What is zoning?

Zoning regulates the use of land within its boundaries. The zoning regulations have different zoning districts with each district having different permitted uses and requirements. The purpose is to:

  • Promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the community
  • Reduce congestion on the streets and highways
  • Ensure safety from fire, panic, and other dangers
  • Provide adequate light and air
  • Prevent overcrowding of land and avoid undue concentration of population
  • Establish zones wherein regulations concerning the land and structures, the density of development, the size of yards, the percentage of lots that may be occupied and the provisions of parking will be set forth to encourage the most appropriate development

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1. What are the Code Enforcement Office hours?
2. I am moving my business to a new location in the Town of Horseheads. What approvals do I need from the Town of Horseheads?
3. Does the Town of Horseheads conduct Fire Inspections in commercial buildings?
4. Are Carbon Monoxide Alarms required in all dwelling units and commercial buildings?
5. Do I need a Building Permit for re roofing and shingle replacement?
6. Can open flame cooking devices, such as LPG-fueled grills and charcoal burners be used on balconies or decks in apartment buildings?
7. Are smoke detectors required in existing residential buildings?
8. Can I place a temporary sign in front of my business?
9. Can I place a mobile home or double wide trailer in the town?
10. Can I conduct door to door sales?
11. Can I have an unlicensed vehicle on my property?
12. Are there standards for premises identification?
13. Can I erect an open sided canopy on my property?
14. Can I have a camp fire?
15. Is open burning allowed?
16. What is zoning?
17. When do I not need a permit?
18. When do I need a permit?
19. How do I apply for a job with the town?
20. How do we obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for permit?
21. Do electrical installations need to be inspected?
22. What type of building permit inspections are required?
23. How long is a building permit good for?
24. How long does it take to obtain a building permit?