Code Enforcement/Building Inspector Office.

Code Enforcement/Building Inspector Office    

Nick Nolton (607) 968-5175   or send email to

The building season is upon us. Most small projects do not require a building permit, but if the project involves structural changes, installation of a new heating system, or even replacing a roof, a permit is required. It is best to contact the Code Officer to determine if your project will need a permit, before you start. Permits are not required for the following:

  1. Construction or installation of one story detached structures associated with one or two family dwelling or multiple single-family dwelling (townhouse), which are used for tool and storage shed, playhouses, or similar uses, provided the gross floor area does not exceed 144 sq ft.
  2. Installation of swings and other playground equipment associated with one or two family dwelling or multiple single family dwellings (townhouses).
  3. Installation of swimming pools associated with a one or two family dwelling or multiple single family dwellings (townhouses) where such pools are designed for a water depth of less than 24 inches, and are installed entirely above ground.
  4. Construction of retaining walls unless such walls support a surcharge or impound Class I, II or IIIA liquids or are more than 4ft in height
  5. Construction of temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery
  6. Installation of awnings supported by an exterior wall of a one or two family dwelling or multiple single family dwellings (townhouses)
  7. Installation of partitions or movable cases less than 5’9” in height
  8. Painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, or other similar finish work
  9. Installation of UL listed portable electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, or cooling equipment or appliances
  10. Replacement of any equipment provided it does not alter the equipment’s listing, or render it inconsistent with the equipment’s original specifications.
  11. Repairs, provided that such repairs do not involve (i) the removal or cutting away of a load bearing wall, partition, or portion thereof, or of any structural beam or load bearing component; (ii) the removal or change of any required means of egress, or the rearrangement of parts of a structure in a manner which effects egress; (iii) the enlargement, alteration, replacement, or relocation of any building system; or (iv) the removal from service of all or part of a fire protection system for any period of time

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Please contact the Code Officer directly with questions at (607) 968-5175, or email to

The Code Officer does not have regularly scheduled office hours. Please contact Officer Nolton at the contact options posted.