Smart Building Incentive Program

In 2015, the Town of Mountain Village adopted the Smart Building Incentive Program allowing property owners to waive up to 100 percent of building permit fees.

With the intent to reduce the amount of energy and greenhouse gas emissions produced in our community, any resident or business owner renovating, expanding or building onto their property can participate in the Smart Building Incentive Program.

How Does This Work?

There are three owner incentives that can be used individually or collectively toward a building permit fee discount. If all three of the owner incentives listed below are accomplished collectively for efficient home design, 100 percent of the project's building permit fees will be waived. This could be a savings of tens of thousands of dollars!

Applicants will follow the standard building permit procedures. Smart building initiatives must be shown within the building permit application. Once the application has been approved, the appropriate fees will be waived.

Create a Smart Building Design

Complete incentives individually or collectively.

Renewable energy incentive

Exterior energy use incentive

Interior energy use HERS rating incentive

Individual Discount Available

20 percent building permit fee discount shall be provided.

15 percent building permit fee discount shall be provided.

Up to 100 percent building permit fee discount shall be provided.


There is no exterior energy use


at least 20 percent of the estimated energy use is offset by a renewable energy source.

Building is designed with no exterior energy use elements other than lighting


a covenant shall be recorded against the property for the benefit of the town, acknowledging the acceptance of the owner's forfeiture of the right to install any exterior energy use items after obtaining the certificate of occupancy (CO) for a period fifty years in a form acceptable to the town attorney office.

A building with a HERS rating of 50 or lower.

(HERS ratings can be lowered by either on-site or off-site photovoltaic systems.)

Please note

If during this period after CO it is found that exterior energy use items are desired by the owner and installed, the awarded building permit fee discount pursuant to this section shall be paid to the town per the terms of the covenant.

The discount calculation begins at HERS rating of 50. A new building with a HERS rating of 50 would pay 100% of the building permit fee. The building permit fee would be reduced proportionately with the percentage reduction in the HERS rating.

(Example, a HERS score of 25 is a 50% reduction in the building permit fee. A HERS score of 0 would result in a 100% building permit fee discount.)


For more information, please contact the Planning and Development Department by email or (970) 369-8251.