The installation of natural gas stoves and appliances in new apartment complexes is prohibited for the first time in New York. The measure is part of the recently adopted $229 billion state budget by Governor Kathy Hochul and lawmakers.
It aligns the state with New York City, which has already decided to outlaw fossil fuel-powered appliances in all new residential structures under seven stories beginning in 2024. The city’s attempts to significantly cut carbon emissions under Local Law 97 are compatible with the decision to set a compliance deadline for taller structures in NYC in 2027.
Are Gas Stoves Permitted in New York?
The state prohibition, like the city one, won’t compel you to replace your existing gas appliances, but it does have an impact on new construction.
The use of gas-powered stoves, furnaces, and propane heating will no longer be permitted in new residential structures; large commercial buildings and restaurants are exempt. Instead, all-electric heating and cooking appliances will be required. In brand-new structures under seven floors, the prohibition will start to apply in 2026. By 2029, any structures with seven stories or more must be compliant.
This means that if you recently purchased an apartment in a brand-new building in New York, you might be among the last to have a gas stove in your kitchen. You might still think about changing your gas appliances because owners of residential buildings are required to abide by local regulations on carbon emissions and gas line inspections.
Should I Switch to an Electric Stove From a Gas One?
Although chefs have traditionally preferred gas stoves, there is mounting evidence that these appliances are a major source of indoor pollution, emitting dangerous quantities of fine particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide.
The penalties imposed on buildings that don’t comply with the city’s efforts to reduce emissions under Local Law 97 are another incentive for you, or your building, to transition from gas to electric. In 2025, fines will be applied.
As a condo or co-op shareholder, switching to electric is doable, but a renovation of the entire building may make it simpler to get rid of the gas appliances. For boards without sizable reserve money, loans, equipment leases, and service agreements are available as funding options. Additionally, incentives are offered by utility companies.
If your building hasn’t already taken action to address emissions, NYC Accelerator, a city-sponsored initiative, can provide you with free one-on-one compliance counseling.