Many homeowners – and some contractors – are not always aware of the numerous code requirements and regulations that pertain to their particular location and project. This can lead to your project being shut down until you meet all requirements set forth by your particular governing body.

You MUST do your research EARLY to determine if there are any constraints to the project you are planning. At Redbud, we get all the relevant information before we design so we can anticipate how long the permit process may take.  Some plans go straight to Building permit, others must go through Planning, then Zoning, over to Variance, back to Planning, then to Building for the final permit.  Property location has a huge impact on this process.  Expect some of this with major renovations or additions to your home, but even in some areas a permit is required simply to cut down a tree in your own backyard!

There are so MANY different governing bodies that may have jurisdiction over your project. To name a few:

  • Building Department / Inspector
  • Planning and/ or Zoning Boards
  • Architectural Review Board
  • NYSDEC (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation)
  • APA (Adirondack Park Agency)
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Hudson River Black River Authority (recently abolished and powers to be transferred to NY Power Authority