Buildings and Codes Enforcement
The Town of Queensbury requires ALL contractors to submit COI/WC documentation. If you are a sole proprietor you will need to submit a NYS Exemption form which can be found by following this link: How to Obtain a Certificate of Exemption.
The Building & Codes office is responsible for review and issuance of building permits in compliance with the New York State versions of the International Codes as well as enforcement of the Towns local laws and ordinances. Annually, we review about 900 building permit submissions that are associated with plans comprising of, on average, $50 million. Our Code Enforcement Officers’ focus is on compliance with the NYS Building Code while we perform approximately 6000 on-site inspections of projects under construction per year.
We regulate the licensing of manufactured home communities, junkyards and the local flood damage protection law. In addition, we respond to complaints regarding suspected violations of the NYS Building Codes as well as construction without a building permit, unfit living conditions, uncontrolled junk, disposal of garbage and refuse, short term rentals, new and replacement septic system inspections, property transfer septic inspections and other quality of life violations.
The Queensbury Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for plan review based on the NYS Fire and Building Codes, as well as annual and periodic inspections of over 1200 commercial facilities, churches and schools located within the Town. Regular and timely inspections by the Code Enforcement Officers and Fire Marshals help provide a measure of safety to our residents and consumers by ensuring the minimum code requirements are met & maintained during construction. The code requirements include but, are not limited to maintaining operable, easily accessible fire extinguishers, keeping paths of exits clear and unobstructed as well as provisions for working exit signs and emergency lighting.
While the Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Marshal are not formally affiliated with the Town’s five volunteer fire companies they regularly communicate share information and technical assistance with each other. Fire prevention education of local school children also gives our Fire Marshals and fire companies a way to work together to help our community.
The Town of Queensbury’s incidences of fire loss is measurably lower in comparison to similar communities. Our adherance to NYS Fire and Building Codes, regular inspections of commercial occupancies and fire prevention education help to maintain this level of safety.
Please contact the Town’s Building & Code Enforcement Office for more information about Queensbury building codes.