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4 Steps to Help You Avoid Local Law 97 Fines & Penalties

4 Steps to Help You Avoid Local Law 97 Fines & Penalties

Many Building Owners Are Asking: How Can I Avoid Local Law 97 Fines?

In 2019, New York City became a leader for cities in the fight against climate change with its Climate Mobilization Act (CMA). The teeth of the plan lies within Local Law 97 (LL97), a building decarbonization pathway that we recapped previously. It has caused a lot of concern among building owners throughout the city.

Which Buildings are Impacted by Local Law 97?

LL97 requires certain buildings to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions overtime. If you’re a building owner in the five boroughs, there’s a good chance it’s you. Approximately 50,000 residential and commercial buildings across the city—60% of total building stock—must comply with LL97’s requirements, which cover: 

  • Buildings that exceed 25,000 square feet
  • Two or more buildings on the same tax lot that together exceed 50,000 square feet 
  • Two or more buildings owned by a condo association that are governed by the same board of managers and that together exceed 50,000 feet

Buildings can create emissions in a number of ways and thus there are numerous solutions available to property owners and managers — which can frankly be overwhelming. 

This is where BlocPower comes in.

BlocPower can greatly reduce your building’s carbon footprint and save you money at the same time. Answer a few questions to see if your building is eligible. 

In the meantime, read on to understand the ways in which you can prepare for LL97. 

4 Steps to Prepare for Local Law 97

  1. Review our recap to see if your building or buildings must comply with LL97. 
  1. Familiarize yourself with the technology and innovations that will allow you reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, such as:
  • Energy Service Agreements - Financing Tools for Green Retrofits - We often hear from buildings that they’re concerned about how they will finance large capital projects. Enter: the Energy Service Agreement (ESA). This lease option is flexible, delivers long-term savings and — most importantly — never requires a lien on your building.
  • Heat Pumps - The All-Electric Technological Hero - Heat pumps can comfortably heat or cool any space with ease. By replacing heating oil or natural gas boilers and furnaces with heat pumps, your building can go a very long way in getting compliant under LL97.  And besides regulatory compliance, there are many practical reasons to switch to all-electric, energy efficiency technology in your building.
The indoor and outdoor units of an ENERGY STAR mini split heat pump system, pictured here, can help building owners reduce emissions and save on energy bills.


  1. Cash in incentives! At the City, State and Federal level, there are incentives, offers, benefits and rebate programs that encourage buildings to decarbonize. Start to explore some of these opportunities, which can quickly become overwhelming. Which leads us to our last preparatory step:
  1. Consider the time, effort and money required to become compliant in a timely manner, and look for a partner that will make it as simple and affordable for you as possible. 

In addition to the expense of equipment, the hoops to jump through to qualify for incentives, the permits necessary for some work and the numerous contractors and subcontractors you’re likely to have to engage with before the the project is complete — it is the most money- and time-effective solution to partner with BlocPower.

New York building owners can click here to get an instant, custom report and recommendation set to help their building prepare for Local Law 97.