Documents, Forms & Fees

Applications may be picked up at the Department of Buildings between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:00 pm Monday through Wednesday. You may email a request to have these forms emailed to you or call 914-665-2483. Be sure to specify the type and the number of forms you need. Use original forms issued by the Department of Buildings for filing. No photocopies or facsimiles will be accepted. Form of payment bank checks or money orders ONLY.

Until further notice the Department of Buildings will only have in-person visits between:

  • 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, Monday through Wednesday
  • Thursday by appointment only
  • Closed to the public on Friday


Building Permit Application

The application fee for a building permit (PDF) shall be as follows:

  • $100 filing fee
  • For all buildings, except existing one- and two-family dwellings, $10 for each $1,000 of estimated cost, permit fee.
  • For work on existing one- and two-family dwellings, $6 for each $1,000 of estimated cost, permit fee.

Additional documentation:

Roof Data Sheet (required for applications for roofing)

Insurance Samples

Authorization Form

Demolition Permit Application

The application fee for a demolition permit (PDF) shall be as follows:

  • $100 filing fee
  • $90 per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area of structure or building to be demolished.
  • $90.00 letter of completion fee

Electrical Permit Application

The application fee for an electrical permit (PDF) shall be as follows:

  • $100 filing fee
  • For all buildings, except existing one- and two-family dwellings, $9 for each $1,000 of estimated cost, permit fee.
  • For existing one- and two-family dwellings, $6 for each $1,000 of estimated cost, permit fee.
  • For all buildings, the fee to install new or additional electrical meters shall be $90 per meter, additional to the filing and permit fee.

Filing and permit fees must be paid simultaneously at the time of filing.

Equipment Permit Application

The application fee for an Equipment application shall be as follows:

  • $100 filing fee
  • For all buildings, except existing one- and two-family dwellings, $10 for each $1,000 of estimated cost, permit fee.
  • For work on existing one- and two-family dwellings, $6 for each $1,000 of estimated cost, permit fee.

Legalization Fee for Permits

The legalization fee is charged additionally to the filing and permit fees when the application is filed to legalize a structure or site where work has been performed without a permit, except that the filing and permit fee shall be omitted when no stop order or violation have been issued.

  • $1,500 per dwelling unit, for legalization of the work, other than electrical and plumbing work, performed to create a dwelling unit.
  • $500 for legalization of work under a building or equipment permit application for which construction documents prepared by a registered design professional is not required.
  • $1,000 for legalization of any other type of work.

The legalization fee for plumbing and/or electrical work performed without a permit in connection with the work to be legalized under a building, equipment, demolition or sign permit shall be paid additionally and simultaneously with the application fee of these aforesaid permits.

Letter of Completion

The filing fee for a letter of completion shall be $90 per permit number.


Sign Permit Application

The application fee for a sign permit (PDF) shall be as follows:

  • $200 for all types of signs except awnings, canopies, and ground signs.
  • $250 for awnings and canopies that bear advertising on no more than one side, plus $100 for each additional side that bears advertising.
  • $200 for street clock.
  • $200 for ground signs with advertising on one side, $400 for ground signs with advertising on two sides.
  • $500 per sign for an application to the Sign Board of Appeals, additional to the sign permit fee.

The permit fee for re-painting or re-facing an existing sign shall be the same as a new sign of the same type.

Temporary Construction

The application fee for temporary construction shall be:

  • $90 filing fee
  • $6 for each $1,000 of estimated cost.

Occupancy Signs

The filing fee for an occupancy sign shall be:

  • $100 per sign for the first 50 occupants, plus $ 30 for each additional 50 occupants.
  • $90 required yearly renewal per sign. Renewal must be requested by the applicant.
  • $75 late fee, additional to occupancy sign fee, for failure to request the required occupancy sign at least 30 days prior to the expiration of sign.

The premises will be subject to inspection prior to the issuance of a new or renewed occupancy sign.

Plumbing Permit

The application fee for a Plumbing application  shall be as follows:

  • $100 filing fee
  • For all buildings, except existing one- and two-family dwellings, $15 per fixture.
  • For work on existing one- and two-family dwellings, $10 per fixture.
  • Letter of completion $90.00 

Note: Each floor drain and appliance, including each boiler, requiring plumbing connections shall constitute one fixture.

  • $200 for sewer connection.
  • $200 for water connection.
  • $200 for the new gas line.
  • $15 per gas meter.

Reapportionment & Subdivision Application

The filing fee for an application for subdivision or reapportionment (PDF) shall be:

  • $90 per lot created and altered, filing fee
  • $500 per lot created and altered by the subdivision, subdivision fee
  • $500 per lot altered by the reapportionment, reapportionment fee
  • The subdivision or reapportionment fee may be paid after Zoning and/or Planning Board approvals when such approval(s) is (are) required

Re-Inspection Fee

The re-inspection fee for an inspection required for a granted permit shall be charged as follows:

  • $75 for the first re-inspection.
  • $100 for each subsequent re-inspection of the same type required inspection.

Re-Inspection Fee for Certificate of Occupancy

The re-inspection fee if the inspections fail and the premises must be re-inspected shall be:

  • Residential uses: $75 plus $20 per dwelling unit to be re-inspected.
  • Other uses: $90 per 5,000 square feet of non-residential use to be re-inspected.

