2018 Benchmarking Overview

Many local state and municipal governments across the U.S. have passed benchmarking ordinances, requiring buildings to track and submit energy or water usage to their city, county, or state. In order to mitigate your risk of being penalized for failing to comply, make sure you study the information below* to get an understanding of the requirements. Also, don't forget to check out our 2018 benchmarking ordinances overview: Access overview

Identify your property by location, type, and square footage to find when your data is due. **

Atlanta, GA

energy
water

Due date:

06/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 25,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 25,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Written notice of first violation; Fine of $1,000 if 30 days late, an additional $1,000 every year thereafter

Austin, TX

energy
water

Due date:

06/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 10,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Proof of culpable mental state is not required for a fine of up to $500. If a person acts with criminal negligence, a fine of up to $2,000 may be assessed.

Boston, MA

energy
water

Due date:

05/15/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 35,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 35,000+ sqft. OR 35+ dwellings

Penalties for non-compliance:

$75 to $200 per day for owners. Maximum annual fine is $3,000. Non-residential tenants may be fined up to $35 at a time for failing to supply building owners with their energy data. Residential tenants will not be fined.

Boulder, CO UPDATED IN 2018

energy

Due date:

06/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 30,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Failure to comply with the ordinance can result in fines of $0.0025 per square foot up to $1,000 per day of non-compliance.

Additional notes:

Large industrial campuses have their own custom requirements.

California, Statewide NEW IN 2018

energy

Due date:

06/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

The California Energy Commission is authorized to impose a civil fine, as provided, for a violation of data submission requirements.

Cambridge, MA

energy
water

Due date:

05/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 25,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 50+ dwellings

Penalties for non-compliance:

First violation results in a warning. Subsequent violations result in a fine of $300 per day.

Chicago, IL

energy

Due date:

06/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Owner subject up to $100 fine for 1st violation and additional fines up to $25/day

Denver, CO UPDATED IN 2018

energy

Due date:

06/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 25,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 25,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

DDPHE will offer in-person trainings on how to benchmark as well as help center support to provide one-on-one responses to questions and follow-up with any owners who have not complied on-time or who had obvious data errors. Any buildings in non-compliance after the June 1 deadline will be notified about a 90-day grace period and assistance in complying will be offered. Buildings still in non-compliance at the end of the 90-day grace period will be assessed a penalty of $2,000.

Evanston, IL UPDATED IN 2018

energy
water

Due date:

06/30/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Any person who violates any provision of this Chapter will be fined one hundred dollars ($100) for each such offense. Every month a violation continues will be deemed a separate offense.

Kansas City, MO UPDATED IN 2018

energy
water

Due date:

05/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Written warning for first failure to comply; fine of up to $500 if compliance not met within 60 days of warning; additional to other remedies, city may file suit

Los Angeles, CA UPDATED IN 2018

energy
water

Due date:

06/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 50,000+ sqft.
  • Industrial properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Failure to comply with this division shall subject the owner to noncompliance fees as specified in Section 98.0411 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, except that the amount of the noncompliance fee shall be $202.

Minneapolis, MN

energy
water

Due date:

06/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Warning notice mailed to the building owner, indicating 45 days to comply else face a penalty. Failure to comply with penalties may result in a suspension of commercial building registration.

Montgomery County, MD

energy

Due date:

06/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

To be addressed through Method 2 regulations. Any violation is considered a Class A violation.

New York, NY UPDATED IN 2018

energy
water

Due date:

05/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 25,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 25,000+ sqft.
  • Industrial properties: 25,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

$500 fine for missing May 1st benchmarking deadline, additional $500 fines for each subsequent quarter failing to benchmark (maximum: $2,000)

Ontario, Canada NEW IN 2018

energy
water

Due date:

07/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 250,000+ sqft.
  • Industrial properties: 250,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Failure to comply with the benchmarking requirements will result in public transparency status being listed as "non-compliant".

Orlando, FL NEW IN 2018

energy
water

Due date:

05/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Violations of this section are punishable as provided in Article I, Chapter 5, of the Orlando City Code. However, no owner of a covered property found to be in violation of this Part shall be fined more than $2,000 per year.

Philadelphia, PA

energy
water

Due date:

06/30/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

$300 fine for the 1st 30 days, and then $100/day

Pittsburgh, PA NEW IN 2018

energy
water

Due date:

06/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Failure to comply with the benchmarking requirements will result in publicly being listed as non-compliant on the online platform, described as "eligible and non-participating".

Portland, OR

energy

Due date:

04/22/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 20,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

$500 for every 90 day period during which violations continue.

San Francisco, CA

energy

Due date:

04/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 10,000+ sqft.
  • Industrial properties: 10,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Warning, then public notice, then fine

Seattle, WA

energy

Due date:

04/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 20,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 20,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Penalties accrue quarterly, starting 90 days after reporting deadlines. Buildings 50,000 SF or greater: $1,000/quarter. Buildings greater than or equal to 20,000 SF and less than 50,000 SF: $500/quarter

St. Louis, MO NEW IN 2018

energy
water

Due date:

04/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

If benchmarking information is not reported within 60 days after a written warning is issued, the owner is subject to a fine of at least $50 and not more than $200. Each day of the violation is a separate offense. Cumulative fine cannot exceed $1,000.

Washington, DC

energy
water

Due date:

04/01/2018

Property types required:

  • Commercial properties: 50,000+ sqft.
  • Multi-Family properties: 50,000+ sqft.
  • Industrial properties: 50,000+ sqft.

Penalties for non-compliance:

Up to $100 per day.

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* The above data was last updated on 01/05/2018 and will be periodically updated by Goby.

** This page provides a brief overview of 2018 benchmarking ordinances; if you are still unclear about the requirements or unsure if your building(s) are required to comply, make sure to contact Goby for clarification today.

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