Codes Officer

Lance Hoffert Tuesdays 9AM-2PM

Forestport Town Hall
10275 State Route 28 PO Box 137
Forestport, NY 13338
315-392-2801 ext. Or 315-235-8470 Cell
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The Simple Permit Process



Your code official wants your project to be a success and will help you avoid potential problems that could cost you time and money.  Your will be asked some basic questions (What are you planning to do? Where?), advised of any requirements, and, if necessary, referred to other departments for their approval.  The code official will provide you with the resources and information needed for compliance with the applicable building codes.  You will then receive an application for a building permit.



At this stage, you will document the "Who, What, When, Where, and How" of the job, along with any sketches or plans of the proposed work.  A fee, based on the job, is collected to cover the cost of the application, the review, and the inspection process.



In a brief amount of time, the code official will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with local requirements.  If your plans meet these requirements, a permit is issued.  If not, the code offical may suggest solutions to help correct the problem.



Now that you have been approved for a permit, you have legal permission to start contruction.  An experienced code official is available to you should you have any questions concerning your project.  You should consider your code official as an ally who will help you make your project a success.



On-site inspections will be required to make certain the work conforms to the permit, local codes, and plans.  Again, you will have access to the expertise of the code official to help you with questions or concerns regarding the project and to minimize potentially costly mistakes.  The code official will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed for your project.  Usually, a one- or two-day notice is needed when requesting visits.



The code official will provide documentation when construction is complete and code compliance is determined.  You will then have the personal satisfaction of a job done right.  Enjoy your new surroundings with the peace of mind and the knowledge that they meet they safety standards in your community.


It takes everyone in a community to keep our homes, schools, offices, stores, and other buildings safe for public use.  Your safe construction practices help protect you, your family, your friends, and your investment.  Be sure to get your local code official involved with your project, because the building department is an important ally, from start to finish.





Requirements For Obtaining A Building Permit



1.  Complete the Building Permit Application.

2.  If you are a new owner of the property, you must furnish a copy of the deed.

3.  A plot plan is required for all new construction.  Indicate the location of the new structure and required setbacks.  If there are buildings currently on the site, indicate their location in relation to the proposed new construction.  Indicate the location of the well and septic, if any.  All measurements should be from the property lines.

4.  All structures require plans.  New Homes 1500 sq. ft. or larger must have plans prepared by a Licensed New York State Professional Engineer or Architect.  New Homes under 1500 sq. ft. may require plans prepared by a Licensed New York State Professional Engineer or Architect.  This will be at the discretion of the Codes Official.  In addition, alterations or additions may require Design Professional plans.  Again, this will be at the discretion of the Codes Official.

5.  Certification of all trusses used in construction must be furnished to this Office.

6.  For homes serviced by a Septic System, a New York State Licensed Engineer or Architect must perform a percolation test and design the appropriate septic system.  A copy of this plan must be furnished to the Codes Official prior to construction of the building or installation of the system.  In addition, in order to receive a Certificate of Compliance, the Codes Official must inspect the complete septic installation and take photos of all components of the system before any backfilling takes place.

7.  The total true cost of the completed project must be entered on the application.

8.  The appropriate fee must be furnished to the Office before the permit will be issued.

9.  The Contractor's name (DBA), address, phone number, and a copy of his Workman's Compensation and Liability Insurance Policy must be presented to the Office before a permit will be issued.



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