Whatever your planned construction project, it may require an application for a permit, a plan check review
and inspections. The questions and answers here should help you determine if you need a permit and how to obtain one.
When Do I Need A Building Permit?
A permit is required for construction that physically changes or adds structures to your property, or
for work regulated by New York's Building & Fire Code, Town or County codes or ordinances, such as:
- New Buildings - dwellings, sheds, carports
- buildings, swimming pools, hot tubs, decks, retaining walls
- Alterations Beyond Cosmetic
Changes - converting carports to garages or nonliving space to living space
or Demolishing a building
- Repairs Involving Structural Members - including
staircases, doors, windows, rafter, trusses, etc
- Heating Equipment - wood or
pellet stoves, gas lines, HVAC units
- Changing the Use of a Structure - changing
a single-family residence to a restaurant or shop
- Electric & Plumbing - any electrical changes and most plumbing changes
Building without a permit may result in enforcement
action, including removing any construction which requires permits, possible penalties, and increased fees. If you have
any questions about when permits are required, please call first.
When Do I Need a Land Use Permit?
Certain land uses may require a land use permit in addition to a building permit. Contact the Codes
Enforcement Officer to verify whether your proposed use or property requires a separate land use permit. Before calling,
know the address and the proposed use for the property.
What Must I Submit for a Permit?
Submit a completed building permit application form to the Codes Enforcement Officer. Contractor
information will be needed before the approved plans and permit can be issued.
One- or two- family dwelling projects require 2 - 3 complete sets of plans. Commercial projects require 3 -
5 complete sets of plans, showing all proposed work and details necessary to verify compliance with building codes and zoning
ordinances. Plans may not be accepted if they are not clear or lack needed details.
A Complete Set of Plans is Needed
Checklists for commercial or residential (one and two-family) projects are available at the Town Offices
along with permit applications. All the items on the checklist that apply to your project must be provided. We
can not accept plans that are incomplete.
Can Be Costly
You can save yourself a great deal
of money as well as valuable time if you review the general regulations outlined and submit plans that will not need major
If you cannot draw up the plans
or are not familiar with code requirements, please seek competent assistance before attempting to apply for the permit.
Town stafff cannot assist in drafting the plans or designing your project.
The Codes Enforcement Officer can only check the completed plans for compliance with the codes.
When May I Start My Building?
No construction is allowed until the permit is issued. After the permit application and accompanying
plans have been submitted, it will take several weeks to examine and process a good quality set of plans, depending on the
complexity. Plans which are not good quality may require revisions and take significantly longer. The plans are
reviewed in the order they are received.
You will be notified
of approval by telephone or by mail, with permit fees specified at that time. Permit fees are based on the type and
value of the construction to be done.
You may then pick up
your set of "approved" plans. Make sure you post the address and permit number card on the site so we can
find you. The plans marked "approved" must be on the job site at all times for the use of the Codes Enforcement
Officer as well as the contractors. Inspections will not be made if the plans are not on the site.
When Do I Need Inspections?
The type and number of inspections needed depend on the individual project. Please review your permit
for those inspections you will need.
When the work is ready
for inspection, the contractor or person responsible for the specific work to be inspected can schedule the inspection by
calling the Codes Enforcement Officer with the following information:
- permit number
- inspection code for type of inspection (provided with permit)
What If I Change My Mind?
If you change your contractor, we will revise the application form and assess additional fees.
If you change your project, submit 2 sets of plans to the Codes Enforcement Officer
that clearly show the revisions in relationship to the approved plans. These revisions must be approved and may require
How Long Is a Permit Active?
Once a permit is issued, construction must commence within 180 days. Construction may not stop completely
for more than 180 days. If these time periods are exceeded, the permit will automatically expire and a new application
for a building permit is necessary.
What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
After the final inspection, when it is found that the building or structure complies with all Code provisions
of the Town of DeRuyter, the Codes Enforcement Officer will issue a certificate of occupancy. No building or structure
may be lawfully used or occupied until the certificate of occupancy has been issued.
Typical Items to Check Before Submitting Plans
- Make sure that the use, size, height, and location of the building on the development site
conforms with the applicable laws and ordinances.
- Check for the location of any public utility
easements on the bulding site. No construction is allowed on or over such easements. Contact the Codes Enforcement
Officer for more information.