New York State Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook

The Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook contains information, tools, and step-by-step instructions to support local governments managing battery energy storage system development in their communities. The Guidebook provides local officials in-depth details about the permitting and inspection process to ensure efficiency, transparency, and safety in their communities.

You can download the full Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook [PDF] or access individual chapters below.

View the Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook Overview webinar Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. hosted on April 10, 2019.

View the Updated Uniform Code & Battery Energy Storage Guidebook webinar Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. hosted on July 31, 2019.

Effective May 12, 2020, the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (the “Uniform Code”) has been updated to the latest code cycle. Copies of the new NYS Code Books Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. are available for access or download. NYSERDA is currently updating the NYS Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook to incorporate these code changes and anticipates issuing an updated guidebook in the coming weeks.


Battery Energy Storage System Model Law

The Model Law is intended to help local government officials and AHJs adopt legislations and regulations to responsibly accommodate battery energy storage systems in their communities. The Model Law lays out procedural frameworks and substantive requirements for residential, commercial, and utility-scale battery energy storage systems.

Tools

Battery Energy Storage System Model Permit

The Model Permit is intended to help local government officials and AHJs establish the minimum submittal requirements for electrical and structural plan review that are necessary when permitting residential and small commercial battery energy storage systems.

Tools

Battery Energy Storage System Electrical Checklist

The Inspection Checklist is intended to be utilized as a guideline for field inspections of residential and small commercial battery energy storage systems. It can be used directly by local code enforcement officers or provided to a third-party inspection agency, where applicable.

Tools

2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building

The New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) prescribes mandatory statewide minimum standards for building construction and fire prevention. In 2020, the Uniform Code was amended to include the latest safety considerations for energy storage systems.