Local Option - Real Property Tax Exemption for Green Buildings (New York)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Local Option - Real Property Tax Exemption for Green Buildings|
|Incentive Type||Property Tax Incentive|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Residential, Multi-Family Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|Amount||Upon local adoption, 20% - 100% of real property taxes owed; varies by year and certification level|
|Equipment Requirements||Projects must meet the LEED, Green Globes, American National Standards Institute, or substantially equivalent green building certification standards; construction value must exceed 10,000|
|Start Date||01/01/2013 (earliest date for commencement of construction)|
|Program Administrator||Administered locally|
|References||DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency|
In July 2012 New York enacted legislation allowing municipal corporations to exempt green buildings from real property taxes. It is important to note that this law allows but does not require local governments to extend favorable property tax treatment to green buildings. In order for the exemption to apply, a municipal corporation must first adopt an ordinance this effect.
In order to qualify for an exemption, the new construction or improvement (does not include routine maintenance or repairs) must commence on or after January 1, 2013; be valued in excess of $10,000; and projects must meet the LEED, Green Globes, American National Standards Institute, or substantially equivalent green building certification standards. Although the law references allowable green building rating systems/certifications other than LEED, the incentive amounts are described in relation to LEED certification levels. The amount of the exemption permitted varies by year and by the certification level achieved. Although not specifically identified in the law, it appears that the "year" refers to the property tax year in which the exemption is first claimed and subsequent years thereafter. The allowable exemption levels, stated in terms of the percentage of total taxes owed, are as follows:
|Contact Name||Public Information Officer|
|Department||Office of Real Property Tax Services|
|Address||WA Harriman State Campus|
|Place||Albany, New York|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||NYCL RPT § 470|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.