Volunteer Opportunities

Scanned from a Xerox multifunction device001Volunteers in the City of Cortland Fire Department serve in many diverse roles, and use their talents in many aspects of fire department activities. Their commitment to serving the community is what binds the membership, which is comprised of individuals of all ages, experiences and backgrounds. However, because not everyone has a special interest in each aspect of the fire department, our structure allows folks to explore the areas that interest them most.

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Cortland Fire DepartmentThe City of Cortland (NY) Fire Department has two fire stations staffed around the clock.

Our Headquarters, located at 21 Court Street, is a historical building built in 1914. We believe it is the second oldest continuously working firehouse listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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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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