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Violations for Benchmarking Non-compliance - Did you receive a BENCH violation?

Updated: Apr 27, 2022

COVID-19 Response: Please review the Benchmarking Guidance for May 1, 2020 Deadline and Issuance and Payment of Department of Buildings Violations for Non-Compliance.

The annual benchmarking data is required to be submitted to the City by May 1st of every year. Once a satisfactory report is submitted by the May 1st 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.

The Department may issue a Notice of Violation to any property on the Covered Buildings List that has not provided a fully compliant benchmarking report by the May 1 deadline. Failure to submit the report by May 1 will result in a penalty of $500.00. Continued failure to report usage by the next quarterly deadline may result in additional violations penalties of $500 per violation, up to $2000 per year.

The Department may also issue a Notice of Violation to any property on the Covered Buildings List that failed to comply with the Local Law 33 of 2018. Failure to timely display the Building Energy Efficiency Rating label will result in a fine of $1,250.

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