1106.01 Plant Assets

Definitions - Land & Building

Document purpose

To define capitalized land/land improvements and buildings/building improvements

effective

July, 2016

revised

July, 2016

Reviewed

April, 2020

Responsible Office

Comptroller

Approval

Comptroller

Policy

Land & Land Improvements

The cost to be capitalized as land includes all costs connected with the acquisition of the land.  These costs include, but are not limited to, the cost of the land, appraisals, professional services, title insurance, and other miscellaneous fees and costs associated with the acquisition.   

Land improvements eligible for capitalization include the cost of landscaping, infrastructures, utility systems, and outdoor public recreational fields and facilities in excess of $100,000. 

Buildings & Building Improvements

The cost to be capitalized as a building includes associated costs related to the acquisition or construction of the building. Acquisition costs include, but are not limited to, the cost of the building, professional services, appraisals, title insurance, and other miscellaneous fees and costs associated with the acquisition. Construction costs include, but are not limited to, the cost of professional services, test borings, materials, and site preparation. 

Building improvements to be capitalized are significant alterations or structural changes that cost in excess of $100,000 and must meet one or more of the following criteria: 

  1. Project extends the useful life of the building beyond what was originally scheduled 
  2. Project substantially changes the use or purpose of the original space, including gut renovations
  3. Project expands the total square footage of the building 

Infrastructure projects such as steam manhole rebuilds, electrical vaults and lighting upgrades must have an expected life of 20 years or more.