How To Comply

Compliance Overview 

Below is an overview of the full compliance process with links to the relevant sections of the Benchmarking Guide (download here), and instructions for ongoing reporting:

  • Register your building with LADBS and submit the disclosure compliance fee by completing the steps in Section 1. If you have already registered your building, log in to your LADBS account and submit the annual disclosure compliance fee following the instructions here.
  • Create a Portfolio Manager Account by completing Section 2. If you already have an account, you can skip to Section 3.
  • Create your Portfolio Manager Property Profile by completing Section 3. If you have already created your property, review and update your property details as needed. 
  • Upload or request whole-building electricity, water and natural gas data for the prior calendar year to complete your benchmarking report in Portfolio Manager.
    • If your building has tenants that are not directly billed by the utilities (i.e. the building is master metered) or if you do not have tenants, upload the prior calendar year’s whole-building data to your Property Profile by completing Section 3B.
    • Do not request data from the utilities if you have access to this information. Instead, simply upload the data to your Property Profile by following the steps in Section 3B; or 
    • If tenants are billed directly by the utilities, request LADWP and/or SoCalGas to upload the prior calendar year’s aggregated data by completing Sections 4 and/or Section 5.
    • Only request aggregated data from the utilities if tenants are billed directly for electricity, water, or natural gas. Follow the steps outlined in Sections 4 and/or 5 to request LADWP and/or SoCalGas to upload the aggregated data to Portfolio Manager.
    • LADWP does not provide automated updates, so you will need to submit a new data request each year following the instructions here.
    • SoCalGas provides automated updates, so if you have requested data for past reporting years, you do not need to submit another request. Check your gas meter in Portfolio Manager to ensure your data is current.
  • Submit your Benchmarking Report to LADBS by completing Section 6.

Please complete the steps above and submit your report on or before June 1, 2018. If you need to request data from LADWP and/or SoCalGas, it is strongly recommended that you complete the data request process no later than March 1st to allow sufficient time for data upload and review.

Starting in 2020, the Ordinance also requires covered buildings to achieve certain efficiency targets or perform audits and retro-commissioning on a 5-year cycle determined by the property’s AIN - learn more here.


Contact the LA Department of Building and Safety with questions related to your Building ID, notification letters, deadlines, registration (including revising contact information), payment of fees/fines, and non‐compliance notices.

Contact LA Energy and Water Efficiency Resource Center for questions on benchmarking.

Contact LADWP with questions regarding status of electricity and water data requests, or issues with electricity or water data provided.

Contact SoCalGas with questions regarding status of gas data requests, or issues with gas data provided.