When is a permit required?

In the Town of Poughkeepsie, both State and Local codes require that no person or organization shall begin to:

  • Alter
  • Construct
  • Convert or Change the Nature of the Occupancy
  • Demolish
  • Enlarge
  • Erect
  • Excavate
  • Improve
  • Install Any Mechanical Equipment or Systems Such as:
    • Detection System Without First Having Applied for and Obtained a Permit
    • Electrical
    • Fire Suppression
    • Heating
    • Plumbing
  • Remove
  • Repair

Also, features such as swimming pools, sheds, signs, accessory apartments, or home occupations require permits.

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1. What is a permit?
2. Why are permits issued?
3. What is the purpose of the Building and Fire Codes?
4. Who has permit authority?
5. When is a permit required?
6. What work can be done without a permit?
7. How much do permits cost?
8. When are stamped plans and construction specifications required?
9. How many copies of the plans and specifications are required when applying for a building permit?
10. How long do I have to obtain a permit?
11. Do I need any other approval from other departments or agencies prior to issuance of my permit?
12. What happens if I start work without first obtaining a permit?
13. What if I have additional questions concerning building permits or code regulations?