Green Roof Rule Amendment
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose
Originating from input from applicants and other parties affected by the existing laws and rules relating to property tax abatements for the installation of green roofs, with the assistance of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), New York State has amended Title 4-B of Article 4 of the NYS Real Property Tax Law.
Such proposed amendment to the rule will expand the definition of “vegetation layer” to include “native plant species, and/or agricultural plant species”. This amendment would allow rooftop farms to qualify for the abatement, as they provide similar stormwater management benefits as other green roofs, while bringing the added benefit of providing local produce to New York City residents.