How do I apply for a building permit?
Permit applications are available in the York Town Hall or you can download an application. (Click here for application.)
1. ONE (1) COMPLETED copy of this application are to be written in ink or typewritten and submitted to the Code Enforcement Office. Any application that is missing information will be denied by the Code Enforcement Office. 2. A Plot Plan showing location of the lot and of the buildings on the premises, relation to public streets or areas and to adjoining premises, giving a DETAILED description of the layout of the property must be drawn on a diagram which is part of the permit application. 3. One set of STAMPED architectural drawings must be submitted for any new construction, addition, or residential dwelling. 4. All required proofs of insurance must accompany your application. 5. The work to be covered by this application shall not be commenced before the issuance of a building permit. 6. Upon approval of this application, a Building Permit will be issued and one (1) set of the plans will be returned to the applicant. The Permit is to be posted in a conspicuous location on the property and the plans must be kept on site for review at all times. 7. NO building shall be occupied or used in whole or in part for any purpose until a Certificate of Occupancy is granted by the Code Enforcement Office.
In a brief amount of time, the code official will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with local requirements. If your plans meet these requirements. a permit is issued. If not, the code official may suggest solutions to help correct the problem.
What kind of work does not require a building permit?
Examples of work that usually do not require a building permit include: replacing a window or door with another in the same location and with the same size wall opening; replacing electrical or plumbing fixtures in the same location; painting, wallpapering and carpeting; replacing of roofing shingles that does not involve replacement of the sheathing or underlying structure; new siding; sidewalks and driveways.
If in doubt, a simple call to the Building & Zoning Department can answer any questions you may have. We can be reached at 245.2687.
What happens after a building permit is issued?
On-site inspections will be required to make certain the work conforms to the permit, local codes and plans. Again you will have access to the expertise of the code official to help you with questions or concerns regarding the project and to ward off any costly mistakes. The code official will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed for your project. Usually a one or two day notice is needed when requesting visits.
When construction is completed and a final inspection is made the Code Enforcement Officer will issue a Certificate of Occupancy, which is your official documentation that you have met all the permit requirements.
Town of York
2668 Main Street
PO Box 187
York, New York 14592
(Phone) 585-243-3128(Fax) 585-243-4618