Local Law 31

The City of New York launched the Capital Green Building Program to enforce the capital Green Building legislation and guarantee that the majority of capital projects that are either sponsored or controlled by the City are built with greater energy efficiency.
The New York City Council passed Local Laws 31 and 32 in 2016. One of the first green construction regulations in the country, Local Law 86 of 2005, was modified by this legislation. These rules mandate that capital projects supported by the city adhere to strict green building design guidelines and drastically cut their energy use.


With L ocal Law 31, capital projects controlled by the city must use less energy than comparable types of existing buildings.


According to the current lead-inspection regulations, the bill adds the following requirements:

  • Within five years of the law's implementation date, August 9, 2020, or within a year of a kid under the age of six entering into the unit or presently residing there, all dwelling units are required to undergo XRF examinations.
  • An independent EPA-certified inspector is required to do these inspections. Inspections have to adhere to a set process.
  • It is mandatory for all home-improvement contractors (HICs) to provide proof that they hold an EPA certification and are ready to adhere to lead-based safety regulations.
  • As of August 9, 2020, all applicants for HIC licenses and renewals must submit a copy of their EPA RRP (Renovation, Repair, and Painting) Program Certificate or a signed statement on a form provided by DCA stating that the applicant will not be performing any home improvement work that requires an EPA certification.

What you should take away from this

In New York City, building owners have until August 9, 2025, to arrange for lead testing of their units. However, the building owner is required to have an XRF examination completed within a year if a kid under the age of six moves into or stays in the unit.