Building Department

Effective 9/28/20

Due to the status of COVID-19 in our area, the Building Department is serving the public as follows:


9:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Permit applications must be checked-in with a Building Inspector and an appointment is required.  NO DROP-OFFS.
  • Questions and consultation with a Building Inspector require an appointment.
  • Permit applications and materials can also be submitted via US Mail.  Primary contact email address must be included on the application.
  • Inspections can be requested through our online form or
    via email to or
    by calling 518.587.3550 x2511.  NO INSPECTION SCHEDULING AT COUNTER.
  • Submit requests for property records (COs, permits, violations). They will be processed as soon as possible, within the limitations of staff workloads.
    NOTE:  the majority of property files are no longer onsite and cannot be viewed at the counter.

The Counter is open for limited pick-ups and drop-offs.

  • Pick-ups:  Permits, COs (only when notified by an inspector)
  • Drop-offs:  Payments, insurance, plan revisions 

All applications and plans will be checked for completeness, including code and zoning compliance.  


Building permit applications for projects requiring Land Use Board review will only be accepted after the Notice of Decision is issued with an approval.

Residential permit applications must now include a completed Zoning Compliance Chart


The Building Department reviews plans, issues permits and provides inspections for the following types of construction:

  • Blasting and demolition activities
  • Commercial buildings
  • New constructions, alterations, repair, renovations, reconstruction, building relocation, and changes in occupancy
  • Plumbing installations, septic systems
  • Signs, swimming pools, sheds, decks
  • Single and multi-family residences and additions

Each of these activities requires submission of an application, fee, appropriate plans and issuance of a permit prior to any construction. During construction, periodic inspections are required to ensure compliance with the recently adopted family of New York State Building Codes as well as local zoning regulation.

In addition, the Building Department provides assistance to the city's Zoning Board of Appeals and Design Review Commission as necessary.


Each re-opening business must have a written Safety Plan.  A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan. 

The Building Department will ask you to send in a copy of your Safety Plan before issuing a permit or scheduling an inspection.  

Effective May 12, 2020 the NYS Uniform Code and NYS Energy Code will be updated to the 2020 version.

The State has provided NO transition period for this code change.  
The effective date will not change as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.  

Applications postmarked or accepted on or after May 12, 2020 must comply with the 2020 NYS Code books.   Incomplete or inadequate applications will cause delays.

For more information, please visit the Department of State website: