How do I obtain a marriage
Marriage licenses for marriages to be performed within the
State of New York are issued at the Town Hall between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday. Both bride and groom must come to the Clerk’s office
with a photo ID (such as driver’s license or passport) and a certified copy of their birth
certificate. If an individual has been divorced, a certified copy
of their divorce decree is required; and if a former spouse has died a certified
copy of their death certificate is required.
The couple must wait 24 hours after issuance of the license
before they can marry, and they must be married within 60 days. The cost of the
license is $40.00. The individual who officiates at the ceremony will sign the
license and return it to the Town Clerk's office. Upon receipt of the signed
marriage license, the Town Clerk will issue and send the couple a Certificate of
Marriage Registration. The marriage will be recorded at the Town Hall, and the
original license then forwarded to
Vital Statistic in Albany
for their records.
can I pay my property tax and water & sewer bill?
REAL PROPERTY TAX BILL INFORMATION:
The Town and County
Tax Bill payments can be made by mail or in person at the Ithaca Town Hall
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Payments can be made by cash
or by check only. The Ithaca Town Hall has a night drop box that is checked
daily for any payments or correspondences. It is located by the Buffalo
Street entrance door.
Town and County tax bills are mailed
out every year during the last week of December
Tax payments are due annually by
January 31st without penalty
No payment will be accepted before
January 1st. No post-dated checks.
A partial payment option is available
for payments received January 1st through January 31st
Starting February 1st a
penalty is added to the full amount of all unpaid tax bills. The
schedule of penalties is as follows:
received February 1 through 28 – 1% penalty
received March 1 through 31 – 2% penalty
postmarked after March 31st or
later will be mailed back to the owner.
On April 1st, all unpaid 2006 Town and County Tax Bills will be
handed over to the Tompkins County Budget & Finance Department for
April 1st, the Tompkins County Budget and Finance Department will
be collecting taxes at 125 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. If there
are any questions for Tompkins County Budget and Finance Department please
The State Law
stipulates that property owners are responsible for their taxes and any
penalties, whether they receive a tax bill or not.
WATER & SEWER BILL
Bolton Point prints and mails Town of Ithaca
water and sewer bills quarterly (March 1st, June 1st,
September 1st, and December 1st). All name and
address changes need to be made with Bolton Point by calling 607-277-0660.
Town of Ithaca residents have 30 days to
make payments without penalty. After 30 days, there is a ten percent
penalty applied to the unpaid balance. It is the property owner or
landlord’s responsibility to make sure payment is made.
Water and Sewer payments can be made by mail
or in person at the Ithaca Town Hall Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Payments can be made in cash or by check only.
No post-dated checks.
The Ithaca Town Hall has a night drop box
that is checked daily for any payments or correspondences. The drop box is
located by the Buffalo Street entrance door.
When do I
need a plumbing permit and where do I get one?
Plumbing permits are required for any new construction connection to water
and/or sewer service on town utility mains. Also, plumbing permits are
required for any changes or repairs to existing interior or exterior water
and/or sewer service piping.
Permits and information can be obtained at
Bolton Point, 1402 East Shore Drive,
Ithaca, NY 14850. Phone: (607) 272-0660.
When do I need a building permit?
Most work other
than paint and floor coverings will require a building permit.
Section 125-4 of the Town Code
has a list of exempted work.
The staff at the Building and Zoning Department are happy to help you with
questions on what activities require a building permit.
Contact them at
273-1783, Monday-Friday, 8AM-4PM. Phone calls are promptly returned. The Zoning
Ordinance can be purchased through the Town Clerk's Department
available for download. Building Permit
Applications are available through the Code Enforcement Department
at Town Hall or
you can download them from the
Do I need a
building permit to reside or reroof my house?
application form do I need to use to build a deck?
full application must be used for deck construction. The plans must
include details on footers, framing, railing, steps, and lighting.
What Building codes and Land Use Regulations apply to the Town of Ithaca?
The NYS Fire
Protection and Building Codes, the Town Zoning Ordinance and other local laws
including but not limited to a Noise Ordinance and Property Maintenance Law. All
local laws are available through the
Town Clerk's Department. Information
about NYS codes are available through the NYS Division of Code Enforcement and
Administration's website: http://www.dos.state.ny.us/code/ls-codes.html.
Another valuable site is the
Southern Tier Building Officials Association
How many occupants can I have in my home?
family home can have one family or up to three unrelated people. A two
family home can have one family in each unit or up to two unrelated people in
Does the Town's Property Maintenance law include lawn maintenance?
Who do I call before I dig?
Contact Dig Safely New York at 1-800-962-7962 or visit their website at
Who are the Town Board members?
to meet the current
Town Board members.
How can I get copies of
|Can I request copies of
any record via email?
The Town of Ithaca has created an interactive form for you to submit a request for records:
Request For Records
clicked the Submit button on this page, you will see a confirmation
page letting you know that your request has been sent to the Town
Clerk. The Town Clerk will respond to your request within 5 business days.
information on the Committee on Open Government and the Freedom of
Information Law (FOIL) go to
When is the next Town Board
To view a calendar for all upcoming board/committee meetings,click here .
