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The City of Mount Vernon enforces the Mount Vernon Zoning Ordinance, the Municipal Codes of the City of Mount Vernon and the Codes of New York State. Currently, New York State uses the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and has allowed the property owner to use either the current or the new code. It is worth noting that the codes that are enforced by the Department are minimum standards that have been adopted to protect you and your interests.
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A tank can be abandoned in place, provided that a permit is issued by the Department of Buildings, Fire Department, and work is done by an N.Y.S. Environmental Contractor.
No. Not until the permit is approved and posted in public view. Doing work without a permit will result in a violation and penalty fees.
Yes. When in doubt, ask! Call the Department of Buildings at 914-665-2484. A professional member of the Department will discuss your plans with you and answer all of your questions.
Yes. Products of combustion need to be disposed of properly. Combustion air is a requirement. Along with proper backflow prevention on the domestic water connection, as per N.Y.S. Plumbing Code.
All complaints may remain anonymous unless it pertains to your individual dwelling unit. In such case, you will be required to give your name, address and number, along with your apartment/floor number, name of landlord, address and phone number, a detailed description of your complaint and be available at an appointed time to allow the Inspector access.
File an application and follow given instructions with each application type. Applications can be found on the Building Department page.
A permit is valid for one year as long as insurances are current (liability, disability, workers compensation).
Permits are issued timely, dependent on the scope of work and completeness of application and construction documents submitted.
Only two layers allowed on any structure before complete removal of all layers, not limited to one or two-family dwellings.
A permit costs $80 for the application fee, plus $6 per $1,000 of the estimated cost. View the fee schedule (PDF) for additional information.
Provide necessary and accurate documentation certified by licensed professionals and show compliance to all appropriate codes.
File a building permit for a conversion with professional construction documents.
Yes. You must provide a survey of your property showing your property lines and pictures of adjacent two properties.
The wall sign is reviewed under a different zoning code.
Permits are on record of being issued since the late 1880s.
Yes. There are several requirements that the Zoning Ordinance contains that must be adhered to. Some of these requirements are:
Please contact the Department of Buildings at 914-665-8484 for assistance or further questions.
Yes. The Zoning Ordinance and the Codes of New York State have setback requirements. Sheds more than 60 square feet in size require professionally drawn plans.
See our zoning map on the website or call the Department of Buildings at 914-665-2484.
Come into the Department of Buildings, fill out a request form for the address and lot of the property which you are looking for and the file (if one exists) will be pulled for you to review and see if these documents exist in the file. You can request a copy of the documents, which you find in our file, with a freedom of information request.
No. As long as the seals of the traps are not altered or disturbed a plumbing permit is not necessary. Once a seal of the traps is altered or disturbed, this constitutes a plumbing permit!
Yes. The fact that hot and cold domestic (potable) water pipes are being altered. The same for natural gas pipe, and most importantly, the products of combustion are disposed of properly to the chimney! If not done to code this could be dangerous!
Yes. A deck is a structural system that must be evaluated for compliance with the City of Mount Vernon Zoning Ordinance and the Codes of New York State.
Yes, but there are certain requirements that the Zoning Ordinance has which could affect where and how big you can build. You should definitely contact the Department of Buildings on 914-665-2484 for more information.
You can call the Department of Building at 914-665-2484 or come in person, Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm to file a complaint. An inspector will contact you to make an appointment to validate your complaint. if the complaint is valid a violation can be issued to the owner. The Department does not interfere with any rent issues between landlord and tenant.
You can call the Department of Building at 914-665-2484 or come in person Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm to file a complaint. An inspector will contact you to make an appointment to validate your complaint by taking a temperature reading. If the temperature is below 68 degrees Fahrenheit, the complaint is valid and a violation can be issued to the owner.
This answer would depend on who made the complaint. Our biggest ally in all issues in this department is the Law Department. Any difficulties can be brought to the attention of the city attorney who represents this department.
A Certificate of Occupancy certifies that a building premise may be occupied in accordance with codes for the use specified in the Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.).
Come into the Department of Buildings with your block and lot number(s) and review our file to see if a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) and/or floor plans are there. If you do not find a C.O. then you will be required to file an application for one. View the Certificate of Occupancy Application (PDF).
If floorplans exist in your file, then you only need to provide us with a copy of your survey along with the application and we will make an appointment to come and check your home. If floor plans do not exist in your file, then you will be required to provide the Department with plans drawn to architectural standards showing the occupancy of each room/space. If work was done with permits and does not agree with the City’s records, then you will be required to legalized the work done by applying for a building permit.
The filing fee for a “Certificate of Occupancy” application shall be:
A survey is a plan that shows the legal boundaries of a plot with all its improvements and its amenities.
A task force inspection is a building-wide inspection conducted by the Department of Building’s housing, building, plumbing and electrical inspectors and the Fire Department to assure that all multiple dwellings in the City of Mount Vernon meet state, city and fire code requirements.
A vacancy inspection is an inspection of a vacant apartment required by the City of Mount Vernon to assure that all rental units meet city and state property maintenance codes and as well as to avoid the rental of illegal units.
A deck is elevated above the surrounding grade and is structural in nature.
A patio is fully supported by/in contact with the ground. A patio is placed on the surface of the ground.
The highest amount assessed so far for a Building Code Violation was in 2003 in the amount of $160,500.
The Department of Buildings is located at:City Hall1 Roosevelt SquareRoom 210Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Our hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Our main number is 914-665-2484. Our staff will gladly direct you to a professional staff person who can further assist you.
The owner is ultimately responsible to obtain a permit. The owner may designate a contractor to file for a permit on his behalf after the owner has signed and the letter is notarized.
You can only park vehicles in residential property zones. All vehicles must be registered and in working order.
There is documentation and information that must be submitted with each application before it can be accepted by the building department front desk staff. Once the application has been accepted and the fee paid, the application along with all required documentation is prepared for the Plans Examiner to review in the order in which it is received. The more accurate your submission, the faster the permit may be issued.
The Department of Buildings does not require you to file for a Certificate of Occupancy unless you have done major work. Also, change of use since the house was built.
It is the state law. Having your Plumber and/or Electrician file with the Department of Buildings is necessary to ensure that they are licensed to perform work in Westchester County. When they file an application they are required to provide a copy of their license from the Department of Consumer Protection, Licensing Division in White Plains, and proof of insurance.
You need these to protect you as a homeowner and to comply with zoning codes and building codes.
The Department of Buildings is charged with the responsibility of protecting your health, safety and welfare. The Department issues building permits and inspects the work performed to ensure that it is done correctly and that no injury will result to you the owner/occupant/visitor of the premises. Can you imagine what would happen if someone did work on a house that you later bought and it was not structurally sound? Unfortunately, many people try to do that every day.
If it was not for the banks and the title companies checking the files in the Department of Buildings prior to a closing taking place on home sales/refinancing requiring that you have a certificate of occupancy for all work that has been done to the property then you may end up with a home that has a deck that could fall down, or some other disastrous event, even a fire. The house that you own is the biggest investment of your life and you deserve to have this investment compliant with the Codes of the City of Mount Vernon and New York State.
Plans identify structural, aesthetic, fire safety, and code compliances, and are required to maintain legal records.
You need to file for a permit to ensure that a fence is erected on your property and in code compliances.
This is to comply with the City of Mount Vernon Zoning Code.
Compliance with code is necessary for all citizens. This is the only method to assure home improvements are done correctly.
The City of Mount Vernon must be the additional insurer so that it is not liable for any accidents occurring during the life of the permit.