Last Updated July 15, 2022
Green Building Incentive
City of Chicago
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
The City of Chicago encourages building design, construction, and renovation in a manner that provides healthier environments, reduces operating costs, and conserves energy. The Department of Buildings offers three programs for projects that include green elements, the Green Permit Benefit Tier Program, the Green Permit Program, and the Solar Express Program. The Green Permit Benefit Tier Program offers qualifying projects an expedited permit process and a possible reduction of permit fees. The Green Permit Program also offers projects with green elements (geothermal systems, green roofs, photovoltaic systems, rainwater harvesting systems, solar thermal panels, and wind turbines) a priority review process. Included below is a Green Permit Flow Chart with detailed instructions. The Solar Express Program expedites permitting for solar panel installations.
- Commercial projects must earn certification within the LEED or Green Globes rating systems.
- Residential projects must earn certification under LEED for Homes or Green Globes rating systems.
- All projects must implement green strategies or green technologies to receive incentives.
Projects meeting the following criteria are eligible for the Green Elements Permit Process:
- Green Roofs
- Photovoltaic Panels
- Solar Thermal Panels
- Wind Turbines
- Rainwater Harvesting Systems
To participate in the Green Permit Benefit Tier Program, the applicant must submit documentation outlining all of the green building components to be included in the project. These components will be discussed at the initial Green Permit Program orientation meeting. To maximize the benefits of the Green Permit Benefit Tier Program, applicants may contact the Green Permits Project Administrator to set up a meeting once the projection of construction documents has begun. The applicant is then guided through the expedited permit process by a dedicated Green Permit Project Administrator.