The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Department of Code Enforcement, has developed an incentive for property owners and developers to renovate and/or construct buildings in a sustainable manner. The incentive, which qualifies building projects to receive up to a 50 percent reduction on permit fees associated with the project, also rewards building owners and developers for integrating sustainable design techniques into building projects.
To qualify for the rebate, projects must meet specific criteria that equate to measurable benefits to building owners, occupants and the citizens of Indianapolis. The criteria, although principally based on LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council), does not require a building to be LEED-registered or LEED-certified. However, a building project that is seeking LEED-certification of any level will qualify for all or part of the rebate.