The Village of West Haverstraw

Building Department

Building Department FAQs

What do I need a building permit for?

You will need a building permit for any new building, addition, alteration, repair, removal or demolition to your home. This includes pools, hot tubs, sheds (over 144 sq. feet), fences, or anything that has to conform with the NYS Building & Fire Code and Energy Code. Permits are also required for Grading, Excavating, and Solid Fuel Burning Heating Appliances

What don’t I need a building permit for?

Replacement windows (must be the same size as original window) and replacing the roof shingles (if you need to repair the roof slats/boards, you will need a permit.)

What paperwork will I need?

1 (one) completed Building Permit Application.
For additions (including decks), sheds, pools, & fences we require 3 copies of your survey with the new item drawn to scale on the survey.
3 sets of plans (drawn to scale) for new buildings, additions, alterations, repairs, removal, and demolitions.
Contractor’s county license and certificate of insurance.
Plumber’s/electrician’s county license and certificate of insurance.
A copy of the contract/proposal between the homeowner & the contractor.
If you are performing the work yourself, you will need to complete an insurance waiver form and provide us with your homeowners’ insurance information.
Pools – pump information, alarm information, electricians county license & insurance.
Fences – property survey (showing the new fence or the fence being replaced), dimensions and type of fence, installer’s county license and certificate of insurance.

How much will it cost?

The cost of the building permit is based on the cost of work being done
The C.O. fee is $115.00
All fees are due when the building permit has been approved and is ready to be picked up.

How long will it take to get my building permit approved?

If all paperwork is attached to the application, the building inspector will review the submitted paperwork and will give approval within 7 business days.

How long is a building permit good for?

A building permit is good for 2 years. If the work is not completed within 2 years, you can apply for an extension.