Seattle - Priority Green Permitting (Washington)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Washington

Name Seattle - Priority Green Permitting
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Construction, Installer/Contractor, Multi-Family Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, CHP/Cogeneration, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Active Incentive No

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

Date added to DSIRE 2011-01-31
Last DSIRE Review 2011-01-31

References DSIRE[1]


Seattle has several permitting incentives for green buildings as part of the Priority Green program. For single family residences, multi-family residential buildings and non-residential buildings that meet certain green building standards, there is an expedited permitting process. For innovative projects, there is a facilitated or priority review program.

In order to take advantage of the expedited permitting process, a single family residence must achieve LEED for Homes Silver or higher or Built Green 4 or 5 stars. In addition, the home must be 2,400 square feet or less of conditioned floor area and must recycle at least 50% of construction and demolition debris. Multi-family or commercial buildings must achieve LEED Gold or higher or Built Green 4 or 5 stars. In addition, the building must recycle construction and demolition debris, install EPA WaterSense plumbing fixtures, and must be designed for 15% better performance than the current Seattle Energy Code. Multi-family residential buildings and non-residential buildings get a shorter permit review time by 2 weeks; single-family residences get a shorter permit review time by 4 weeks.

  • 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)"