The Building Department is responsible for issuing the required building permits, and to check that the design and execution of construction work meets the requirements of the Building Code of N.Y. State. Upon completion, the appropriate Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. To clarify some common misconceptions, building permits are required for any construction, including finished basements, pools (both in-ground and above ground), sheds over 144 square feet, and fences. Sheds that are smaller than 144 square feet are still subject to location, setback, and spacing requirements as set forth in the Village Zoning Code. All completed work must be covered by a Certificate of Occupancy. The potential sale or refinancing of your property may be stopped due to the lack of an appropriate Certificate of Occupancy. If you have any questions or concerns, we are available to review your property files with you.
Along with issuing building permits, the Building Department is responsible for conducting violation searches. A violation search is often done at the request of a Title Company in response to refinancing or sale of a home. The Building Department records are checked against the property to verify that no work has been done without the required building permit. Additionally, we check various items at the property including smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire separation between the garage and living space, boiler and water heater pressure relief discharge pipes, swimming pool safety barrier requirements, deck railings and guards. We also inspect the overall condition and maintenance of the property. Following a satisfactory violation search, the Building Department will issue a "no violation" letter, and provide copies of Certificates of Occupancy.
Building Permit Applications:
Accessory Structures (pool, shed, fireplace, stove, outdoor furnace)
Info Packet - Fireplace/Stoves/Outdoor Furnace
Info Packet - Above/In-Ground Pool
Alterations/Roof/Windows/Oil Tank/Demolition/Solar Energy
Garage – Attached/Detached
Existing Structure/Alteration/Renovation (done w/o permit)
Well & Sewage Disposal Facilities
Conversion to Gas
All Applications MUST Include:
1. Contractor's Liability Insurance & Worker's Compensation
2. Electrician's Orange County License - if applicable
Homeowner is Contractor:
Must submit Worker's Compensation Waiver form available at the Worker's Compensation Board website.
Zoning Board of Appeals
Application - Subdivision / Site Plan / Conditional Use
It is recommended that all applicants to the Planning Board attend an informal Workshop every month. Call 782-2605 to schedule an appointment. Building permits are generally issued 5 to 10 business days after all required paperwork and information has been submitted.
Please be advised:
If the Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer must return to a property a third time for the same type of inspection because the first two inspections failed or the work was not ready/done, there will be a $100.00 charge for each additional time the Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer must return to do repeat inspections.
Village of South Blooming Grove code: related to Building permits.
All Building permits shall expire 12 months after the date of issuance. A building permit which has become invalid or which has expired pursuant to this subsection may be renewed upon application by the permit holder, payment of the applicable fee, and approval of the application by the Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer.
If approved by the Building Inspector / Code Enforcement Officer, a permit can be extended one time only for one more year and half of original permit fee. Please be advised that it is the applicant’s/home owner’s/contractor’s responsibility to schedule inspections (24 hour notice required), call this office to find out if the inspection was approved/denied and submit final paperwork to close out the permit. There will be a $125.00 fee to close out an expired permit.
A permit is not required, cannot exceed 6 feet in height can be placed on property line (must consider Village easement(s) and traffic sight distance). If stockade style, finished side must face out.
Many residents have purchased inflatable/quick-set swimming pools as a low cost alternative to an above-ground pool. The use of these pools violates NYS Codes unless certain requirements are met. The State requirements are as follows:
1. Above-ground pools, including inflatable/storable pools, must be enclosed within a 4 foot high fence if the pool is capable of holding 24 inches or more of water.
NOTE: Traditional above-ground pools with solid walls at least 48 inches above grade are exempt from the fencing requirement if the pool ladder is removable or lockable.
2. Access gates on required pool enclosures must be self-closing and self-latching.
3. The pool’s pump must be UL listed and plugged into a GFCI outlet.
4. A NYS approved pool alarm must be installed.
5. In addition, the Village of South Blooming Grove zoning laws requires that you:
1. Obtain a pool permit.
2. The pool must be placed a minimum of ten feet from side & rear property lines, a minimum of 15 feet from the house and is not permitted in the front yard.
3. Electrical inspection & a Certificate of Compliance are required prior to use.
As of February 22, 2010, Amanda's Law has been adopted by the State of New York. This updated law governs and mandates the use of Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms in the home.
NEW YORK STATE FIRE CODE section 611.3.4 requires that in existing buildings and structures: one and two Family dwellings, multiple single family dwellings (townhouses), and buildings owned as a condominium or cooperative and containing dwelling accommodations. A carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed within each dwelling unit or sleeping unit on the lowest story having a sleeping area.
Carbon monoxide alarms shall be listed and labeled as complying with UL 2034 or CAN/CSA 6.19, and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacture's installation instructions.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is defined as: a colorless, odorless, tasteless, poisonous gas which is highly toxic to humans and animals.
Carbon Monoxide sources include:
a. Any fuel- burning appliance that is malfunctioning or improperly installed.
b. Furnaces, gas range/ stove, gas clothes dryer, water heater, portable fuel-burning space heaters, fireplaces, generators and wood burning stoves.
c. Vehicles, generators and other combustion engines running in attached garages.
d. Blocked chimney or flue.
e. Cracked or loose furnace exchanger.
f. Back drafting and changes in air pressure.
g. Operating a grill in an enclosed area.
Effects of Carbon Monoxide (CO) exposure are:
a. Common Mild Exposure- Slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, flu-like symptoms.
b. Common Medium Exposure- Throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, fast heart rate.
c. Common Extreme Exposure- Convulsions, unconsciousness, brain damage, heart and lung failure followed by death.
d. If you experience even mild CO poisoning symptoms, immediately consult a physician
If your CO alarm goes off, you need to get everyone out of the house into fresh air and call 911 from a neighbors house.
Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. A CO alarm will save you and your family's life.