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Code Enforcement

31 East Main Street
Norwich, NY 13815
MAILING ADDRESS: One City Plaza Norwich, NY, 13815
13815 Phone: (607) 334-1233
FAX: (607) 334-1938
Email :
Code Enforcement Officer: Amy Donnison
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am - 5 pm
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR OFFICES have relocated to 31 East Main Street, 1st Floor of the Firehouse

The mission of the Department of Code Enforcement is to serve the community by providing for the health, safety, welfare, and safety education of the public. The Code Enforcement Officer coordinates the enforcement activities of the various divisions and additionally coordinates cases between the Code Enforcement Office, City Officials, Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Fire Department.
The Department encompasses the following division areas:

Building Permits

The Code Enforcement Office is tasked with the enforcement of the Building Code of New York State, and local laws and ordinances dealing with building construction, renovations (interior and exterior) and building demolition and removal.

Examples of projects that require a permit:
  • Any new building
  • All additions to existing buildings
  • Pools (aboveground and inground)
  • Sheds
  • Fences
  • Decks and Porches
  • Additions to Electrical Systems
  • Additions to Plumbing Systems
  • Additions or New Heating Systems
  • Electrical Work
  • Solid Fuel Heating Devices

If you are unsure about the need for a permit, call the Code Enforcement Office at (607) 334-1233.
(View the Building Permit Application here)
(View the Plumbing and Heating Permit Application here)
(View the Fence Permit Application here)
(View the Sign permit Application here)
(View the Pool Permit Application here)

Building Permit Inspections

Building Inspections are required during each stage of construction to ensure compliance with construction codes and building plans. Inspections are required at the following stages:

  • Pre Inspection of Construction
  • Footings before backfilling
  • Foundations wall before backfilling
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Framing before enclosing
  • Heating, ventilation and air-condition before enclosing
  • Insulation before enclosing
  • Fire Protection equipment before enclosing
  • Final (Certificate Inspection) upon completion of all other inspections

Inspections should be requested at least one business day before inspection is needed (607) 334-1233.

Zoning Compliance/Complaints

The primary function of Zoning Compliance is to identify and correct violations of the City of Norwich Codes and Ordinances. The staff operates upon citizen complaints and their own observations. The Department works closely with violators to obtain compliance, however if necessary the Code Enforcement staff will present cases to Justice Court for prosecution.

View The City of Norwich Zoning Ordinance here

Fire/Life Safety Inspections

All commercial and multiple residential buildings require periodic Fire/Life Safety inspections for compliance with the New York State Code.
The Fire Department and Code Enforcement Office conducts fire safety education programs on various subjects dealing with fire prevention and safety.

  • Day care safety
  • Fire extinguisher usage
  • Evacuation training
  • General fire prevention issues
  • Fire and property maintenance inspection

Common Code Violations

  • Unsafe buildings: Structures that are structurally unstable or abandoned.
  • Lawn and lot maintenance: Nuisance weeds and grass that is greater than 12 inches in height for a substantial portion of the lot.

Waste materials and trash: Rubbish, trash, garbage, and other waste materials may be stored only in proper receptacles. (View the Garbage Ordinance)

  • Construction: Permits are required before a construction project begins.
  • Unsecured buildings: Buildings that are abandoned, opened and accessible to children of transients must be boarded up, repaired or demolished.
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