green Building Incentive Worksheet and submit it with all required construction documents for the initial permit review. The worksheet is available here and at the program website.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Indiana
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement and Office of Sustainability
Start Date: 08/01/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
  • Wind (Small)
  • Geothermal Direct-Use
Permit Fee Waiver / Reduction: 30%-50% reduction in permit fees
Expedited Permitting Process: N/A
Density Bonus: N/A


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Geothermal Heat Pumps, Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators/Freezers, Dehumidifiers, Ceiling Fan, Water Heaters, Lighting, Chillers, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Air conditioners, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Wind (Small), Geothermal Direct-Use
Sectors: Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government, Federal Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Parameters: The incentive has a minimum of 50.00 %, The incentive has a maximum of 30.00 %


Name: Allyson Pumphrey
Organization: City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis IN

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.