Colorado Submetering Laws

Colorado allows landlords and property managers to install submetering systems and bill residents for individualized utility usage.

Residential water, electric and gas submetering, as well as RUBS billing, are all legal in Colorado. Sewer and trash billing can also be done individually. Lease agreements should be explicit about payments and obligations.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission does not specifically regulate utility billing. There are several things to keep in mind, however:

  • Utilities cannot be provided to multifamily or mobile home residents at a profit.
  • Some municipalities have specific regulations around water billing. Colorado Springs, for example, does not allow monthly administrative charges for water bills.

If you have questions about submetering or RUBS in Colorado, contact us for information about your specific situation.

Starting Submetering in Colorado

It’s easy to implement submetering at multifamily buildings and other property types in Colorado. It’s typically best to contact a utility billing and consulting firm like Synergy to ensure 100% compliance and effectiveness.

Submeters, with individual meters for each unit, can be used in existing buildings or new construction in Colorado. RUBS billing, which divides utility costs according to an industry-accepted formula, is also possible.

Steps to Implement Submetering in Colorado

Implementing submetering and outsourcing multifamily utility billing is a surprisingly quick process.

Utility submetering and outsourced utility billing in Colorado can be implemented in as little as a few weeks, at no net cost to the property owner or manager.