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 an 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 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 approval of the Historic District Board.
Typically, in additional 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.
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