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CalGreen for Palm Desert

CalGreen for your Palm Desert permit requires you submit their own 2019 CalGreen Residential Mandatory Measures Checklist for residential projects when you submit your building plans. However, this checklist can lead the unwary into wasting money on unnecessary requirements. This is because the checklist implies that your project must comply with all of the items listed.. However, few new homes are actually required to comply with every mandatory measure! It takes a specialist in the CalGreen Code to understand which mandatory measures are not required on your project. 

It is important to understand three things about the City of Palm Desert CalGreen Checklist. 

The first is that the checklist is a commitment that is being made with the city building department. Each item checked becomes an obligation that the project must include. Failure to install any item on the list is cause for the building inspector to deny an occupancy permit. This can cause a costly delay for the home owner or building owner.

Second, it is important to understand that the checklist does not place an obligation on the contractor. The checklist shows the building department how the project will comply with the code. The design drawings and specifications must describe the CalGreen items called for on the checklist. 

Lastly, the Palm Desert CalGreen Checklist does not have all the code requirements on it.  You cannot rely on your building department’s checklist for full compliance with the code. Therefore it is in your best interest to hire a CalGreen specialist who can ensure all of the code requirements are met.

Similar to the residential checklist, the City of Palm Desert requires you to use their published 2019 Non-residential Mandatory Measures Checklist for commercial projects. This extensive checklist can be even more problematic for those not thoroughly familiar with the CalGreen Code.

Page 1 of the Palm Desert Residential Checklist

                              Page 1 of the Palm Desert Residential Checklist

Palm Desert Building & Safety

The Palm Desert Department of Building and Safety Division is the agency that regulates the CalGreen Code requirements. The regulations apply to both residential and commercial construction new constructions as well as to certain alterations and additions.

All new and renovation projects in the city require a CalGreen permit submittal. This applies to both residential and commercial projects.

We Work Directly With the City Permit Department

If necessary, we will deal directly with the city building department to ensure your project does not get unfairly burdened with inapplicable CalGreen requirements. THIS is the difference a CalGreen specialist can bring to your project. Fewer requirements mean lower construction costs, fewer constructability issues and fewer change orders. At CalGreen Energy Services we can save your project time and money.

Our Fees

Our fees for a CalGreen Checklist for single-family residences, or ADU’s range from $245. This fee includes authoring the checklist and placing it on a full size drawing sheet. In addition, we review your architectural plans to ensure they comply with all of the CalGreen requirements. We add detailed notes on our plans to ensure the contractor complies with the requirements during construction. Lastly, we will respond to any CalGreen permit comments from the city. All of these are included in our fee. 

Whether you are an architect, home owner or contractor, we can help ensure your project goes smoothly. We can provide professional services at very low fees because of our standardized process, and thirty-five years experience in the field of sustainable design. 

At CalGreen Energy Services we are specialists in the CalGreen Code. CalGreen is our only business. If you have a CalGreen question please feel free to give us a call. We are happy to share our knowledge.   

We respond quickly to emails and voicemails. We will put together a proposal for you right away and can typically start on your project within a couple of days.

Call us today and let us show you how we can help with your project.

ICC Certified CalGreen Inspector

Gary Welch


Phone: 707-328-5299

Visit the Palm Desert Department of Building and Safety for more information on Green Building here.

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