Local Law 87

According to Local Law 87, owners of buildings over 50,000 sq ft must submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) every 10 years. The report should contain Energy Audit outcomes and Retro-Commissioning measures to validate the operations of the energy-consumption systems inside a building.


Consequences of Non-Compliance
Building owners who fail to meet New York LL87 regulations undergo the following consequences:

  • Fines: Building owners who fail to submit EERs on time are fined $3000 in the first year and $5000 in all consecutive years. The Department of Buildings looks after the enforcement of the NYC LL87 and considers non-compliance a class 2 violation. The authoritative body also evaluates all documents submitted under LL87.
  • Building Energy Efficiency Grades: is determined by a buildings Energy Efficiency score, which is assigned through the Benchmarking process. Buildings with a lower EEG have a negative reputation and lower marketability.
  • Violation Notices: The NYC Department of Buildings issue violation notices to non-compliant building owners. These properties attract more fines and penalties.
  • Legal Action: In some cases, New York City might take legal action against non-compliance with LL87. It can lead to increased fines, penalties, and legal fees.
  • Loss of Financial incentives: Non-compliant property owners often become ineligible for financial incentives like rebates and tax credits for energy-efficiency upgrades.