Green Building Program

Community Development Agency

Green Building is a whole systems approach to construction and building operations that minimizes the large impact that our built environment has on our environment. Green building also provides many benefits to the homeowner including long term value, reduced energy and water use, reduced maintenance, and a more comfortable and healthy indoor environment.

For more information on Marin County's Green Building Program or for green building technical assistance on any building project in Marin, contact Alice Zanmiller, via or email by phone to (415) 473-2797.

The Board of Supervisors Public Hearings for the Green Building Ordinance.


NEW: Revised Green Building Standards

Since 2001, the County of Marin has adopted local green building standards that exceed state codes. The current standards were adopted in November 2016 and went into effect January 1, 2017. However, the County’s green building framework has not undergone a substantial update since 2010. Best practices have evolved since then, and this update incorporates new policies to make buildings in Marin more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable to operate.The new standards maintain Marin’s legacy commitment to sustainability while enhancing flexibility and clarity for applicants. The Board of Supervisors adopted these policies on March 13, 2018.

The green building portions of these standards go into effect 30 days after adoption and will apply to all projects seeking permits after April 12, 2018. Before the County can enforce the energy efficiency standards adopted by the Board of Supervisors, the standards must first be approved by the California Energy Commission. The standards are available for public comment on the Energy Commission's website.They are anticipated to go to the Energy Commission Business Meeting for approval on June 13, 2018. 

Questions may be directed to Alice Zanmiller at (415) 473-2797 or at

New Green Building Guides

Residential & Commercial Green Building Requirements

Applies To

All residential and commercial projects effective January 1, 2017.



Rebates and Incentives
Required Checklists
Find a Certified Professional
More Information on Rating Systems

Additional assistance can be provided by Alice Zanmiller, at 415-473-2797, or via email.

Construction & Demolition Reuse and Recycling Ordinance - C&D Ordinance

Applies To

All building and demolition permits.



Minimum of 65% construction and demolition material from project reused or recycled.


  • Submit Recycling & Reuse Plan form with permit application.
  • Pay fee on square footage of project.
  • Submit all disposal and recycling receipts at completion of project for release of Hold on Final Inspection.

Wood Stove Rebate Program


Reduce air pollution from old, non-EPA certified wood-burning stoves and inserts in Marin County.


  • Ordinance 3395: Wood Smoke Reduction Ordinance
  • Non-EPA Phase II certified wood burning heaters or wood burning fireplaces will not be allowed to be added in new construction, additions or remodels of any size. Pellet-fueled and gas appliances will be allowed.
  • Removal of non-EPA Phase II certified wood stoves and inserts for all remodels and additions over 500 square feet and all homes.


Marin County offers rebates for decommissioning or replacing non-EPA certified wood burning devices with gas appliances or electric heat pumps. Download the application below and mail to "Wood Stove Rebate Program" 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 308, San Rafael, CA 94903, email a scanned PDF to, or fax to (415) 473-7880.

Additional Incentives and Offers





Please visit our Energy Financing page for information financing, grants and other financial incentives available to those making energy and water saving, and renewable energy projects.

Please visit our Energy Upgrade California Rebate Program page for information on securing rebates for energy efficiency home improvement projects. 

Green Building Resources

Green Building Resources

Find information on current green building standards and products through the following organizations and certification bodies.

Green Labels

  • Passive House Institute US – PHIUS provides case studies, a certified projects database, and resources for project designers and owners including software and technical resources.

Additional Resources

Green Building Materials Display

The Marin County Community Development Agency's Permit Office houses our Green Building Display. The Green Building Display contains information and live samples on different green products and building practices. Many of these products can garner points for your LEED or GreenPoint Rated project.

Feel free to contact staff with any questions: (415) 473-2698;