Sustainable Development Checklist

Sustainable Development Checklist

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IMPORTANT UPDATE 2022: Due to the popularity of the Green Building incentive program, we are close to fully subscribed and are requesting additional rebate funding for 2022. You are welcome to submit your application for review in the meantime but please be aware that your application may be declined if further funding is not available. We will provide another update when a decision on the funding request is made (likely mid-October or so).

Applications for this rebate are accepted from January 1, 2022, through December 15, 2022. A limited number of rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for all Electoral Area residents. The Sustainable Development Checklist is intended to help homeowners and builders in RDN Electoral Areas develop high-performance building projects. Homeowners who achieve a high score on the completed Checklist may qualify for incentives between $500 and $1,000.

Commercial and institutional developers are not eligible for financial incentives but can consult with RDN staff and participate in region-wide Green Building recognition programs.

How to Receive Your Rebate

Step 1 - Get the Sustainable Development Checklist

All homeowners and owner-builders are encouraged to review the Checklist as early as possible to take advantage of all possible opportunities. The more compact the house is and the higher EnerGuide rating it obtains, the easier it is to achieve a high score. The applicants also have the option to select items from a list to earn bonus points towards a higher Checklist score.

Step 2 -Consult with RDN Staff

If you intend to apply for the Checklist Incentive, contact the RDN Sustainability Coordinator for a free consultation on your project, at sustainability [at] or by phone at 250-390-6510 or 1-877-607-4111. The RDN staff will specify necessary supporting documentation for the Checklist, such as photos, receipts, and drawings.

Step 3 - Submit the Checklist and Receive an Incentive

When your Checklist arrives, RDN staff will review the application form and supporting materials. Incentives ranging from $500 to $1,000 for homeowners and owner-builders will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis while program funding lasts. Developments that qualify for an incentive must complete the process within six months of project completion.


Financial incentives
Level 1 $500
Level 2 $750
Level 3 $1,000

Submission must be made to the Regional District of Nanaimo by email, mail or in person at the RDN Administration Building:

Sustainable Development Checklist
c/o Sustainability Coordinator
Regional District of Nanaimo
6300 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T 6N2
sustainability [at]

Additional Notes

If your development falls into the following categories, you do not need to complete the Checklist.

  • Large-scale master-planned residential or mixed-use development
  • Subdivision and rezoning

Contact the RDN Sustainability Coordinator for more information on the Sustainable Development Checklist and Incentives: Email: sustainability [at] or Phone: 250-390-6510 or 1-877-607-4111.

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For More Information:

sustainability [at]