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Local Law 88

Lighting Upgrades & Sub-metering

Local Law 88 requires large non-residential buildings to upgrade lighting to meet current New York City
Energy Conservation Code standards, and to install electrical sub-meters for each large non-residential
tenant space and provide monthly energy statements.

Property owners are required to improve their lighting systems and install tenant submeters under Local Law 88. By 2025, all common areas in residential buildings over 25,000 square feet, as well as all areas in non-residential buildings above 25,000 square feet, must be upgraded to meet current New York City Energy Conservation Code criteria.

All non-residential buildings larger than 25,000 square feet must additionally install electrical sub-meters for each significant non-residential tenant area greater than 5,000 square feet and give monthly energy statements, according to the original law and subsequent expansions. Both the lighting and submetering standards have a 2025 compliance date.

Who is responsible for complying with Local Law 88?

The legislation is ultimately the responsibility of property owners and co-op and condo groups. Many of these parties, on the other hand, will assign reporting to their property manager or a consultant. Some existing contracts may include this as an add-on service.


On or before January 1, 2025, the owner of each covered building must file a report with the Department of Buildings (DOB) prepared by a registered design professional or a licensed master or special electrician certifying that sub-meters have been installed in all covered tenant spaces as required by this article.

How USL Technology Can Help:

  • Gather Information
    Determine whether your property is subject to the lighting and sub-metering law or if your property is partially exempt from all or part of the lighting and sub-metering law.
  • Lighting
    Develop an upgrade plan, work light upgrades into your standard leases, and help finding a lighting consultant.
  • Metering
    Assess what meters the building currently has, develop meter installation plan, and more.
  • Submit Report
    Submit your compliance report to DOB by January 1, 2025.

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