# 4.3.14 UTC Offset

Basic Definition | Formal Definition | Description| Example

## Basic Definition

- Value Name
- UTC-OFFSET
- Purpose
- This value type is used to identify properties that contain an offset from UTC to local time.

## Formal Definition

The data type is defined by the following notation: utc-offset = time-numzone ;As defined above in time data type time-numzone = ("+" / "-") time-hour time-minute [time- second]

## Description

The PLUS SIGN character MUST be specified for positive UTC offsets (i.e., ahead of UTC). The value of "-0000" and "-000000" are not allowed. The time-second, if present, may not be 60; if absent, it defaults to zero.

No additional content value encoding (i.e., BACKSLASH character encoding) is defined for this value type.

## Example

The following UTC offsets are given for standard time for New York (five hours behind UTC) and Geneva (one hour ahead of UTC): -0500 +0100