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Green Roofs

The Green Roof Tax Abatement program has expired. It is anticipated that New York State will reinstate this program shortly (although there cannot be a guarantee that this will occur). For any questions, including sign-offs for completed projects, please email GreenRoofandSolar@buildings.nyc.gov.

Green roofs have vegetation that absorbs rainwater, provides insulation and combats the heat island effect, where urban environments can have higher temperatures than surrounding areas.

Because a green roof will add substantial weight to a building’s structure, you must hire a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect to perform a structural analysis to determine if the existing roof and its support system can hold the added load without a modification.

Green Roof Property Tax Abatement
New York City offers property tax abatements to property owners that install solar green roofs on their buildings.
Guide to Green Roof Installations and Tax Abatements (PDF)
Green Roof Tax Abatement Application (PT3 Form)

Important Links:
Frequently Asked Questions
NYS Green Roof Abatement Law (PDF)
NYC Green Roof Rule (PDF)
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