Building Department


Permit Application Check-In Hours
10:00am - 12:00pm  |  1:00pm - 3:00pm  |  Monday - Friday

We continue to improve the level of service provided by the Building Department, while issuing record numbers of permits and ensuring building code compliance through plan reviews and inspections. 

To efficiently meet the demand for new permits, we are setting CHECK-IN HOURS for applications.  During these hours, you may bring your application into the building department for check-in with a building inspector.   

All applications and plans will be checked for completeness, including code and zoning compliance. 


Building permit applications for projects requiring Land Use Board review will only be accepted after the Notice of Decision is issued with an approval.

Residential permit applications must now include a completed Zoning Compliance Chart.  

Commercial permit applications require an appointment.  Please contact Katie Farone for scheduling.

How Long Will It Take to Get a Permit?

We currently have 73 permit applications, and they are reviewed in the order they are received.   

Processing time for your application depends on zoning compliance issues, waiting on missing or revised information, the number of applications submitted ahead of yours, and other demands for staff, such as the volume of inspections and enforcement matters.

We are currently reviewing permit applications for NEW RESIDENTIAL construction submitted on or before: July 30, 2019

We are currently reviewing permit applications for RESIDENTIAL ADDITIONS & ALTERATIONS submitted on or before:  July 30, 2019

We do our best to issue these permits within 48 hours: 

NOTE:  Only complete applications are accepted for review.  Plans will also be reviewed for zoning compliance.  Please refer to the Zoning Ordinance for more information.


The Building Department reviews plans, issues permits and provides inspections for the following types of construction:

  • Blasting and demolition activities
  • Commercial buildings
  • New constructions, alterations, repair, renovations, reconstruction, building relocation, and changes in occupancy
  • Plumbing installations, septic systems
  • Signs, swimming pools, sheds, decks
  • Single and multi-family residences and additions
Each of these activities requires submission of an application, fee, appropriate plans and issuance of a permit prior to any construction. During construction, periodic inspections are required to ensure compliance with the recently adopted family of New York State Building Codes as well as local zoning regulation.

In addition, the Building Department provides assistance to the city's Zoning Board of Appeals and Design Review Commission as necessary.

Helpful Links
Building Department Application Forms
Architectural Review District
Zoning Ordinance
Zoning Map
Historic Review District