Assessor Manuals, Exemption Administration
Exemption Administration Manual—Part 2: Industrial, Commercial, and Public Service
Section 4.06, RPTL Section 485-d: Waterworks Corporations (New York City)
Year originally enacted:
Pub Serv L Article 4-B
If allowed by local option, real property which (1) is located in New York City, (2) is owned by a waterworks corporation subject to the provisions of the Public Service Law, and (3) is used exclusively for the sale, supply, and distribution of water for domestic, commercial, and public purposes is wholly or partially exempt from taxation. However, such property is liable for special assessments.
Property must be owned by a waterworks corporation subject to the provisions of the Public Service Law (Article 4-B).
Property location requirements:
Property must be located in New York City.
Property use requirements:
Property must be used exclusively for the sale, supply, and distribution of water for domestic, commercial, and public purposes.
Certification by state or local government:
Required construction start date or other time requirement:
Yes—The City of New York may choose (1) whether or not to allow the exemption and (2) whether to allow fully or partially the exemption authorized by state law. This option to exempt must be exercised through adoption of a local law.
Limitation on exemption
|Type of limitation||General municipal taxes||School district taxes||Special ad valorem levies||Special assessments|
|Amount||Local option may limit||Local option may limit||Not applicable||No exemption allowed|
|Duration||No limit||No limit||Not applicable||No exemption allowed|
|Taxing jurisdiction: city||Exempt*||Not applicable||Not applicable||Taxable|
|Taxing jurisdiction: school district||Not applicable||Exempt*||Not applicable||Not applicable|
*If allowed by local option.
Payments in lieu of taxes
Calculation of exemption
General municipal and school district taxes:
Percentage (%) of assessed value allowed by local law.
Special ad valorem levies and special assessments:
No exemption allowed.
Coding of exemption on assessment roll
Assessment roll section
Note: This code should not be used to identify property that is exempt under any of the statutes listed under Similar Exemptions below. For coding of such property, see the Exemption Profile for the statute that applies.
Filing requirements (owner or occupant of property)
Reporting requirements (assessor)
|Municipal corporations (aqueducts in NYC water supply system)||RPTL §406(4)|
|Municipal corporations (property within corporate limits held for public use)||RPTL §406(1)|
|Special districts (property within district boundaries)||RPTL §410|
Please send general questions or comments to ORPTS.