Green Roof Rule Amendment

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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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.

Therefore, in conjunction with DEP, the Department of Buildings is proposing to amend this rule in order to coincide with relevant amendments made to the revised state 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.



Public Hearing


Public Hearing Date: 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 10:00am

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Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10007