Welcome to the Building Department
If you are thinking about improvements to your home you should contact the Building Department to determine if you need any approvals.
- A Building Permit is required for new construction, additions, alterations, decks, swimming pools, enclosing a screened in porch, adding skylights, and sheds. For questions about when a building permit is required, please contact our office at (914) 238-4723.
- An Electrical Permit is required for all electrical work and must be filed through the Building Department. We only honor inspections by the New York Electrical Inspectors. Electricians must be licensed by Westchester County.
- A Plumbing Permit is required for all plumbing work, including the replacement of boilers and furnaces. Workers must be licensed by Westchester County.
- A Certificate of Compliance is required upon completion of all building permit work.
- A Certificate of Occupancy is issued after the project is complete.
- The Zoning Board of Appeals considers requests for variances from Town Zoning Law. To schedule a ZBA hearing, contact the Zoning Board Secretary at (914) 238-4725.
- The Planning Board approves all site plans and subdivisions. To schedule Planning Board review, contact the Planning Department.
DID YOU KNOW
Permits are required for new residences, in-ground and above ground swimming pools, additions. Permits are also required for oil tanks, furnaces, all decks, finished basements, generators, and any new plumbing pipe, converting screened porches to enclosed space, finishing of attics, finishing rooms over garages, sheds (included tree houses) and other things.
If you are contemplating any work to your house or property, contact the Building Department prior to beginning work.
Police and Firemen are known as “First Responders”. Building Inspectors have been designated “First Preventers”. Building Inspectors have gained this title because our job is to prevent house fire, building and deck collapses, etc., and to ensure the public’s safety prior to an emergency.
Throughout the world, where building codes are enforced, property damage is reduced and lives are saved.
- Water running off construction sites and private property may contain hazardous substances that pollute and contaminate our drinking water, lakes, rivers and eventually the oceans. To contain these waters, our Engineering Department reviews plans and construction sites. They also perform inspections and make recommendations and revisions as needed to ensure that all laws are complied with.
- Any exterior construction with a proposed value at over $5000 must obtain the approval of the Board of Architectural Review. This Board ensures that the proposed work blends not only into the harmony of the structure but also the neighborhood in which it is situated.
- The Zoning Board of Appeals is actually a relief mechanism from the strict interpretation of the Zoning ordinance.
- The Planning Board not only approves separating parcels of land (subdividing) but also re-attaching pieces of property (re-subdivision).