Building Department & Code Enforcement

  • City Hall
    2 Fifteenth Street, Room 8
    Watervliet, NY 12189

  • 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Building Department Forms

Housing Complaint Form
Building permit application

City Permit Schedule

If you have any questions please contact the Building Department at 518-270-3800 ext. 107

Zoning Permit
Zoning permit application info

Work not requiring a permit: 

Assessed Home Improvements

  • Exterior painting
  • Repairing or replacing exterior trim
  • Minor repair of existing porches or steps
  • Repairing sidewalks or driveways on private property
  • Repainting, repairing or cleaning brickwork stone or other masonry
  • Improving lawns or landscaping
  • Adding or replacing gutters or downspouts
  • Repairing existing fencing
  • Installing weather stripping, storm windows and doors
  • Interior painting and wallpapering
  • Repairing existing walls and ceilings
  • Installing carpeting

Work requiring a permit:

Unassessed Home Improvements

  • Adding or replacing above ground swimming pools
  • Remodeling, alterations and repairs that include changes to or placement of portions of the structural system of the building (structural system includes all framing, masonry and sheathing materials.)
  • Replacement of roofs
  • Construction of decks and stairs
  • Installing new or replacement fences
  • Plumbing additions or replacement
  • Electrical additions or replacement
  • Heating changes (i.e. furnace replacement)
  • Exterior repairs where the work to be done, including scaffolding or ladders used, extends beyond property lines
  • Replacing existing ceiling and wall materials (plaster, etc.) in buildings of two families or more
  • Replacing windows and doors
  • Adding or replacing wood-burning stoves or fireplace inserts
  • Barricade permit when necessary
  • Adding exterior lighting

Assessed Home Improvements

  • All new structures or additions to existing structures
  • Major exterior structural changes
  • Interior alterations which provide additional rooms
  • Adding new basements where none exist
  • Adding central heating or central air conditioning systems
  • Adding fireplaces
  • Converting a room in a residence into a commercial use
  • In-ground pools
  • Updating kitchens and baths

Note: All exterior improvements to historic property and/or property within a historic district will require a building permit and a historic district review.

All work must comply with New York State Building Code and the Watervliet City Code and Charter.