Chuck Ladd, Codes Enforcement Officer

 735 Utica Street, P.O. Box 394                               DeRuyter, NY 13052

 Office Phone: 315-367-1353                                         Cell Phone:     315-400-2823                                                   Email:

Town Regulations:

Printable Applications:

Building Permit Process:

Common Questions:

What ever 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 Bew York's Building & Fire Code, Town or County Codes, or ordinances, such as:

  • New Buildings - dwellings, sheds, carports, etc.
  • Additions - buildings, swimming pools, hot tubs, decks, retaining walls, etc.
  • Repairs Involving Structural Members - including staircases, doors, windows, rafter, trusses, etc.
  • Alterations Beyond Cosmetic Changes - converting carports to garages or nonliving space to living space
  • Moving or Demolition of Any Building
  • Signs
  • Heating Equipment - wood or pellet stoves, gas lines, HVAC units
  • Electrical & Plumbing: any electrical changes and most plumbing changes

*Building without a permit may result in enforcement action, including removing and construction which requires permits, possible penalties, and increased fees. If you have any questions about when permits required, please call first