North Dakota Submetering Laws

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

Though information on submetering and utility billing rules in the state is scant, it appears that residential water, wastewater, and gas submetering, as well as RUBS billing, are all allowed in North Dakota.

With electric submetering, North Dakota state law stipulates, “Electric service furnished by a public utility under established rate schedules shall not be resold or submetered by a customer unless the rate schedule under which the customer receives service specifically so provides.”

As with all states, leases and rental agreements should make explicit who is responsible for utility payments.

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

Starting Submetering in North Dakota

It’s easy to implement submetering at multifamily buildings and other property types in North Dakota. 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 North Dakota. RUBS billing, which divides utility costs according to an industry-accepted formula, is also possible, though not for electricity.

Steps to Implement Submetering in North Dakota

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

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