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Step One: Registration: In order to check for zoning and NYS Code requirements, a copy of the property survey or site plan must be examined by a Building Inspector in the Permit Office (Room 301 City Hall, 851-4925, 851-4924, 851-4926, 851-5033, 851-4932). At this time, the Inspector will institute the registration process to ascertain whether the work you intend to do meets all the requirements of the City and State ordinances, or whether any special approvals are required. The Permit Office, Room 301 City Hall, will furnish you with a copy of the following forms to assist you in preparing the plans and documents to be submitted.
Step Two: Application: The Inspector will input the Building Permit Application to the computer from the information given to them from the applicant. After obtaining any special approvals that may be required, three sets of blueprints (min 18" x 24" blueprint paper) and three copies of the property survey and any other specification and support documents are filed in Room 301 City Hall. At that time the application fee is paid. (Questions about fees, phone 851-4667, 851-4926) An original seal and signature of a NYS licensed architect or engineer is required for all new buildings and additions, both regardless of cost; an original seal and signature is required for any alteration or repair to or work upon any building or structure which involves changes affecting the structural safety and/or public safety thereof, and for most alterations and all change of use/occupancy. Construction documents for projects where costs exceed $25,000 need to bear the seal and signature of a licensed professional. In any case, all plans must be professionally drawn and comply with The Building Code of New York State.
Step Three: Code Review: The blueprints will be logged in by the Permit Office, then send to the Building Code Review Office in Room 301 for review. At this point the Application Fee will be submitted. The Building Code Specialists are the first to review the plans for completeness. Then plans will be reviewed by applicable Departments in the order that follows:
If during the review process it is determined that revisions are required, contact will be made with the agent of record. (3 sets of revisions required on min 18" x 24" blueprint paper) These plans must be filed in Room 301 City Hall. The revisions will be sent to the appropriate departments.
Tracking: Any questions regarding the status of your plans can be directed to 851-4111.
Step Four: Permit Issuance: The Building Code Review office will phone the agent of record when plans have been approved by the appropriate departments. When all necessary plan review approvals are acquired a contractor is identified and the permit fee is paid, the Building permit will be issued and work may commence.
Step Five: Inspections: Building Permit Inspections are required at various stages of a project. Depending on the nature of the project, typical permit inspections include:
The agent is responsible for scheduling all inspections.
Step Six: Closing Out Permits: All permits require finalization upon completion of any project. The building inspector will issue one of two documents to close the project; a Certificate of Occupancy, or a Certificate of Compliance. This document certifies that the work is satisfactory and that the permit and inspections process is complete.
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