When do I need a permit?

New York State and Town of Horseheads laws mandate when a permit is required. The following is to use as a guideline.


  • New construction of homes, garages, and carports
  • Addition and alterations of buildings
  • Storage buildings 120square feet and over, including prefabricated buildings delivered to the site
  • Decks and porches
  • Enclosing porches, decks
  • Extending roofs over decks and porches
  • Rebuilding and structural renovations
  • Swimming pools above and in-ground including decks around pools - Installation of woodstoves, fireplaces, and chimneys
  • Demolition and removal of buildings


  • New construction
  • Most improvements, alterations, enlargements, repairs, and changes of tenants
  • Signs, including temporary signs
  • Change of Occupancy

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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?