Building Division

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in altered work environments for most people, the Bethlehem Building Division has temporarily changed our policies.

 Inspections:
  1. Please email all inspection requests to jharbinger@townofbethlehem.org or building@townofbethlehem.org.
  2. The Building Inspector will determine what is needed for each inspection and will let you know what can be done to proceed.
  3. The following inspections can be approved via Facetime (if you have the capability): Footings/piers, foundation wall pre-pour, backfill, sump line, insulation.
  4. Framing, plumbing, mechanical inspections must either be postponed until we re-open OR can be certified by the design professional who stamped the approved plans. This can be done through an inspection report which includes pictures. This report can be emailed. A report from the design professional can be used for any inspection, including the ones indicated in #2.
  5. Additions/alterations that had stamped plans submitted can receive a temporary CO as long as we receive the report from the design professional.
Permits:
  1. Electronic copies of permit applications can be accepted. We will do our best to review these in a timely manner, but plan on review taking 3 to 4 weeks at this point.
  2. If approved, you will be provided with an invoice via email in the form of a PDF. You will need to mail a check to the Town Hall (Receiver of Taxes, 445 Delaware Ave, Delmar) or drop off the payment at the gray drop box in the Town Hall parking lot in a sealed envelope. Both ways, you will need to include the invoice so the Receiver of Taxes knows which permit to which it should be applied.
  3. Once payment is processed, the approved building permit can be emailed or mailed and proceed with the inspection process above.
Responsibilities
The building inspector is responsible for routine inspections, residential and business construction, and general fire safety. Contact the Building Department for:
  • Building permits
  • Information on new buildings or building lots
  • Building alterations or additions
  • Building and fire code information
  • Disabled access requirements
  • Enforcement of town codes
  • Town Zoning Ordinances and maps
  • Swimming pool installation
  • Sheds and detached garages
  • Decks and fences
Per Section 128-82 of the Town Zoning Code, no person shall alter or add to any existing structure, or construct a new structure or part thereof, nor change the use of any building without a valid zoning and building permit issued by the building inspector.
 
Building Permits & Fee Schedule for permits and inspections.
 
More Information
If you have any questions as to whether something requires a zoning and building permit, contact the Building Division at ext. 1112 and they would be happy to assist you.

The town enforces the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code. Local ordinances are available at the building inspector's office for review.