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City of Asheville - Building Permit Fee Waiver   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/28/2012
Program Overview:
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Energy Star Rating, Healthy Built Home Certification, LEED Certification
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Start Date:7/01/2009
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Effective:
Asheville Permitting Fees

The City of Asheville waives fees for building permits and plan reviews for certain renewable energy technologies and green building certifications for homes and mixed-use commercial buildings. Waivers for building permit fees may apply to residences with the following designations (the regular fee is in parentheses):

  • HealthyBuilt Home Certification ($100)
  • Energy Star Rating ($100)
  • Geothermal heat pumps ($50)
  • Solar-energy systems ($50)
  • Wind turbines ($50)
  • Storm water (gray water) collection device for reuse in yard sprinkler or elsewhere ($50)

Regular fees must be paid in full but will be rebated upon certification. These fee waivers also apply to mixed-use commercial buildings if they include residential space.

The city will also reduce plan review fees by 50% for any building that is seeking LEED certification. Regular fees must be paid in full but will be rebated upon certification.

  Mark Case
Building Safety Department
P.O. Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: (828) 259-5628
Fax: (828) 250-8785
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