LA EBEWE (Ordinance No. 184674)

Ordinance Overview


  1. Energy Benchmark
    • Deadline: June 1st (annually)
  2. Energy Audit, Water Audit, & RCx Study
    • Deadline: December 1st (due once every 5 years)

Properties Required to Comply:

  • Building Size: 20,000 sq.ft. or greater
  • Building Types: ALL building types
No. 184674
Ordinance No. 184674

Energy Benchmarking Requirement (due Annually)

The City of Los Angeles per the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance (EBEWE) ordinance requires an annual Energy Benchmark report for buildings > 20,000 sq. ft. to be submitted by June 1st

The utility data that is required is for 12 months of the previous year’s usage.

  • Example: In 2023, John submitted Energy Benchmark utility data from the previous year (January 2022-December 2022). 

All data is entered into ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager and then submitted to LADBS. Utility information that is required includes Electrical, Gas, & Water. Any building with a high Energy Benchmark score (if applicable) may be able to apply for a Certification that can lead to an exemption on the Energy Audit required once every 5 years.

Audits/RCx Requirement (due once every 5 yrs)

Los Angeles Energy Audit Deadlines

The City requires building owners to comply with both the annual Energy Benchmark requirement and an on-site inspection* once every 5 years. The deadlines for each building will vary based on the last digit of the LADBS # (use chart above to find your deadline) and will be required to comply every 5 years from your original deadline. 

Compliance Options:

  • Exemptions
    • Building > 5 years old (based on COI)
    • ENERGY STAR Certification
    • Simple Building Exemptions
    • Performance Pathway
    • Use Intensity Decrease (EUI/WUI)
  • Standard Compliance 
    • Energy Audit, Water Audit, & Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Study


*On-site inspections may be required to confirm the information provided.

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