Building Permit Essentials, by WSTBO President John Monaco, May 2008:
Professionals who are knowledgeable in building and local codes staff your local Building Department. Their focus is the promotion, awareness, and enforcement of building, fire and life safety codes. These professionals can be an invaluable source of information to assist you through a building project, provide technical information and resources, and can answer zoning related questions.
Code Enforcement Officials are tasked with the enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code as well as the Code of your local municipality. By assisting contractors, designers and homeowners they ensure that the structures built are SAFE when newly built and for years to come.
Contact your local building department before you start a construction project.
Below you will find answers too many frequently asked questions concerning building permits.