Building Department

Mission


Our primary mission is to deliver professional, courteous and timely service to the community by providing uniform enforcement of the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code and other laws which protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens.


Responsibilities


The primary function is to administer and enforce regulations through the issuance of building permits, which are subject to plan review, inspections and insurance requirements. Our plan reviews and permits include building (structural), plumbing and electrical.


All inspectors are New York State certified; their duties are varied and cover a wide range of disciplines. In addition, the department assists residents and developers to understand and comply with ordinances and regulations which affect development. Some of the other issues relating to development which are handled in the department include:
  • Fire Inspections
  • Flood Plains
  • Wetlands
  • Zoning
The department also issues licenses for Master Plumbers and Master Electricians. We coordinate the Planning Board agenda and applications for both the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. An area that has generated many questions is pools 24 inches - 48 inches high. View some frequently asked questions.

In addition, the department oversees the implemention of the New York State Stormwater Design. The New York State Stormwater Design is prepared to provide standards for the design of the Stormwater Management Practices (SMPs) to protect the waters of the State of New York from the adverse impacts of urban stormwater runoff.  This is intended to establish specifications and uniform criteria for the practices that are part of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
This is a link to NYS DEC 2015 Stormwater Design Manual

Contact
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call the department at 716-694-1026. Pre-project planning and communication are important.