Utah Submetering Laws

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

Residential water, wastewater and gas submetering, as well as RUBS billing, are all allowed in Utah. Electric submetering and RUBS billing, however, is prohibited in many instances.

On Oct. 1, 2019, the Utah Public Service Commission adopted Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) standards for Master Metered Multiple Tenancy Dwellings. As a result, separate metering for electricity in each unit is mandated, except in the case of an exemption. Submetering is typically not considered an acceptable replacement for separate electric metering.

The criteria for exemption is complex, so your best bet is to contact us for information about your specific situation.

Starting Submetering in Utah

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

Steps to Implement Submetering in Utah

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

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