Building Department


Until Further Notice
The Counter is Closed to the Public

The health and safety of our employees and the public are our first priority, and we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.  In consideration of the guidance document released  from Empire State Development on Executive Order 202.6 (and 8) and recent updates on the status of COVID-19 in our area, the Building Department has imposed the following limitations on our service until further notice.

Our staff in the Building Department is working remotely and available by phone and email during business hours, although offices remain closed to the public.

  • All inspections are suspended until further notice. 
  • Intake of new applications is suspended. 
  • Building Inspectors are continuing to review permit applications checked-in and accepted into our queue at the time.
  • Requests for COs, Zoning Compliance Letters and other property records will be processed as soon as possible, within the limitations of reduced access to our files.

How Long Will It Take to Get a Permit?

We currently have 75 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 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