Costa Mesa - Fee Waiver for Green Building (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name City of Costa Mesa - Fee Waiver for Green Building
Incentive Type Green Building Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Any on-site renewable energy device
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Start Date 2008-09-17

Program Administrator City of Costa Mesa Development Services Department
Date added to DSIRE 2008-02-05
Last DSIRE Review 2009-10-07

References DSIRE[1]


In September 2007, the City of Costa Mesa began waiving building permit fees for green installations. The City Council recognized that waiving these fees could act as an incentive to encourage the community to build green and reduce its carbon footprint. Resolution 07-71 waived permit fees for green installations, and provides a rebate for the cost of green building certification, not to exceed the cost of the building permit. On September 16, 2008, City Council again voted for a Green Building Program effective September 17, 2008 through June 30, 2009

Green installations include home and business construction improvements requiring building permits for installing class A roof assembly, residential cool roofs, garden roofs, insulation above minimum energy code standards, renewable energy systems, biomass, wind turbine, geothermal heat pumps, cogeneration fuel cells, photovoltaics, skylights, tankless domestic water heaters, waterless urinals, grey water system, high performance windows and doors, high efficiency HVAC systems, and other green installations or innovations as approved by the Building Official.

Green certifications which are eligible for the incentive include LEED certification by the US Green Building Council, green certification by Build It Green, or green certification by CA Green Builder.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Khanh Nguyen, PE, CBO, CGBP
Department City of Costa Mesa Development Services Department

Address 77 Fair Drive
Address 2 Second Floor
Place Costa Mesa, California
Zip/Postal Code 92626
Phone (714) 754-5277


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: City Council Resolution 08-71
Date Effective 2008-09-17
Date Enacted 2008-09-16
Expiration Date 2009-06-30

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"