Andriana Miljanic
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Here are submission deadlines for LEED certification before the end of the year.

Are you planning to achieve LEED project certification before Greenbuild 2019 or the end of the year? If so, be sure to submit for review on time. See below for application deadlines, based on typical review timelines.

Regardless of when a deadline occurs, all project teams hoping to achieve review milestones by a certain date should inform GBCI of their specific needs as early as possible. Reviewers will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests, as capacity allows. Several of our programs offer an expedited review timeline.

Deadlines to submit for LEED review and achieve certification in 2019

The following deadlines apply to all applications for LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C), LEED Interior Design and Construction (ID+C), LEED Operations and Maintenance (O+M), LEED Neighborhood Development (ND), LEED for Cities and Communities, and LEED Zero certification, excluding LEED Volume.

These timelines assume that no mid-review clarifications or appeal review are necessary. Reviews typically take 20–25 business days. Payment must clear before the review can begin. Regular review timelines include 20 business days after the preliminary review is returned for project teams to prepare clarifications and submit for final review.

LEED for Homes certification timelines do not take into account any optional pre-reviews. If you intend to submit an energy model, ventilation or outdoor water demand calculator for pre-review, please allow sufficient time for two rounds of review to be completed in advance of the LEED for Homes workbook submission deadlines.

LEED Neighborhood Development certification timelines do not take into account any optional prerequisite reviews. If you intend to submit the prerequisites Smart Location and Linkage (SLL) and/or Neighborhood Pattern and Design (NPD), or a Letter of Support for review, please allow sufficient time for two rounds of review to be completed in advance of the LEED ND: Plan or LEED ND: Built certification review submission deadlines. Please note that all dates provided below assume that applications are submitted and payment has cleared by 9 a.m. EST. Dates are all approximate, and are not guaranteed. Please use them as a guide only.

Table 1. LEED Review Timelines to Achieve Certification

Application Type and Review Phase

Application Submitted, Payment Cleared

Target Return Date

Certification before Greenbuild (November 20)

Standard Preliminary Review

August 6

September 11

Standard Final Review

October 9

November 13

Construction Preliminary Review

August 6

September 11 

Construction Final Review

October 9

November 13

ND Certified Plan/Built Project Preliminary Review

August 6

September 11

ND Certified Plan/Built Project Final Review

October 9

November 13

Certification before the end of 2019*

Standard Preliminary Review

September 11

October 16

Standard Final Review

November 13

December 20

Construction Preliminary Review

September 11

October 16

Construction Final Review

November 13

December 20

ND Certified Plan/Built Project Preliminary Review

September 11

October 16

ND Certified Plan/Built Project Final Review 

November 13

December 20

Expedited reviews typically take 10-12 business days. If you're seeking an Expedited Review, please see the table below and note the surcharge for the LEED certification fees. The expedite surcharge is in addition to the regular certification fee, and payment for expedited review fees and certification fees must clear before review may commence. The availability of expedited review timelines is based on GBCI capacity. If you are requesting an expedited review, contact GBCI as soon as possible, and at minimum 10 business days prior to submitting your application. Expedited review timelines assume five business days after the preliminary review is returned for project teams to prepare clarifications and submit for final review.

Table 2. Expedited LEED Review Timelines to Achieve Certification

Application Type and Review Phase

Application Submitted, Payment Cleared

Target Return Date

Certification before Greenbuild (November 20)

Expedited Standard Preliminary Review

October 2

October 18

Expedited Standard Final Review

October 28

November 13

Expedited Construction Preliminary Review

October 2

October 18

Expedited Construction Final Review

October 28

November 13

Expedited ND Certified Plan/Built Project Preliminary Review

October 2

October 18

Expedited ND Certified Plan/Built Project Final Review

October 28

November 13

Certification before the end of 2019*

Expedited Standard Preliminary Review

November 6

November 22

Expedited Standard or Final Review

December 4

December 20

Expedited Construction Preliminary Review

November 6

November 22

Expedited Construction Final Review

December 4

December 20  

Expedited ND Certified Plan/Built Project Preliminary Review

November 6

November 22

Expedited ND Certified Plan/Built Project Final Review

December 4

December 20

* These timelines include a two-business day buffer for the Thanksgiving holiday (USGBC is closed November 28 and 29). Additionally, USGBC is closed from December 25, 2019 through January 1, 2020.