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Deadlines and Violations

Benchmarking Compliance Deadline

The NYC Benchmarking Law requires owners of buildings with more than 50,000 square feet to submit annual benchmarking data by May 1st of every year. Once you have submitted a satisfactory report by the deadline, there is no additional responsibility until the following year. If you do not submit a report by May 1, you may aim for the next quarterly deadline of August 1. Subsequent deadlines are November 1 and February 1 of the following year.

For additional information on enforcement measures, please visit the Department of Buildings' benchmarking page.

Violations for Failed Compliance

The Department of Buildings (DOB) is authorized to issue violations for any property on the Covered Buildings list that has not provided a benchmarking report by the May 1 deadline. Failure to benchmark will result in a violation and a penalty of $500. Continued failure to benchmark by subsequent deadlines of August 1, November 1, and February 1 will result in additional violations on a quarterly basis and a penalty of $500 per quarter with a maximum of $2,000 per year.

Deadline Penalty
May 1 $500
August 1 $500
November 1 $500
February 1 (of the following year) $500

Resolve or Challenge a Violation

To learn how to resolve or challenge a violation, please visit the DOB's benchmarking page.

Contact Information

To reach DOB for questions related to enforcement and violations, please email sustainability@buildings.nyc.gov with your building's identification information (including BBL, BIN, address, and/or violation number) and a short description of your question.

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