From the Desk of the Building Inspector
With good weather and longer days approaching, it's a good time to plan ahead if you're thinking about a home improvement project or an addition. The Village Building Department will provide you with the building permit application and required forms. We also will assist you in reviewing your property survey and to check if the proposed work will fit within the Village Zoning guidelines. Surveys are kept at Village Hall, and are available for viewing after completing a Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.) request.
The Building Department is responsible for issuing the required building permits, and to check that the design and execution of construction work meets the requirements of the Building Code of N.Y. State. Upon completion, the appropriate Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. To clarify some common misconceptions, building permits are required for any construction, including finished basements, pools (both in-ground and above ground), sheds over 144 square feet, and fences. Sheds that are smaller than 144 square feet are still subject to location, setback, and spacing requirements as set forth in the Village Zoning Code. All completed work must be covered by a Certificate of Occupancy. The potential sale or refinancing of your property may be stopped due to the lack of an appropriate Certificate of Occupancy. If you have any questions or concerns, we are available to review your property files with you.
Along with issuing building permits, the Building Department is responsible for conducting violation searches. A violation search is often done at the request of a Title Company in response to refinancing or sale of a home. The Building Department records are checked against the property to verify that no work has been done without the required building permit. Additionally, we check various items at the property including smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire separation between the garage and living space, boiler and water heater pressure relief discharge pipes, swimming pool safety barrier requirements, deck railings and guards. We also inspect the overall condition and maintenance of the property. Following a satisfactory violation search, the Building Department will issue a "no violation" letter, and provide copies of Certificates of Occupancy.
By Frank Wilson III, Fire Inspector
As of February 22, 2010, Amanda's Law has been adopted by the State of New York. This updated law governs and mandates the use of Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms in the home.
NEW YORK STATE FIRE CODE section 611.3.4 requires that in existing buildings and structures: one and two Family dwellings, multiple single family dwellings (townhouses), and buildings owned as a condominium or cooperative and containing dwelling accommodations. A carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed within each dwelling unit or sleeping unit on the lowest story having a sleeping area.
Carbon monoxide alarms shall be listed and labeled as complying with UL 2034 or CAN/CSA 6.19, and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacture's installation instructions.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is defined as: a colorless, odorless, tasteless, poisonous gas which is highly toxic to humans and animals.
Carbon Monoxide sources include:
a. Any fuel- burning appliance that is malfunctioning or improperly installed.
b. Furnaces, gas range/ stove, gas clothes dryer, water heater, portable fuel-burning space heaters, fireplaces, generators and wood burning stoves.
c. Vehicles, generators and other combustion engines running in attached garages.
d. Blocked chimney or flue.
e. Cracked or loose furnace exchanger.
f. Back drafting and changes in air pressure.
g. Operating a grill in an enclosed area.
Effects of Carbon Monoxide (CO) exposure are:
a. Common Mild Exposure- Slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, flu-like symptoms.
b. Common Medium Exposure- Throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, fast heart rate.
c. Common Extreme Exposure- Convulsions, unconsciousness, brain damage, heart and lung failure followed by death.
d. If you experience even mild CO poisoning symptoms, immediately consult a physician
If your CO alarm goes off, you need to get everyone out of the house into fresh air and call 911 from a neighbors house.
Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. A CO alarm will save you and your family's life.