Code Enforcement

This department enforces the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Codes and the Washington County Sanitary Code, Local Law No. 1 of 1988.

***OPERATIONAL UPDATES DUE TO COVID-19***
Our office is once-again open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but please note, office consultations are now by appointment only.  Thank you all for your patience during these unusual times.
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Department Responsibilities


  • Investigate reports regarding any issues of noncompliance with either the Uniform Codes or Sanitary Code and issue stop work orders and/or order to remedy violations.
  • Issue certificates of occupancy and/or certificates of compliance when compliance with the Uniform Codes and/or Sanitary Code has been fulfilled.
  • Perform fire prevention inspections of business and schools as required by the Uniform Codes.
  • Perform onsite inspections during various stages of construction.
  • Perform property maintenance inspections by request of homeowners and/or tenants.
  • Review plans and issue permits for all work that must conform to the Uniform Codes and the Washington County Sanitary Code.

Emergency Availability


Code Enforcement personnel are available 24 hours a day to report to the scene of an emergency involving structural damage to a building by fire, flood, etc., and for inspections of fuel burning heating appliances, chimneys and/or gas vents that are the primary and only source of heat that has experienced an uncontrolled fire and/or malfunction. If the heating device is not the only source of heat then inspection will be done during normal working hours of the next business day.