The purpose of the Building Department in the Town of Poughkeepsie is to provide for a minimum level of protection from the hazards of fire, inadequate building construction, and improper maintenance in residential and non-residential buildings through the enforcement of Local and State codes, rules, and regulations. Enforcement is enacted through the issuance of permits, notices, and orders, the performance of inspections, and the issuance of certificates.

Building Permits

In the Town of Poughkeepsie, both State and Local codes require that no person or organization shall begin to excavate, construct, demolish or change the nature of the occupancy without having first applied for and obtained a permit.

In order to assure that your project is completed safely and in accordance with all town requirements, a building permit is required for most types of home improvements. In order to get your project moving as quickly as possible, your application for a permit should be filed at least two weeks in advance of the start of your project.