Permit Procedures

When Do I Need a Building Permit?

Over Roslyn’s 70 plus years as an Incorporated Village, it’s elected officials have written, modified and added Codes or Zoning laws that regulate what can be done to buildings and land in the Village.

The purpose of these Codes is to preserve the character and integrity of Roslyn, particularly accommodating many of the Village’s special characteristics like a Historic District, steep hills and its waterfront. The codes also establish quality and safety standards, as well as inspection procedures, designed to protect well being and rights of all residents.

When Do I Need a Permit?

Most home improvements and alterations in Roslyn require a permit. So the answer is almost always. There are exceptions that usually relate to the maintenance and upkeep of the property. If you are not sure if a project requires a permit, contact the Building Department at 516 621 1961 for guidance.

In some instances, the permit application may need to be reviewed by the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals for approval. Additionally, Roslyn has an area of the Village designated as a Historic District. Any type of work on the exterior of any structure in the Historic District requires the approval of the Historic District Board.

Typically, in addition to major construction, the following are some instances that require a permit; fences, wall, decks, patios, central AC, converting basements and attics to finished space, adding a bathroom, excavation, and grading, changing curb cuts and driveways, plumbing, heating conversions, and generators.

The procedure for obtaining a permit and final certificate need not be difficult. If you have questions, call the Village Hall and speak with the Building Inspector.

Applicable Regulations

  • Roslyn Village Code
  • Roslyn Zoning Code
  • NY State Building Code
  • NY State Plumbing Code
  • NY State Fire Code
  • NY State Energy Code
  • NY State Mechanical Code
  • NY State Fuel Gas Code
  • Depending on the type and extent of the work to be done, some or all of these codes may be applicable. While smaller projects can be handled by a property owner, larger projects may require a licensed architect or engineer.

Procedures to Follow After a Permit is Issued

  • The Permit or Permit Card must be conspicuously posted at the worksite before beginning work.
  • The Building Department must be notified 48 hours in advance of commencing work.
  • A copy of plans approved by the Inspector must be kept available on the worksite.
  • Changes, regardless of size, must be submitted to the Inspector and approved before they can be made.
  • There are up to 12 or more required inspections for a new building and as many as apply to alterations and additions.
  • Footings must be inspected before concrete is poured, then framing, insulation and final. 
  • Each stage of work must remain visible for inspection by a Village Inspector.
  • Uninspected work that is covered, enclosed, or buried must be reopened for inspection.
  • A permit is good for one year but, with extensions not more than two years.
  • A Certificate of Occupancy or Completion is required within thirty days of completion.
  • The owner is held responsible for securing a Certificate of Occupancy or Completion.
  • Do not use or occupy the constructed area without a Certificate of Occupancy or Completion. 
  • An Electrical Certificate will be required if electrical work is involved.
  • An updated survey may be required to secure a Certificate of Occupancy.