2019 Mountain View Green Building and Reach Codes




On November 12, 2019, the City Council adopted the Mountain View Green Building Code amendments, which includes the Reach Code, and amended Chapters 8, 14 and 24 of the Mountain View City Code.

Available links to Council Agenda, Council Report, Chapters 8, 14 and 24:

The code amendments are applicability to any project submitted after December 31, 2019.  The community is actively seeking answers to common questions regarding the new codes and how this may affect their proposed construction project or redevelopment.  We have compiled a list of common questions received by the City of Mountain View and Silicon Valley Clean Energy ( Peninsula Reach Codes )


The Mountain View Green Building Code (MVGBC) amends the State-mandated California Green Building Code (CalGreen) to include local green building standards and requirements for private development. The MVGBC applies green building requirements per building type and threshold to new construction, residential additions and commercial/industrial tenant improvements and includes energy efficiency standards that exceed the 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

The MVGBC does not require formal certification from a third-party organization. Instead, projects will be required to be designed and constructed to “meet the intent” of a third-party rating system.

If you are planning to submit an application for a construction permit in the City of Mountain View click the applicable code year and confirm whether or not you will be required to meet the MVGBC requirements. The amended submittal worksheet for both residential and commercial/mixed-use is available in the "Forms" section of this website:

For questions, please contact the Building Division at 650-903-6313 and building@mountainview.gov.  

CSCDA California First

Mountain View businesses can now take advantage of low-cost financing to make “green” improvements to their properties, i.e. be green and save green! The CaliforniaFIRST program offers low-cost, long-term financing for commercial energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades that are permanently affixed to a building. Property owners agree to repay the cost of improvements through a line item on their property tax bill over the life of the upgrade, up to 20 years. Eligible non-residential properties include commercial, industrial, and multi-family (5 or more units). For more information or to apply for financing, visit http://www.californiafirst.org/.