In 2015, the Town of Mountain Village adopted the Smart Building Incentive Program allowing property owners to waive up to 100 percent of their 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.
There are three owner incentives which 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, a maximum discount of 100 percent of the building permit fee will be given! 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.
Complete incentives individually or collectively.
Smart Building Initiative
Exterior Energy Use
Interior Energy Use HERS Rating
Individual Discount Available
|20% building permit fee discount shall be provided.||15% building permit fee discount shall be provided.||Up to 100% building permit fee discount shall be provided.|
| There is no exterior energy use|
At least 20% 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 of fifty years in a form acceptable to the town attorney’s office.
| A building with a HERS rating of 50 or lower
HERS ratings can be lowered by either on-site or off-site solar photovoltaic systems.
|Take advantage of our Solar Energy Incentive program offering a 40 cent rebate per watt up to a total rebate of $2,000. An average home will install a 4,000 watt system which equates to a $1,600 rebate from the Town.||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 a 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.
For instance, 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.