Living Community Challenge Certification

Living Community Challenge Certification

Required: Living Community Master Plan

We understand that it can take years and sometimes decades to develop master plans, then years more for those plans to evolve into completed projects ready for occupancy. With this in mind, our staff will review master plans as the first stage of Living Community Certification. We’re here to help guide developers and planners during a project’s critical conceptual phases, public review or planning efforts, acknowledging and certifying world-class planning efforts at this critical early juncture.

Living Community Master Plan Compliance requires a plan review with supporting documentation and no on-site audit or third-party auditor. Compliance is valid for up to three years, after which the community’s or project’s plans must be resubmitted if construction has not yet begun.

Optional: Living Community Vision Plan

Acknowledging the complexity of existing communities and the time frame of new development, this optional phase supports the coalescence of a community around a common vision. Prior to start of construction, a Living Community Master Plan must be prepared.

Project teams will apply for Emerging Living Community status to outline the final path to becoming a fully Certified Living Community. This process will vary greatly, depending on the size, type, and details of the community in question.

The approved Living Community Master Plan will provide a general outline and timeline for the process of becoming a Certified Living Community during this period, and the community must follow the outline and timeline to maintain its status of Emerging Living Community.

Once a planned Living Community has completed construction and has a minimum of twelve months of continuous operation, it may apply for Petal or Living Community Certification.

After twelve months of proven performance with 85% of the development occupied as intended, we will organize a third-party audit to ensure your project meets all of the necessary requirements.

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Compliance Review and Certification Fees

Registration Fee: $1,200 (All fees listed in US Dollars)

Full Living Certification

Less Than 10 Acres 10-25 Acres 25-100 Acres
Living Community Masterplan Compliance $10,000 $15,000 $20,000
OPTIONAL Vision Plan + Masterplan Review:
Vision Plan Compliance $4,000 $6,000 $9,000
Masterplan Compliance $7,000 $10,000 $12,000
Emerging Living Community Review (every 5 years following Masterplan) $1,500 $2,500 $3,000
Living Community Certification $25,000 $30,000 $35,000

Petal Certification

Less Than 10 Acres 10-25 Acres 25-100 Acres
Living Community Masterplan Compliance $7,500 $10,000 $15,000
OPTIONAL Vision Plan + Masterplan Review:
Living Community Vision Plan Compliance $2,500 $4,000 $6,000
Living Community Masterplan Compliance $5,500 $7,000 $10,000
Emerging Living Community Review (every 5 years following Masterplan) $1,000 $2,000 $2,500
Living Community Certification $15,000 $20,000 $25,000

Supplemental fee for communities with significant existing buildings and/or infrastructure: $5,000
For communities > 100 acres, please contact ILFI for fees.

Additional Support

Please note that ILFI encourages and is available for custom consulting to help make yours a Living Community. Options include charrettes, conceptual and technical assistance, in-depth studies, and specialized research. Contact lcc.support@living-future.org for more details.

Let’s work together. Contact lcc.support@living-future.org to discuss the next steps in registering your Living Community.

What’s included with registration?

  • One hour phone call with the Institute’s LCC staff
  • 10 opportunities to request Exceptions or verify your project’s compliance with the intent of Living Community Challenge Imperatives
  • Exclusive invitations to conference meet-ups
  • LBC Dialogue access to view previous LBC posts and rulings