The most common permits are issued for construction and renovation projects however several types of work such as electrical, heating or plumbing require special inspections and may require a person licensed to this work.  If you are unsure if your project requires a permit contact the code office.  Our staff is available Monday through Friday 08:30 AM to 4:30 PM to answer questions.

Why Building Permits Are Required

Building permits are required in order to protect you and your neighbors from fire, unsafe construction practices and to comply with state and local land-use legislation.  The City of Cortland, Code Enforcement Office is the agency charged with enforcing the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code as well as the Code of the City of Cortland, Zoning Ordinances and Historic District regulations.  In order to determine whether your proposed work meets these regulations, the Code of the City of Cortland requires that a permit be issued before a project begins.  

What Work Requires a Building Permit

 Building Permit Form

  • New buildings and construction
  • Demolition
  • Structural changes and alterations
  • Repairs of porches or decks
  • Conversion or change of use of a building or building space
  • Installation or alteration of electrical systems
  • Alterations to fire-safety systems such as: smoke detectors, sprinklers, fire alarms systems, fire walls or fire separations, corridors, stairways, doors and exits.
  • Installations of wood/coal stoves
  • Fences
  • Swimming pools
  • New or enlarging driveways and parking areas
  • Recovering existing driveways and parking areas
  • Roofing-including non structural
  • Sheds that exceed 144 square feet

What Work Requires a No Fee Building Permit

 No Fee Building Permit

  • Prefab shed less than 144 square feet
  • Replacement windows
  • Siding

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