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Permit Requirements

Residential plans must include all of the following that apply. Additional information may be required during permit and project process. Please read the requirements completely, and call or visit the office for help.

Per the NYS Education Law plans submitted must bear the seal and authorized signature of a New York State licensed professional engineer or architect. This shall not apply to residential buildings of a gross floor area of fifteen hundred (1,500) square feet or less (exterior dimensions), nor alterations to any building or structure costing twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) or less which does not involve changes affecting the structural stability and/or public safety thereof. (There may be circumstances when “stamped” plans may be required regardless of size or cost.) All other plans may need to be sealed and signed by a licensed New York State professional engineer or architect and contain design criteria.


  1. Energy Code Compliance
  2. The 2 sets of plans or drawings must be signed or initialed by the town or village zoning officer. They shall include elevations, floor plans, and cross sections of the construction.

    • Elevations must show grade and height dimensions from grade to porches, decks, doors, windows and roof lines
    • Floor plans must have rooms labeled as to their use (e.g. bedroom, living room, etc.), smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms labeled and placement shown, and fixtures labeled
    • Window and door header spans and sizes must be labeled
    • Type of heat, insulation values of basement walls or floor joists, walls, ceiling or roof, windows and doors must be shown
    • Landing, stair, handrail and guard information for all interior and exterior locations must include stairway width, riser height and tread depth dimensions, handrail and guard height and opening dimensions
    • Window and door sizes must be shown and a window and door schedule included showing clear opening sizes and square footage of required egress components. Egress windows must be labeled. Minimum natural light 8% and ventilation 4% must be met. Indicate door swing.
    • Indicate and label any heating appliances (e.g. fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves, etc.)
    • Any fire resistant construction must be noted on the plans (e.g. between garage and habitable space, fire walls, party walls, fire rated doors, etc.)

    Cross sections shall be included and must show:

    • Depth and width of footings, how far below grade they are placed, any required rebar
    • Depth, width, and spacing of piers, how far below grade they are placed
    • Thickness of slabs and any required reinforcement
    • Foundation walls (indicate type of wall, size of block or width of poured wall) and any required rebar
    • Indicate height of backfill in feet to be against foundation wall or piers
    • Indicate all required decay resistant wood
    • Carrier beams, ledger boards and/or girders with their dimensions, any required flashing and how they are fastened
    • Size of floor joists, how many feet the joist is spanning, and how many inches on center they will be placed
    • All manufactured lumber (e.g. TJI’s, LVL’s, etc.) spec and layout sheets may be required
    • Size of exterior wall studs and how many inches on center they will be placed
    • Size and span of ceiling joists, how many inches on center they will be placed
    • Size and span of roof rafters, how many inches on center they will be placed, pitch of roof and collar tie placement
    • If trusses are to be used, indicate this (engineered truss spec sheets will be required prior to framing inspection and layout sheets will be required)
    • Ceiling heights must be indicated including stairway headroom clearance

This sheet is just a guideline