Building & Planning

      All applications for Building Permits must be done online.

To apply click below:


***FYI: There is still a two-step permitting phase for projects including a foundation.

You will apply for the foundation permit and once that is issued & complete,
you will then apply for the Phase 2 construction permit.***

    Guide to completing a building permit application online
                                       (click the "Help" button below)


                             Fillable Documents for Online Applications
                                (You will upload your documents in "Cloudpermit" Application)
                                                           *Click an image below for PDF*

Owner Authorization  owner A     Project Narrative        project n   

Truss Information      Truss I       911 Address Sign          911

       ***To file a complaint with Code Enforcement-click below***


Building Department

bd01The Town of North Elba Building Department has many functions which include the receipt and review of applications for building and electrical permits; review of related plans; issuance of permits; and conduct of related field inspections.  The inspections ensure that the work being performed is in compliance with the current building codes and Town regulations. 

The Building Department provides the issuance of the following permits per New York State Building Code:

  1. Building Permits - issued for the construction of new residential construction, new commercial construction, additions, alterations, renovations, sheds, decks, pools, roofing, siding, garages, fences, satellite dishes, etc.
  2. Electrical Permits - issued for the installation of wiring systems in new buildings, new additions, electric heat, service changes/upgrades, etc.
  3. New Electrical - service changes/upgrades, etc.
  4. Certificates of Occupancy - issued upon completion of new construction and major renovations.
  5. Certificate of Compliance for Equipment

Codes & Zoning Services

bd02The Planning Department includes the Review Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Barry Sears, as Codes and Zoning coordinator, acts as a liaison between the Applicant and the Review Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Interested persons should contact the Building and Planning Department at 518-523-9518 or by email at

Review Board - Agenda's, MinutesCase Files, & Applications


  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month
  • 5:30 P.M. (3rd Floor Meeting Room)
The administrative body charged with responsibility for reviewing, approving, conditioning, or denying applications for a specific type of land use such as conditional use permit, or site plan or subdivision approval.

The Review Board is responsible for reviewing and approving a wide range of development activities under the terms of the Town/Village Land Use Code.
Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda, MinutesCase Files, & Applications


  • Last Monday of each month
  • 5:30 P.M. (3rd Floor Meeting Room) 
Under state statutes, a zoning board of appeals must be formed when a local legislature adopts its zoning law. The essential function of the zoning board of appeals is to grant variances. In this capacity it protects landowners from the unfair application of the laws in particular circumstances. The zoning board of appeals also hears appeals from the decisions of the zoning enforcement officer or building inspector when interpretations of the zoning ordinance are involved.


Contact Us

Office Hours: 
  • Monday-Friday 
  • 9am - 12pm
  • 1pm - 5pm  
Darci Whitney, Code Enforcement Official
DBSC Training ID# CE1001468

David Wright, Code Enforcement Official
DBSC Training ID# CE1003914

Britt E. Waite, Building and Planning Clerk/STR Compliance Monitor
Barry Sears, Codes and Zoning Coordinator

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Document Center

The Document Center provides easy access to public documents. Click on one of the categories below to see related documents or use the search function.

Categories always sorted by seq (sub-categories sorted within each category)
Documents sorted by HEADER in Ascending Order within category

Building Department Forms & Information16 documents

  • 911 Address Sign Application
    document Header 911 Address Sign Application
  • Building Permit Fees
    document Header Building Permit Fees
    Effective February 1, 2014,For new single & two family dwellings/new commercial construction
  • DOT Highway Work Permit Letter
    document Header DOT Highway Work Permit Letter
  • Electrical Service Request (Fillable)
    document Header Electrical Service Request (Fillable)
  • Floodplain Development Permit Application (Fillable)
    document Header Floodplain Development Permit Application (Fillable)
  • FOIL (Fillable)
    document Header FOIL (Fillable)
  • New York State Workers' Comp & Disability Insurance Requirements
    document Header New York State Workers' Comp & Disability Insurance Requirements
  • NY State Unified Solar Permit (Fillable)
    document Header NY State Unified Solar Permit (Fillable)
  • Other Permit Fees
    document Header Other Permit Fees
    repairs, alterations, additions, etc.
  • Owner Authorization
    document Header Owner Authorization
  • Part 1201 Uniform Code: Procedure for Certain Classes of Buildings
    document Header Part 1201 Uniform Code: Procedure for Certain Classes of Buildings
  • Required Inspections Checklist
    document Header Required Inspections Checklist
  • Required Submittal Documents
    document Header Required Submittal Documents
    Per 2020 NYS Building Code
  • Septic System Permit Application
    document Header Septic System Permit Application
    For new systems and/or repairs
  • Tent Permit Application (Fillable)
    document Header Tent Permit Application (Fillable)
  • Truss Type  Construction Form (Fillable)
    document Header Truss Type  Construction Form (Fillable)

Important Information2 documents

  • Camoin STR Assessment Report
    document Header Camoin STR Assessment Report
  • Town/Village Joint Land Use Code (updated 6.15.22)
    document Header Town/Village Joint Land Use Code (updated 6.15.22)

Contact Us

(518) 523-9518
(518) 523-9277