Building Permits & Fee Schedule

Payment
Payment must be in the form of cash or check, checks made payable to Town of Bethlehem. If you know your permit number, you may go directly to the Tax Department to make payment otherwise, go to the Building Division first, to obtain your permit number. After payment is made at the first floor Tax Department window, you may come upstairs with your receipt to pick up your permit.

Building Permits
Please note that permits must be obtained prior to the start of any work.  Also, please do not send any payment with application.

For roof or fence work, a corresponding Roof / Fence Application Statement of Compliance must be submitted along with a Building Permit Application .

Fee Schedule
  
New Single and Two-Family Dwelling Permits
Calculated Value of Proposed Work
(values rounded up to nearest thousand)
Fee
$0 - $1,000 $50
Over $1,000 up to and including $200,000 $50 for first $1,000
plus
$2 per thousand over $1,000
Over $200,000 $50 for first $1,000
plus
$2 per thousand over $1,000
up to and including $200,000
plus
$3 per thousand over $200,000

Example 1
If the calculated value of the work is $200,000, the fee would be $448.
$50 for first $1,000     $50
$2 per thousand over $1,000 200,000 - 1,000 = 199,000 199 x $2 $398
      $448

Example 2
If the calculated value of the work is $300,000, the fee would be $748.
$50 for first $1,000     $50
$2 per thousand over $1,000 200,000 - 1,000 = 199,000 199 x $2 $398
$3 per thousand over $200,000 300,000 - 200,000 = 100,000 100 x $3 $300
      $748

Other Residential Building Permits
This category includes building permits for sheds, decks, pools, roofs, fences, porches, additions, and alterations.
Calculated Value of Proposed Work
(values rounded up to nearest thousand)
Fee
$0 - $1,000 $50
Over $1,000 $50 for first $1,000
plus
$4 per thousand over $1,000

Commercial and Industrial Permits
This category includes building permits for new buildings, additions, alterations, tenant fit ups, and signs.
Calculated Value of Proposed Work
(values rounded up to nearest thousand)
Fee
$0 - $1,000 $50
Over $1,000 $50 for first $1,000
plus
$10 per thousand over $1,000

Fire Inspections

 Schools
 Type of Inspection Fee
Public School Inspections $50 per book (NYS Education Department)
Private School Inspections $50 per book (NYS Education Department)

Multiple Dwellings
 Number of Units Fee
3 - 10 Units $30.00
11 - 20 Units $40.00
21 - 30 Units $50.00
31 - 50 Units $2.00/unit
51 - 100 Units $1.75/unit
101+ Units $1.50/unit

Business & Mercantile
 Area Fee
Per tenant up to 2,500 square feet $30.00
Per each additional 1,000 square feet $1.75

Industrial & Storage
Area  Fee 
Per tenant up to 5,000 square feet $40.00
Per each additional 1,000 square feet $1.75

Not to exceed $200.00

Assembly Spaces
Occupants per Tenant  Fee
1 - 50 $30.00
51 - 99 $40.00
100 - 300 $40.00 + $30.00
301 - 1000 $65.00 + $30.00
1000+ $90.00 + $30.00

Not to exceed $225.00

Institutional
 Area Fee
Per tenant up to 2,500 square feet $40.00
Per each additional 1,000 square feet $1.75