Building Permit Application, Instructions & Fees



A Building Permit will be issued when the application is submitted along with the required supporting documents and the proposed work conforms to the requirements of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the Town of Onondaga Zoning Law and Regulations. The authority conferred with the permit may be limited by conditions. The Codes Enforcement Office must be notified of any changes to information contained in the application during the period for which the permit is in effect.

The following information must be submitted at the time of application:

1. One (1) copy of the application

2. One (1) copy of an up-to-date lot Survey, certified by a licensed NYS Land Surveyor, showing locations of lot and buildings on the premises, and relationship to adjoining premises and public streets

3. One (1) set of plans and specifications describing the proposed work, in accordance with the State Education Law, Section 7307 and 7209. The original seal and signature of a licensed and registered NYS Architect or Professional Engineer must be affixed to all plans except where good cause is shown and if the construction is under 1500-square-feet and the construction cost is less than $20,000

4. If the permit is for installation of a Solid Fuel Burning Appliance, the manufacturer's installation specifications must be submitted at the time of application.

5. One (1) Certificate of Insurance with the Town of Onondaga as a Certificate Holder, listing Worker’s Compensation and NYS Disability benefits, if wages are to be paid to anyone working on the project.

6. One (1) copy of Proof of Ownership (i.e. Deed, or a copy of a Tax Receipt)

7. Driveway Permit

8. Septic Approval

9. Application Fee by check or cash as noted in the chart below. (Make checks payable to: Town of Onondaga.) 

                                  BUILDING & CODES FEES & FINES

                                  Building Permit Application: $50 - Includes first $1,000 of construction

                                  Building Permit: $5 per every $1,000 of construction over $1,000

                                  Building Without a Permit: $100

                                  Demolition: $65

                                  Pool Permits: $25 Inflatable | $50 Above Ground or Hot Tub | $100 In-Ground

                                  Fire Inspections: $50 - Up to 10,000 square feet | $100 - Over 10,000 square feet


10. It is the responsibility of the applicant to schedule inspections with the Codes Enforcement Office 24 hours in advance as required for the following:

A. Footer

B. Framing

C. Foundation

D. Solid Fuel Burning Appliance  

E. Insulation

F. Final Inspection         

All of the above shall be submitted to the Building & Codes Office. Undertaking activity that requires a building permit prior to obtaining such permit is a crime. (Class A Misdemeanor)


Town of Onondaga Master Plan: Master Plan updated 2017.pdf

General Information
Dog Nuisance/Cruelty Reports:
Town-authorized Electrical Inspectors:
Commonwealth Electrical Inspection Service, Inc.,
Middle Inspection Agency,
The Inspector,
Timothy Willsey
CNY Electrical Inspection Service,
Larry Kinne
Upstate Electrical Inspection Agency,
Aaron Bellows, Scott Bellows
Sewer Maintenance:
Plumbing Control:
County Septic Division: