The Building Inspector will determine what is needed for each inspection and will let you know what can be done to proceed.
The following inspections can be approved via Facetime (if you have the capability): Footings/piers, foundation wall pre-pour, backfill, sump line, insulation.
Framing, plumbing, mechanical inspections must either be postponed until we re-open OR can be certified by the design professional who stamped the approved plans. This can be done through an inspection report which includes pictures. This report can be emailed. A report from the design professional can be used for any inspection, including the ones indicated in #2.
The Department of Public Works has suspended all water meter handouts, thus making it impossible for us to issue even a temporary Certificate of Occupancy (CO) on a new house (unless there is already one installed). As soon as that is back to being operational we can issue temporary COs.
Additions/alterations that had stamped plans submitted can receive a temporary CO as long as we receive the report from the design professional.
Electronic copies of permit applications can be accepted. We will do our best to review these in a timely manner, but plan on review taking 3 to 4 weeks at this point.
If approved, you will be provided with an invoice via email in the form of a PDF. You will need to mail a check to the Town Hall (Receiver of Taxes, 445 Delaware Ave, Delmar) or drop off the payment at the gray drop box in the Town Hall parking lot in a sealed envelope. Both ways, you will need to include the invoice so the Receiver of Taxes knows which permit to which it should be applied.
Once payment is processed, the approved building permit can be emailed or mailed and proceed with the inspection process above.
We cannot approve permits for new houses, as the Department of Public Works is halting grading reviews and water/sewer permit approvals. We will accept the applications and start to process them, but cannot approve them.
The building inspector is responsible for routine inspections, residential and business construction, and general fire safety. Contact the Building Department for:
Information on new buildings or building lots
Building alterations or additions
Building and fire code information
Disabled access requirements
Enforcement of town codes
Town Zoning Ordinances and maps
Swimming pool installation
Sheds and detached garages
Decks and fences
Per Section 128-82 of the Town Zoning Code, no person shall alter or add to any existing structure, or construct a new structure or part thereof, nor change the use of any building without a valid zoning and building permit issued by the building inspector.