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Covered Buildings


Covered Buildings list is constructed from the State's Tax Assessment Database, MOD-IV.  A building classified as "commercial" (Class 4A) or "apartment" (Class 4C) that is over 25,000 square feet is covered.  State buildings are also covered.  Please note that condos and co-ops are not covered.
 
By July 1, 2023, you will be able to use our query tool to see whether your building is a Covered Building.

Exemptions

Building owners or operators may apply for and may be eligible for an exemption from the benchmarking requirement under the following conditions:

  • New Buildings – New buildings must be operational for a full calendar year before a building owner is required to benchmark that Covered Building.  The New Jersey tax assessment database, MOD-IV, will be used to qualify new buildings as operational for purposes of benchmarking. A commercial building will not be added to the Covered Buildings list until the second year after the year-built, as listed in the MOD-IV database.
  • Demolitions – Recently- or soon-to-be-demolished buildings may be removed from the Covered Buildings list, provided that the building owner submits a certificate of approval for demolition.
  • Unoccupied – If a building is unoccupied for a full year (365 days), the building owner may receive an exemption, provided that the building owner submits an affidavit or certification of non-occupancy. 
  • Foreclosure or Bankruptcy – If an action for foreclosure or bankruptcy has been filed during a particular reporting year, the building owner may apply to receive an exemption for the given reporting year.
  • Other Conditions – Certain other situations for good cause may be removed from the Covered Buildings list (e.g., the building’s size falls below the threshold, there is an error in the Covered Buildings list, or an unregulated utility does not apply the 4/50 rule and provide aggregated building-level data and refuses to provide individual data even with tenant consent), and after providing appropriate evidence justifying such removal.

For building additions and property sales occurring during the annual benchmarking period (calendar year), building owners must still benchmark and submit data by the submission deadline for the given program year.

To apply for an exemption, you will soon be able to download a form and submit it to the BPU.

 


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