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Adopt-A-Trail

Adopt-A-Park / Trail / Preserve Agreement The Adopt-a-Park / Trail / Preserve program provides a fun opportunity for individuals, volunteer groups, neighborhood associations, and businesses to take an active role…

Animal Control

The Town contracts with Tompkins County Animal Control for dog control services.  If you see a lost dog or have an issue with an aggressive dog or incessant barking, they…

Apostilles

An apostille is a County and New York State certified copy of a record.  In our office, the record commonly requested is your marriage transcript or your full marriage license,…

Brush Collection & Drop-Off

The Public Works Department will be picking up brush, limbs, and branches starting Monday, October 17th, and will continue throughout the Town until finished.  All yard waste must be at…

Building Permits

A building permit is required for most residential and commercial construction projects.  Section 125-4 of the Town Code has a list of exempted work. A general permit application can be…

Community Choice Aggregation

City and Town of Ithaca Public Statement Having adopted some of New York’s leading municipal energy transition and climate action goals, the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca…

Development Review / Planning Board

“Development review” is a general term for the municipal process of evaluating proposed land use developments to ensure that they comply with the town’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code, and other…

Dog Licensing

Dogs must be licensed in the municipality in which they live.  You have the option of licensing your dog for 1, 2, or 3 years, not to exceed the expiration…

Domestic Partnerships

A Domestic Partnership Registry confers no legal benefits. It is a mechanism to declare yourselves to be in a committed, loving, and supportive relationship. You will receive a Certificate of…

Fire Safety Inspections

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FOIL Requests

FOIL Requests - Freedom of Information Law The Town is very open and transparent, and an official form is not necessary, but it is helpful sometimes. The Town Clerk is…

Free Mulch & Compost

The Town's Public Works Facility offers wood chips, shredded wood mulch, and compost free of charge to Town of Ithaca (including the Village of Cayuga Heights) residents. Please note that…

Frequently asked questions

Taxes Where do property taxes get paid?  Town and County taxes are payable to the Town of Ithaca. In-Person: Town Clerk’s Office, 215 N. Tioga St, corner of N. Tioga and…

Guides and forms

Guides and forms will be available for download soon. Checklists / worksheets Early concept review Neighborhood design Regulating plan application requirements Subdivision design Subdivision application requirements Buildings and site improvements…

Handicap Parking Permit

Permits are issued from the municipality (Town or City) in which you live, not the DMV. Parking permits are prescribed by your physician.  There is a NYS form or your…

Holiday Tree Pickup

The Town of Ithaca Public Works Department will begin picking up discarded holiday trees on the first business day after Christmas and will continue through mid-January.

Human Resources

The Town is a progressive and innovative employer that provides employees with opportunities for personal growth, excellent pay and benefits, and the ability for work-live balance.  

Department Mission

To be a partner in cultivating a high performing, diverse workforce in a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for employees, their families, departments, and the community.

These services are achieved through a teamwork philosophy that is inspired through effective organizational skills, proactive efforts, and a balance between professionalism and the ability to have fun.

Department Strategies

To ensure fair and equitable treatment of all employees and to encourage the further creation of a team concept with and among all departments, so that the work of the Town continues to be preformed in a professional and fiscally responsible manner.

To attract and retain engaged, inclusive minded, highly qualified staff that perform at high levels to meet the growing demands of the community.

Department Services

 Human Resources as a business partner provides many services:

  • Recruitment of quality staff with a focus on providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.
  • Retention through promoting individual success and overall value to the organization by providing training and development opportunities.
  • Administers payroll, benefits, wellness, policies, and procedures
  • Assists in creating a safe and healthy working environment and administers workers’ compensation and commercial risk insurance.
  • Liaison to union groups
  • Resource to employees, management, and Town Board members.
  • Employer of Record for:
    • Bolton Point Water System (SCLIWC)
    • Greater Tompkins County Municipal Insurance Consortium (GTCMHIC)

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Leaf Collection & Drop-Off

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…

Marriage Licenses

Couples must apply for a marriage license at least 24 hours in advance of the ceremony.  Both parties of the marriage must come in person to the office and both…

New Neighborhood Code

What's the New Neighborhood Code? The Town Board adopted the New Neighborhood Code in November 2020. The 2014 Town of Ithaca Comprehensive Plan envisions compact, walkable mixed use neighborhoods in…

Noise Permit

The Town adopted a Noise Ordinance to address complaints regarding unusual or unreasonably loud noise.  The law includes a process to apply for a Noise Permit if you believe you…

Operating Permits

Certain types of occupancies in the Town require an Operating Permit. These fall into two categories, Residential and Non-Residential. Residential Operating Permits are issued for: Multiple Residences with 3 or…

Park Use Permits

Park / Trail Permit Application A Park/Trail Permit is required in the Town of Ithaca for a picnic or other event by a group or organization of more than five…

Parks & Trails Reservation

The Town has many parks and trails for your fun and exercise.  A few of our parks have pavilions and can be reserved for parties.  Please go to our Parks…

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Property Complaints

To file a formal complaint regarding a possible code/zoning violation, please use the complaint form within ViewPoint. ViewPoint

Room Use

The Town has meeting rooms available for use for small groups after hours.  There is an application process and certain requirements, the most important being that no admission can be charged or sales conducted and all uses must be open to the public.  

If you would like, you can go to our Resident Portal to create an account and submit a Room Use Application.

Taxes

Debby Kelley has been the Town of Ithaca Receiver of Taxes since 2000, which is an appointed position.   Town and County Tax Bills are mailed out by the last business…

Town Demographics & Facts

Brief History The Town of Ithaca is located on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Gayogohó:nǫˀ (Cayuga Nation). The Gayogohó:nǫˀ are one of the Six Nations of Hodinǫhsǫ́:nih (Haudenosaunee…

Transportation

The Town of Ithaca has a mission to foster a transportation system that enhances quality of life and envisions a multi-modal transportation network. The Town has over 20 public transportation…

Water & Sewer

Billing Water and Sewer bills are mailed on March 1st, June 1st, September 1st, and December 1st.  All water and sewer bills are due by the 30th of the month…

West Hill Community Garden Signup

The Garden is located off Route 89, Mecklenburg Rd at the Conifer Village/Linderman Creek Apartments within a portion of the Town’s undeveloped West Hill Park Access to the garden is…

Youth Programs

The Town of Ithaca joins with other municipalities and Tompkins County in providing Youth Development Services and Training Programs including: Job Training, Apprenticeships, Sports, Arts & Crafts Camps, and other…

Zoning Variance & Appeal

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…