NYC Energy Local Laws

The Climate Mobilization Act is the largest climate solution put forth by any city in the world. It consists of a slate of climate laws designed to dramatically cut carbon in New York City, including the following:

LOCAL LAW 92 / 94

Description: Solar panels / green roofs

Size: To Be Determined

Requirement: Require all new buildings and buildings undergoing major roof renovations to be covered with solar panels, green roofs, or some combination of the two.

Fine: To Be Determined

LOCAL LAW 33 / 95

Description: Building Energy Efficiency Grade

Size: All buildings over 25,000 square feet.

Requirement: Post a grade on the front of the property starting ​11/1/20​ . This grade (from A to F) is based on the energy consumption filed in your annual benchmarking.

Fine: The fine for not posting is $1250.

LOCAL LAW 96

Description: Pace

Size: To Be Determined

Requirement: Establishes long-term, low-interest Property-Assessed Clean Energy financing to fund upgrades to building energy and water efficiency.

Fine: To Be Determined

LOCAL LAW 97

Description: Climate Mobilization Act

Size: All buildings over 25,000 square feet.

Requirement: Keep energy consumption below certain levels by both 2024 and 2030. There are annual fines if the buildings can not hit these requirements. Targets and fines depend on factors such as building use (Multifamily, Office, Industrial, etc) and if the building is free market or rent-stabilized.

Fine: Varies by building use

LOCAL LAW 84 / 133

Description: Benchmarking

Size: All buildings over 25,000 square feet

Requirement: File energy consumption using the EPA portfolio manager annually by 5/1.

Fine: $500 per quarter if not filed ($2000 per year)

LOCAL LAW 87

Description: Audits and Retro-Commissioning

Size: All buildings over 25,000 square feet.

Requirement: ​Energy audit and retro-commissioning report once every 10 years. The audit outlines all
building systems and recommendations to improve efficiency. Retro-commissioning is testing and verification
that all major systems ( boilers, pumps, fans, controls, etc.) are operating efficiently. All information is filed with
the DOB for review.

Fine: $3000 fine for the first year of non-compliance, $5000 each additional year.

LOCAL LAW 152

Description: Gas Pipe Inspections

Size: All buildings except for R-3

Requirement: Routine gas pipe inspection in all buildings except for buildings classified as R-3.

Fine: To Be Determined

LOCAL LAW 62 / 91

Description: Boiler Violation

Size: All buildings over 25,000 square feet.

Requirement: When a boiler in a multi-dwelling, SRO, commercial, or mixed-use building is removed and not replaced by another boiler, or if it is determined not to require filing annual inspection reports due to a major change such as a building renovation or demolition, submit a Boiler Removal Notification (OP49) in DOB NOW: Build within 30 days. 

Fine: $50 per month