HVAC Permit Compliance & Financing Pilots


More than 90 percent of home heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) replacements are done without a permit, meaning many may not comply with safety or energy efficiency standards. CSE worked with Los Angeles County officials to improve reporting through an HVAC Permit Compliance and Financing Pilot program funded by the California Energy Commission.

For the pilot program, CSE engaged local government and industry stakeholders to develop best practices for streamlining residential HVAC alteration permit processes and improving compliance. CSE also analyzed the current rates of residential HVAC permit and Title 24 compliance throughout Southern California. 


Program at a Glance

Program Goals

Analyze and increase residential HVAC permit compliance and create best practices for local governments

CSE's Role

Program implementer working with 20 Southern California cities


Energy Efficiency

Key Partners

California Energy Commission, Los Angeles County, Southern California Regional Energy Network, Matadors Community Credit Union, DOE SunShot Rooftop Solar Challenge

State Policies Supported

AB 758 Action Plan

Impact Statement

Educate and train contractors, municipal officials and homeowners on HVAC permit compliance