Building Code Enforcement & Zoning
Bonnie Rae Strickland
Village and Town Building Code Enforcement & Zoning Officer
office: (716) 326-4401
23 Elm Street
Westfield, NY 14787
Hours: Monday-Thursday from 9am to 4:00pm
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The Office of Code Enforcement maintains a high degree of responsibility and commitment to the ever-changing and constant updating of code language and laws in the Fire and Building Codes, as well as local Zoning law. It is the responsibility of the local municipalities in New York State to adopt and enforce the New York State Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Property Maintenance, Fuel Gas, Energy conservation and Residential Codes. New York State adopted this family of Codes on January 1, 2003 as an official member of the International Code family. This means, that with very little enhanced changes specific to New York State, the building code is the same nationwide.
One popular misconception is that this newly adopted code was written for large municipalities such as New York City. The truth is, New York City has it’s own set of building code regulations separate from the rest of the state. This means, the regulation required by the building code is the same in Westfield, as it is in Albany, which is the same in Watertown.
The duties and powers of the Code Enforcement Officer are listed in detail under §85-5. Duties & Powers of the Code Enforcement Officer, Chapter 85 Fire Prevention & Building Construction, of the Village of Westfield Code.
The duties and powers of the Zoning Officer are listed in detail under §155-79. Enforcement, Chapter 155 Zoning, of the Village of Westfield Code.
Building Permit Fee Schedule:
One & Two Family Homes - $.10 per sq. ft. Includes Mobile Homes and Factory Manufactured Homes.
Multi-Family Residences - $.10 sq. ft. plus $100 for final inspection and Certificate of Occupancy.
Accessory Use Structures - Garages, Storage Buildings, Carports, etc. Building Permit cost includes the Certificate of Occupancy fee.
Roofs (Tear-off or cover over)-$25.00
Swimming Pools - $50.00. In-ground and above-ground; Building Permit cost also includes electric permit and the Certificate of Occupancy fee.
Signs - $50.00. See sign law; Zoning).
Electric Permit - $50.00. Required for all extensions, additions and repairs of electrical service.
Residential Conversions, alterations, additions, repairs - $50.00 or $.10 per sq. ft., whichever is greater.
Fences & Walls - $50.00. Non-agricultural, intended to prevent passage and/or provide privacy. Building Permit cost includes Certificate of Compliance fee.
Solid Fuel Burning Appliances - $50.00. Building permit cost includes Certificate of Compliance fee.
Demolition Permit - $50.00. A Demolition Permit shall not be required when a "Legal Violation Order" or any legal order to demolish and remove is in effect.
Permit Renewals - $50.00 or 50% of the Renewal of Permit granted only, if application original permit fee is made prior to expiration of original permit. Otherwise, the full fee is required.
Requested Inspections - $25.00 per hour ($25.00 minimum charge)
Certificate of Occupancy - $100.00 when no Building Permit is in effect (applies to all structures, residential and commercial).
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy - $100.00
(Valid for 6 months or less)
Commercial Structures - Building Permit Fees for commercial structures shall be based upon the estimated ‘cost of construction’. The cost of construction includes all labor and materials. If written cost estimates cannot be obtained, computation of the applicable fees shall be based upon the following:
The average commercial construction cost per square foot in accordance with the proposed use, construction type, materials, local labor costs, and other data as may be obtained and documented from local builders, contractors, suppliers, and/or other sources. Final determination of the estimated cost of construction shall be made by the Building Inspector/Enforcement Officer or his designated agent.
Truss Identification (NYS Mandate) - $75.00 per project
Required annual fire safety inspections - $35.00. Places of public assembly, etc.
If a violation is found, re-inspection feel - $20.00 per each additional inspection
Special Use Permit - $75.00
for: 6' fences, Home Occupation, etc., additional/alterations
to an existing Special Use
for: Cell Towers/Wind Turbines per site - $500.00
Additional equipment to an existing facility - $500.00
Variance - $100.00
When any type of construction work has commenced without first obtaining a Building Permit - an additional $75.00 or 50% of the applicable permit fee, whichever is greater. Applicant may also be subject to fines and penalties as specified in Section 92-6 of the Town of Westfield Code or 155-13 of the Code of the Village of Westfield.
Refunds - all fees are non-refundable. In the event that an application is disapproved or rejected, a refund of 50% (one-half) of the fee paid shall apply providing that no work has commenced.
Payment of Fees - all fees are due and payable to the Town/Village of Westfield upon submission of the Building Permit Application, applicable plans, and specifications.
Waiver of Fees - the Board may, by majority vote at a regular Board Meeting, reduce, alter or waive any fee charged for work performed by any licensed charitable or non-profit agency or organization.
For more detailed information or explanation of the building permit fees, please contact the Building & Code Enforcement Officer at 326-4401
Located on the second floor of Eason Hall, Bonnie Rae Strickland is the Village and Town Building & Code Enforcement Officer. Staff are there to explain zoning and building code requirements, provide and review building permit applications for both large- and small-scale projects, perform fire inspections, and enforce the zoning and building code of the Village.
Note: due to the number of field-work inspections and other out-of-office responsibilities, we highly recommend that you contact the Code Enforcement Office to set up an appointment before stopping by. Better yet, check out our downloadable building permit forms to save yourself a trip!