Local Ordinances
Exceeding the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Process for Adopting Local Standards

Public Resources Code Section 25402.1(h)2 and Section 10-106 of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Standards) establish a process which allows local adoption of energy standards that are more stringent than the statewide Standards. This process allows local governmental agencies to adopt and enforce energy standards for newly constructed buildings, additions, alterations, and repairs to existing buildings provided the Energy Commission finds that the standards will require buildings to be designed to consume no more energy than permitted by Title 24, Part 6.

Local jurisdictions wishing to enforce locally adopted energy standards must submit an application with the following materials to the Executive Director: (1) the proposed energy standards, (2) the local jurisdiction’s findings and supporting analyses on the energy savings and cost effectiveness of the proposed energy standards, (3) a statement or finding by the local jurisdiction that the local energy standards will require buildings to be designed to consume no more energy than permitted by Part 6, and (4) any findings, determinations, declarations or reports, including any negative declaration or environmental impact report, required pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.

Local jurisdictions are required to apply to the Energy Commission for approval, documenting the supporting analysis for how the local government has determined that their proposed Standards will save more energy than the current statewide Standards and the basis of the local government’s determination that the local standards are cost-effective. Once the Energy Commission staff has verified that the local standards will require buildings to use no more energy than the current statewide Standards and that the documentation and 60-day public comment period requirements in Section 10-106 are met, the application is brought before the full Energy Commission for approval.

For questions regarding Local Ordinances or about applications for a local ordinance to exceed the 2016 Standards, contact:
Ingrid Neumann
California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street, MS-37
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ingrid.Neumann@energy.ca.gov

For questions regarding enforcement of Local Ordinances, contact:
Joe Loyer
California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street, MS-26
Sacramento, CA 95814
Joe.Loyer@energy.ca.gov

For questions about the 2016 Standards and program proceeding, contact the Energy Standards Hotline.


The California Energy Commission commends the following agencies that have adopted energy ordinances requiring more stringent energy requirements than those set by California's 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Title 24, Part 6.

Please note that under the authority of Section 10-106, only those ordinances that have been approved by the Energy Commission are legally enforceable. See more about the process for adopting local standards more stringent than statewide Standards.

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Pending Local Energy Standards Applications

Local Ordinances Date Available Documents Type Submit Public Comment
Fremont, City of January 23, 2017 Lighting

Submit Comment Due April 10, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

Mill Valley February 8, 2017 Efficiency

Submit Comment Due April 10, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

Novato, City of February 7, 2017 Efficiency

Submit Comment Due April 10, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.


Approved Local Energy Standards

Local Ordinances Date Approved Documents Type
Marin County March 8, 2017 Submittal to the California Energy Commission (Zip File) Efficiency
Palo Alto, City of September 14, 2016 Submittal to the California Energy Commission (Zip File) Efficiency, Solar PV
San Francisco, City of November 9, 2016 Submittal to the California Energy Commission (Zip File) Solar PV or Solar Thermal
San Mateo, City of September 14, 2016 Submittal to the California Energy Commission (Zip File) Cool Roofs, Solar
Santa Monica, City of March 8, 2017

March 8, 2017
Submittal to the California Energy Commission (Zip File)

Submittal to the California Energy Commission (Zip File)
Efficiency

Solar PV

 

Resources for Local Jurisdictions

The following model ordinance is designed for local jurisdictions considering solar PV ordinances to reach beyond the mandatory requirements of the current 2016 Standards. It is complimented by a study showing cost effectiveness for various levels of load displacement depending on climate zone. The proposed ordinance language and supporting study are provided as a resource to local jurisdictions wishing to pursue a solar ordinance that satisfies Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-106 and is consistent with the statewide standards for solar photovoltaics currently being developed by the Building Standards Office.

Draft Model Local Solar Ordinance v5

Model Solar Ordinance Cost Effectiveness Study

Questions about these materials or the Local Ordinance Program can be submitted to Ingrid Neumann via contact information above.