Construction Permits

Not only the municipalities have to implement stormwater management plans. Any construction activity involving more than one acre is required to file a permit and have a stormwater management plan in place when the site plan is submitted to the Planning Board. For more information, and permit forms, visit the following sites:

If you have questions, you can contact the New York State Department of Water as follows:

Division of Water
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3505
Phone: 518-402-8111

Locally, building permits are granted by the City Code Enforcement Department


Construction Best Management Practices

  • Minimizing land clearing to preserve natural vegetation and other natural features
  • Managing clearing and grading in phases to minimize the amount of bare soil exposed at any given time
  • Building and maintaining proper site entrances (to prevent sediment from being tracked onto streets and, ultimately, washed into storm sewers)
  • Stabilizing steep slopes
  • Installing sediment trapping devices and perimeter controls like silt fences and sediment basins
  • Stabilizing areas as soon as possible after land-disturbing activities