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 and available for download. Building Permit Applications are available through the  Code Enforcement Department at Town Hall or you can download them from the Forms page.



Do I need a building permit to reside or reroof my house?

Yes, the short application form can be used.


Which application form do I need to use to build a deck?

The 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