Code Enforcement & Zoning Department

Code Enforcement and Zoning is a major function of our municipality including; enforcement of NYS Building and Fire Codes, local zoning, land use ordinances, code reviews, inspections, issuing building and demolition permits, and also issuing Certificates of Occupancy. In addition, the Town issues Operating Permits, provides public education, processes Zoning Board of Appeals requests and coordinates with other Town staff and County departments. 

April 2021
Annual Burn Ban in Effect March 16 - May 14

December 2020
We are experiencing temporary technical difficulties with viewing documents on our website. If you cannot access the document that you need, please contact the office and we will provide it to you. or 273-1783.

November 11, 2020
Town Hall will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. Please plan ahead for the scheduling of inspections.

September 11, 2020
The Town Hall will be closed for mandatory training. Please plan ahead for the scheduling of inspections.

August 2020
There are new applications that can be filled out and submitted online. We have set up a computer in the front office for homeowners/contractors to use to submit the application or you can complete it through this website. If you experience any difficulty, please don't hesitate to contact us 273-1783. There may be glitches along the way as we learn this new process.

Spring 2020

During Phase One, New York State Department of Health,  released Interim Guidance for Construction Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Construction sites must adhere to all local, state and federal requirements relative to construction activities. 

Construction companies are to read and affirm the detailed guidelines. If your company has not previously submitted the business affirmation document to the Town of Ithaca, please read, affirm, and upload or email a copy of your business affirmation to our codes department at

The Interim Guidance can be found here

The Town of Ithaca will NOT issue or conduct any inspections unless the business affirmation is provided. 

As of May 12, 2020, the following are the codes, published in November 2019 that will be used by this department:



    Certain types of occupancies in the Town require an Operating Permit. A list of non-residential occupancies can be found in the Code of the Town of Ithaca Chapter 125-8. Residential Operating Permits are issued for buildings that have 3 or more units. Residential Registry Operating Permit is for any home that is either being rented or has a rented accessory dwelling unit (apartment).
    The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial board that is charged with the responsibility to consider requests for variances and/or special approvals that are a deviation from the Towns Zoning Code.                    
      To file a formal complaint regarding a possible code/zoning violation, please use the complaint form.  

      For general inquiries or questions, we can be contacted at 607.273.1783 or

                 Marty Moseley, Director
                 Martin Kelly
                 Dana Magnuson                                                       
                 Mark Stonier
                  Jessica Hull
      Administrative Support
                 Lori Kofoid
                 Christopher Torres