Revision Fee for Permits

The revision fee shall be charged each time additional or revised documentation or construction documents are submitted for a pending, but current, permit application. The revision fee shall be charged for each submission of documentation and/or construction documents following the initial filing of an application.

The revision fee shall be:

  • $90 when construction documents, prepared by a registered design professional, are part of the submission
  • $50 otherwise, except for re-submission of the Contractor's Information Form, license and/or insurance certificates, which shall be exempt of charge

Vacant Apartment Inspection

The inspection fee for Vacant apartment application shall be $90 per apartment.

Amendment Application

The application fee for an Amendment Application shall be as follows:

  • $100 filing fee
  • For all buildings, except existing one- and two-family dwellings, $10 for each $1,000 of estimated cost above the original cost, permit fee
  • For work on existing one- and two-family dwellings, $6 for each $1,000 of estimated cost above the original cost, permit fee

Subdivision & Reapportionment - Planning Board

The filing fee for an application to the Planning Board for subdivision or reapportionment shall be:

  • $2,500 per lot created and altered by the subdivision.
  • $1,000 per lot altered by the reapportionment.

Site Plan Approval

The filing fee for an application to the Planning Board for site plan approval shall be:

  • $500, plus $20 per off-street parking and loading space provided at the premises.
  • $500 for an amendment to site plan approval to request an extension of time.
  • $500, plus $20 per off-street parking and loading spaces provided at the premises for an amendment to the site plan approval other than an extension of time.

Special Use Permit

The filing fee for an application to the Planning Board for a special use permit, except for wireless telecommunication facilities, shall be:

  • $500 for a Special Use Permit application.
  • $250 for an amendment to a Special Use Permit approval to request an extension of time.

Parking Fee

The parking fee shall be $10,000 for the first ten required off-street parking spaces that are not provided, and $20,000 for each required space above that, except that for residential use up to five-family dwelling, the parking fee shall be $20,000 per space that is not provided.

Landscaping Fee

The landscaping fee shall be $ 30 per square feet of impervious surface in excess of the permitted coverage.

Signs Annual Fee

The annual sign fee is only applicable to the following signs:

  • $500 per legally existing billboard.
  • $3 per square feet of any type of signs overhanging more than 12 inches over the City's right-of-way.

Dismissal of Violation

  • $90 per violation. Violation dismissal application
  • The letter of dismissal may only be requested once the violations have been corrected in accordance with codes and Department of Buildings procedures.

Search of Records & Copies:  Information Search Application  or Zoning Information Search

  • $90 for search of violations for one property. Copy of a violation shall be charged additionally.
  • $90 for search of Certificates of Occupancy and/or Tenancy and letter of completion for one property. Copy of a certificate shall be charged additionally.
  • $90 for search of permits and/or applications for one property. Copy of a permit or application shall be charged additionally.
  • $0.25 per page for photocopy of any documents, including copies of violations, certificates, or permits identified in a requested search.

Refunds

  • If an application for a permit is withdrawn prior to any official review, all but the filing fee of $90 shall be refunded.
  • If an application for a permit is withdrawn during the review process, an amount to be determined by the Commissioner, and commensurate with the review work already performed, shall be retained.
  • If an application for a permit is withdrawn after its approval, fees shall not be refundable.
  • If an application for a permit is dormant or abandoned for a period in excess of six months, it shall become void. Paid fees shall not be refundable.

Certificate of Occupancy & How to Get One

A Certificate of Occupancy (PDF) certifies a premises maybe occupied in accordance with codes for the use specified in the Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) 

Come into the Department of Buildings with your block and lot number(s) and review our file to see if a C.O. and/or floor plans are there. If you do not find a C.O. then you will be required to file an application for one. If floor plans exist in your file then you only need to provide us with a copy of your survey along with the application and we will make an appointment to come and check your home. If floor plans do not exists in your file then you will be required to provided the Department with plans drawn to architectural standards showing the occupancy of each room/space. If work was done with permits and does not agree with the City's records, then you will be required to legalized the work done by applying for a building permit.

The filing fee for a "Certificate of Occupancy" application shall be:

  • Residential use: $150, plus $ 50 per dwelling unit
  • Other uses: $300 per 5,000 square feet of gross floor area of non-residential use.

Conditional Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

The fee for each conditional temporary Certificate of Occupancy shall be the same as the fee for a final certificate, and shall be paid separately from the final certificate fee.

Any extension of time for a conditional temporary certificate of occupancy shall be charged $100.

Certificate of Tenancy & When It is Required

A certificate of tenancy is a certificate of occupancy for the Tenant space only. It certifies that the tenant space can be occupied in accordance with the use listed on the certificate and in compliance with applicable codes.

The filing fee for a Certificate of Tenancy application (PDF) for non-residential tenancies shall be:

  • $200 for up to 5,000 square feet of gross floor area, plus $50 for each additional 5,000 square feet.
  • $500 occupancy legalization fee shall be charged in addition to the filing fee for new non-residential tenancies occupying a space without first obtaining a Certificate of Tenancy.