Our Priority Green Expedited program shortens the time it takes you to get a new construction permit in exchange for meeting a green building rating. The program sets high but achievable thresholds for energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, and indoor air quality.
We give you:
Your project must enroll or register with one of the following organizations and certification levels:
Built Green or LEED for Homes Verification: For small residential projects, you must hire an approved Built Green or LEED for Homes verifier to help you develop your green building strategies and to complete a project checklist. The independent verifier will authenticate all the information on the checklists by conducting inspections and tests during construction, and submitting documentation to certify your project.
LEED Verification: For larger residential or commercial projects you will need to hire a LEED consultant and/or a consultant to perform energy modeling to help you develop your green building strategies and complete a project checklist. Once your construction is complete, the verifier or consultant must send us documentation confirming your project will be certified.
LBC, Petal or Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) Certification Verification: For projects pursuing these certifications you must complete an LBC design development or similar review and submit a post-construction Preliminary Audit Report from an independent LBC auditor (coordinated through the International Living Future Institute™).
PHIUS+2015 Verification: Hire a PHIUS+ certified consultant and rater / large building verifier and complete the pre-certification review. The verifier will authenticate all the information by conducting inspections and tests during construction, and submitting documentation to certify your project.
SDCI Alternative Path Verification: SDCI Alternative Path provides an option for applicants who choose not to seek a third-party certification. Approved plans show the required details and projects are inspected by our Green Building staff prior to occupancy.
We don't require additional permit fees if your project is eligible for Priority Green. Fees are based on the value of your project. Use our fee estimator to estimate how much your permit will cost. We will also charge hourly fees for certain reviews; see the Fee Subtitle for details.
Recent data shows applications are issued on average about 45 days ahead of other comparable applications. However, the time it takes to get your permit depends on:
The expedited process leads to shorter initial review and faster routing and permit processing times. The single point of contact can also reduce permit times.
On complex projects, we try to finish our initial review of construction permits in 8 weeks, but for Priority Green projects we shorten your review by:
Find out if you're eligible. To confirm your project is eligible for Priority Green Expedited, and for questions, email us at email@example.com.
Submit Priority Green application materials. Send your application materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks before your intake appointment. We'll review your materials and notify you within 2 weeks to confirm your eligibility or to request further information. Below is a list of the application materials you will need.
Schedule an intake appointment. Schedule an electronic intake appointment through your Project Portal. You may schedule an appointment without screening if you are a consistently prepared applicant with a rating of 80 percent or better. You must upload all application documents by 7:00 a.m. on the day of your appointment. We may contact you that day for more information. Allow 2 weeks between when you submit your Priority Green application materials and your intake appointment.
Initial plan review. During plan review, call (206) 684-7744 or email email@example.com ― your single point of contact to facilitate resolution of issues during plan review.
Schedule your Built Green, LEED for Homes, or PHIUS Inspection: Your verifier must inspect the project during construction prior to your final SDCI inspection:
Schedule your LBC Inspection: Since the LBC is based on a twelve-month performance period after occupancy, a pre-occupancy inspection and/or report may be required.
Schedule your SDCI Alternative Path Inspection: SDCI green building staff must inspect the project during construction. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an inspection (prior to SDCI's final inspection) so we can verify the Alternative Path requirements are built and installed per approved plans. Please give us several days to schedule and respond to this request.
Schedule your SDCI Final Inspection: You can schedule a SDCI inspection after you've completed the required green building inspection. See the construction inspections page for when to call us and how to schedule your inspection.