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SmartRegs requires all licensed rental housing, about half of Boulder's housing stock, to meet a basic energy efficiency standard by Dec. 31, 2018.

The SmartRegs ordinances update the City of Boulder Housing Code, Rental Licensing Code, and provide new baseline energy efficiency requirements for existing rental housing in Boulder. Improving energy efficiency in existing rental housing enhances tenant comfort and supports the community's energy goals and climate commitment.

Who is affected?

All licensed rental housing in Boulder must pass a SmartRegs inspection before Dec. 31, 2018. If your property is not currently licensed, please visit Rental Housing Licensing

What are the steps to comply?

Property owners can comply with the energy efficiency requirements by following one of two pathways to compliance. Get started at Steps to Compliance

What happens if I don't comply by Dec. 31, 2018?

The rental license for all licensed rental properties that do not pass a SmartRegs inspection before the end of 2018 will expire on Dec. 31, 2018. Additionally, until the property reaches SmartRegs compliance, you will not be able to receive or renew a rental license at the start of 2019 and beyond. The discovery of an unlicensed rental property will result in legal action.

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SmartRegs History

SmartRegs History

This multidepartmental effort started in summer 2009 with the goal of enhancing tenant comfort in Boulder's licensed rental properties. From its inception, the project included both community and technical-based working groups to represent key stakeholders as well as help formulate proposals. The SmartRegs, or Smart Regulation, project went through various layers of public outreach and integration including public meetings, online surveys, social media channels and an official public processes. SmartRegs was adopted by Boulder City Council on Sept. 21, 2010.

The Community Planning and Sustainability and Public Works departments examined code changes needed to update the technical provisions of the Housing Code and Rental Housing Inspection and Licensing Program. Potential code requirements that would further community sustainability objectives, especially energy efficiency. Adjustments to the rental licensing provisions of the code may be warranted to further streamline and clarify its administration, including evaluating the program’s cost recovery and fees.

At a Nov. 18, 2008 City Council Study Session on the Climate Action Plan (CAP), council identified strategies needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet Boulder's climate objectives. One of the primary strategies for reaching this goal is reducing energy use in buildings. From 2007 through the first quarter of 2009, several energy efficiency measures were implemented that exceeded 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) minimum standards for residential and commercial buildings in new construction, remodels and additions (learn more about the Green Building Program).

Addressing energy efficiency in existing rental housing and existing commercial buildings continues to be an area of focus for the city. The Boulder Building Performance Ordinance, adopted Oct. 20, 2015, is currently advancing rating and reporting and energy efficiency requirements for commerical, industrial and city-owned buildings in Boulder.

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