Mecklenburg County - Green Permit Rebate Program

May 17, 2010


Mecklenburg County offers an incentive for new homes and businesses to be constructed according to certain sustainable guidelines. For new commercial projects completed after January 1, 2008, which are certified under LEED or Green Globes, the county will issue a rebate of up to 25% (up to $100,000) for the cost of a permit. New homes can receive a permit rebate if they are certified under, LEED for homes, EarthCraft House, NC HealthyBuilt Homes, and the NAHB National Green Building Program. The certification programs are point-based, rewarding points for a variety of sustainable measures. The technologies referenced above are not eligible for stand-alone incentives from Mecklenburg County, but instead they are technologies which earn points toward certification. To be eligible for the county rebate, the project owner must submit a written application for a "Green Permit Rebate" to Documents & Inspections at Code Enforcement prior to the certificate of occupancy being issued. Upon receipt of the application, the Department will list that project in pending status. Upon achieving either LEED or Green Globes certification the Owner will submit the Green Permit Rebate certification form to Documents & Inspections. The rebate will be awarded if funds are available after Documents & Inspections approves the application at the following levels:

Green Globes1 Globe2 Globes3 Globes4 Globes
HealthyBuilt HomesCertifiedBronzeSilverGold
EarthCraft Homes-------CertifiedGoldPlatinum
NAHB GreenBronzeSilverGoldEmerald
The program will be funded by the initial start-up funds of $1,150,000 plus an annual 2%-5% maximum set aside of the previous year's building permit fees. This amount will be agreed to annually with the Building Development Commission (BDC) and the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) as a part of the annual budget process. If all funding is exhausted, the qualifying projects will be allowed to re-apply the following budget year by submitting a new certification Form.

Program Overview

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


Name: Green Permit Rebate
Organization: Mecklenburg County
Address: 700 North Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202
Phone: (704) 336-2831

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.