Who maintains my road? I see Town trucks,
Tompkins County trucks, and New York State trucks.
That depends on who owns your road. The Town of Ithaca owns certain “local”
roads within its boundaries. Tompkins County owns 15 roads and New York State
owns 8 roads within the town. County and State roads are considered
thoroughfares—roads that go through the Town of Ithaca into another town.
Examples are Coddington Road (County Road) and Danby Road/RT 96B (State Road).
However, the Town plows and salts certain roads that are owned by Tompkins
County and the State plows and salts all the State roads in the Town. If you
have questions about this, please call the Town Highway Department at 273-1656
so we can direct you to the proper entity. County road questions should be
referred to Tompkins County Highway Department at 274-0300 and State road
questions should be referred to New York State DOT at (607) 756-7072.
General Information about Public Works
Town of Ithaca Public Works Facility is located at 106 Seven Mile Drive
and functions as a public steward providing snow removal; paving; yard
waste collection; vegetation control; storm water management; and parks,
trails, water, sanitary sewer, and road maintenance services. Hours of
operation are Monday-Friday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm. Phone number is (607)
Public Works Department also assists the Town Board and other departments
with projects to be completed within the Town. The Public Works Department strives
to make the Town of Ithaca
a very pleasant, worthwhile town in which to live.
Works Committee: Meets monthly at 9:00am at the Public Works
Facility, 106 Seven Mile Drive
When is the brush and leaf pick
Please refer to the Quick News section of the home page for specific dates and information.
Brush and Leaf Collection is for all areas of the Town of Ithaca outside the Village of Cayuga Heights and the City of Ithaca.
In the spring and
fall, the Town of Ithaca Public
Works Department picks up yard waste (brush and bagged
leaves, pine needles, garden waste, and grass clippings) in mid-April and in mid-late
October. All yard waste must be at
roadside by 7:00 a.m. of the first day of the collection.
Brush should be
placed in neat piles going with the flow of traffic so that the chipping trucks
can feed the cut ends first. The
intention of the brush collection service is for residents to put a reasonable
amount of brush out at roadside for pick up.
Brush piles are limited to approximately 2’ H x 4’ W x 8’ L in size.
Please note, our crews do not vacuum leaves in the spring,
therefore, no loose piles of leaves
will be picked up. For all collections, leaves and garden waste must be bagged
in biodegradable paper bags. Fold over openings of bags to close—do
not staple or tape. No plastic bags will be picked up. In the fall, Leaves are vacuumed throughout
the Town. Bagged leaves and yard waste
are also collected in the fall. Bagged
leaf pickup occurs on each subsequent Monday through November.
Please do not put
yard waste out at roadside until the week before collections. You may also drop your yard waste off at
the Public Works Facility at 106
Seven Mile Drive, Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. -
2:30 p.m. year around. Please first sign in at the office.
please call 273-1656 between 6:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday or e-mail us.
Is there a policy or guidelines regarding mailbox installations?
shall be installed according to Post Office guidelines. The Post Office specifies a minimum distance
of 16 feet from center of the road or 6 feet from the pavement (which ever is
greater) with a 44 inch clearance under the mailbox.
a mailbox that is properly installed, and initially in good repair, is damaged
by a Town plow, the Town may, at its option, replace or repair it upon
notification being given to the Public Works Department.
about mailboxes or other structures in the right-of-way should be directed to
the Public Works Department at 273-1656.
Can residents obtain mulch or compost from the Public Works Facility?
The Town's Public Works Facility offers wood chips, shredded wood mulch, and
compost free of charge to Town of Ithaca residents. (Please note that the wood
chips are irregularly sized due to the chipping process and are not always
available.) These services are not available to contractors or City of Ithaca
residents. You can find these items at the Public Works Facility located at 106
Seven Mile Drive. Town of Ithaca residents should sign in at the office before
picking up any of these items. Additionally, Town of Ithaca residents may bring
brush, leaves, garden waste, and grass clippings to the facility for drop off.
Receiving hours are 7:00am-2:30pm M-F.
Public access is limited to the designated drop off / pick up
locations. Please refer to the map in
Does the Town
provide trash and recycling pickup?
No, you must contract with a local hauler or contact
Tompkins County Solid Waste at (607) 273-6632.
They can advise with contracting with local trash haulers.
Does the Town have a Dog
Yes, If you have
any questions, contact the Town Clerk's Office at 607-273-1721
Does the Town have a Noise Ordinance?
here for a Noise Ordinance Permit application you can submit to the
Town Clerk's Office.
If you have
any questions, contact the Town Clerk's Office at 607-273-1721
Where can I pay a Town Court fine?
The Ithaca Town Court is
located off the lobby of the Town Hall. Court fines can be paid at the Court
Clerk's office Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:30pm and Fridays between 8:00am and
11:30am. Fines may be paid by cash or money
order (NO PERSONAL CHECKS) in person or via mail to Ithaca Town Court, 215 N.
Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope and
your receipt will be mailed to you. Contact the Court Clerk Office 273-0493 with
any questions or
see their web page.
Can I pay my water/sewer bill
As a convenience to our
residents and users, we offer online payments for water & sewer bills. Click