LEED® Certification Process

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Certification fees

The certification fee is based on your project's rating system and size.

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: location and transportation, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

There are a number of LEED® rating systems available to meet the needs of different building and project types. Each LEED rating system consists of prerequisites and credits. Prerequisites are required elements, or green building strategies that must be included in any LEED certified project. Credits are optional elements, or strategies that projects can elect to pursue to gain points toward LEED certification.

With four possible levels of certification (certified, silver, gold and platinum), LEED is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of green building strategies that best fit the constraints and goals of particular projects.

Certification guides outline the process and necessary details for projects attempting LEED certification. To view the Certification Guide for LEED v4 projects click here. To view the Certification Guide for LEED Canada projects click here.


LEED certification involves five primary steps:


Determine which rating system you will use. Guidance is available for LEED v4 and earlier versions. Make sure to check out the Minimum Program Requirements (LEED v4 or earlier versions) to know if your project is eligible for LEED certification.

Register your project. Registration provides projects with a declared intent to certify. After registration a project may be referred to as a LEED Candidate or LEED Certification Candidate and the project will be listed in the CaGBC's public Project Profile database (owners may choose to decline this profiling opportunity). View registration fees. LEED for Homes and Midrise projects must contact a Provider prior to registration; providers guide the project through the process of seeking certification and provide on-site inspections. Learn how you can promote your project
Submit your certification application and pay a certification review fee. Fees differ with building type and square footage. Please be sure to submit no later than two years after substantial completion (if LEED v4) and before the sunset date for the rating system under which the project was registered.

Await the application review. Generally, projects undergo two stages of review, with time for the project team to respond to questions raised between reviews. LEED for Homes and Midrise projects typically require one stage of review.

Receive the certification decision, which you can either accept or appeal. An affirmative decision signifies that your building is now LEED certified. Learn how you can promote your project.