Lincoln County - LEED-Certified Building Incentive Program

December 03, 2015


Lincoln county is providing an incentive for the construction of certified green buildings in the commercial and industrial sector. Only newly constructed buildings are eligible, and they must have a minimum tax assessed value of $2,000,000. The county has chosen the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system as the standard for the program, but may accept projects on a case-by-case basis that are certified through a functionally equivalent certification standard adopted by a functionally similar certification body.

The program will exempt the project from the following fees:

  • Up to 95% of the building permit fees
  • Up to 95% of the sewer tap fees
  • Up to 95% of the water tap fees
  • Up to 95% of the sewer capacity development fees
  • Up to 95% of the water capacity development fees

The cap on incentives is the lesser of $200,000 or the following values which are based on the building's tax value and the level of LEED certification acheived by the building:

  • LEED Certified: 0.1% of the building's tax assessed value
  • LEED Silver: 0.2% of the building's tax assessed value
  • LEED Gold: 0.5% of the building's tax assessed value
  • LEED Platinum: 1.0% of the building's tax assessed value

See Exhibit A of the County Resolution, or contact Lincoln County Planning and Inspections for more information.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: Lincoln County
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Daylighting
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Wind (Small)


Name: County Resolution
Date Enacted: 4/2/2012


Name: R. S. Williams, AICP
Address: 302 North Academy Street
Lincolnton NC 28092
Phone: (704) 736-8472

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.