Land Development

Florida Green Land Development Standard:

The Florida Green Land Development Standard is designed to ease the rapid growth affecting our state. The standard sets forth smart growth strategies that result in low impact development. Florida Green Land Developments protect the existing environment, are more affordable to operate and increase the quality of life for residents.

Projects accumulate points towards certification. Points are awarded for incorporating green features into the community. These points are divided into several categories within the Land Development Standard including: Protection, Circulation, Utilities, Amenities, Covenants and Deed Restrictions, etc. A minimum score is required for certification. Projects that exceed the minimum score will be awarded with a higher level of certification based on total score. FGBC has four levels of certification including; bronze, silver, gold and platinum.


The certification process begins with the registration of the project submitted to FGBC along with the initial deposit. Once the project is registered the project team will determine which credits will be pursued. The Florida Green Designated Professional will then complete the final application and submit the remaining certification fee. Once received, a link will then be forwarded to the Designated Professional for submission of all documentation and supporting materials for all credit items claimed. A project evaluator will then review the project for certification. The Designated Professional will be notified of any deficiencies or additional documentation that may be needed. Upon completion of the review, the project evaluator will submit a final score and level to the Designated Professional. The project will then complete the certification process and will receive the certification documentation.


The Florida Green Building Coalition publishes all necessary resource documents to our website. Each Standard has its own unique set of resource documents. The Land Development Standard has a Standards & Policies Document, a Reference Guide and a Registration Application Checklist Form. These documents are revised and updated to ensure that they continually adapt to the rapidly changing environment. Please refer to the current version of the standard if there are more than two visible. An effective date will indicate which is the current set of documents.

The Standards & Policies outlines all of the FGBC policies and provides a detailed description of the certification program.

The Reference Guide outlines green Land Development practices. Additionally, it provides specific information on credits and acceptable submission requirements.

The Registration Application Checklist is the primary document for submitting the project for certification. The checklist has tabs at the bottom which include information needed and credits being claimed.

The Modification Request Form provides an opportunity for modifications to the Land Development Standard. Please complete the attached form and the Land Development Standard Committee will review.

Land Development Standard Committee

The Land Development Standard Committee is a volunteer committee comprised of members that have an interest in the Land Development Standard. The Committee reviews credits and revises the standard periodically to ensure that it continues to move Land Development Projects forward. The Land Development Committee is open to all active members. If you wish to join the Land Development Standard Committee, please follow the instructions in the membership section of the website. You can also email to be added to the committee.


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