BUILDING PLANNING AND ZONING

Planning & Zoning Administrator

Joann Lindstrom

607-687-0123 Dept. 6

lindstromj@townofowego.com

Code Enforcement Officer

Bill Carrigg

607-687-0123 Dept. 6

carriggw@townofowego.com

Secretary

Teddi Card

607-687-0123 Dept. 6

cardt@townofowego.com

The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for upholding regulations for the use and development of land according to laws established by the state and federal governments as well as many chapters of the Owego Town Code including zoning and subdivisions. Residents of the town should contact the department when planning to establish a business, build a structure, or make a change to a structure within the town. Staff is available to advise the public regarding applicable laws and specific zoning regulations, review building and plot plans, issue any required permits and review building plans to ensure they are in compliance with the law. 

In addition, department staff are responsible for enforcing laws that apply to junk vehicles, property maintenance, and floodplain development.

The department keeps records concerning the planning and development activities within the town and provides staff support to the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, and the Town Board in carrying out land use, planning, and zoning functions within the town.

The Town of Owego Zoning Ordinance regulates the location and use of buildings, structures, and land for trade, industry, residences and other purposes in accordance with its comprehensive plan. Chapter 125 of the Owego Town Code contains zoning regulations that govern what uses are permitted in particular areas, how large buildings can be, and allowable distances to property lines.

 Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM

 Planning & Zoning Phone: (607) 687-0123 Dept #6

Planning & Zoning Email planningzoning@townofowego.com

BUILDING PERMIT FAQ

The Town of Owego Zoning Ordinance regulates the location and use of buildings, structures and land for trade, industry, residence and other purposes in accordance with a comprehensive plan. Chapter 125 of the Town of Owego Code contains the zoning regulations that govern what uses are permitted in particular areas, how large buildings can be and how close to the property lines they can be. When you apply for a building permit we will let you know what specific rules apply.

For what kinds of work is a building permit required?

A building permit is required for any work that is regulated by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. Examples of work usually requiring a building permit include:  new buildings, additions, foundations, demolitions, decks, pools, storage sheds, fireplaces (excludes gas-burning), adding new windows or doors, work that is structural in nature, or other substantial remodeling or renovation work on existing buildings.  Storage sheds less than 144 square feet in area placed in conjunction with a residence do not require a permit but must meet zoning regulations.

What kinds of work do not require a building permit?

Examples of work that usually do not require a building permit include:  replacing a window or door with another of the same size in the same location, replacing electrical or plumbing fixtures in the same location, painting, wallpapering, carpeting, sidewalks, driveways, replacement of roofing shingles that does not involve replacement of the sheathing or underlying structure.  Please contact us if you are not sure whether or not a permit is required.

Do I need a building permit to install a wood stove or fireplace insert, or to construct a masonry chimney?

Yes.

Is a permit required to build a fence?

No, however if you are installing an in-ground pool or a pool less than 48” above grade, then an enclosure, normally a fence, is required by the Building Code. You may go to the following NYS website for specific requirements for pool barriers: NYS REQUIREMENTS FOR SWIMMING POOLS.

Is a permit required to build/install a swimming pool?

Yes.  Any pool deeper than 24 inches is regulated by the New York State Building Code.  You may contact this office or go to the following New York State website for specific requirements regarding pools, pool alarms and barriers: NYS REQUIREMENTS FOR SWIMMING POOLS.

What are the requirements to obtain a building permit? 

Building permits are issued in person only. Applicants are encouraged to call the office to arrange a time to meet with the Code Enforcement Officer.

  1. Proof of identification.
  2. Proof of property ownership if recently purchased.
  3. A plot plan of the parcel showing all structures, existing and proposed, in relation to property lines.
  4. For a wood stove, pool, pre-built shed, etc., manufacturer’s specifications of the construction/installation.

5. For septic systems, an engineered septic plan approved by the Tioga County Health Department (607-687-8565).

6a. If a contractor will be building the structure, the applicant must provide a Certificate of Workers Compensation Insurance coverage (New York State form C-105.2) and a certificate of liability insurance.

6b. Contractors who claim exemption from NYS Workers Compensation Insurance must go to the NYS Workers Compensation website 

http://www.wcb.ny.gov to complete form CE-200 and provide a printed copy to accompany the building permit application;

6c. Homeowners who act as their own contractor must file a BP-1 exemption to accompany the building permit application (completed in office).

7. If the applicant is building a single-family residence and will disturb an acre or more (for example, a residence including driveway, accessory building, garage, septic system, utilities, etc.) a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required. To determine if your project meets this requirement, download the Single Family House Phase II Acre Determination Worksheet Acre Determination Worksheet (PDF).

8. Provide a total cost of the project.

9. Applicant’s signature agreeing to contact the for specific required inspections. The town cannot issue a Certificate of Compliance or a Certificate of Occupancy if the required inspections are not scheduled and approved.

How can I get a copy of the building code requirements? 

The requirements are published by the New York State Department of State and are adopted by the Town of Owego.  You may view the Code by clicking here 

Where can I find help to design and build a deck?

The requirements are published by the New York State Department of State and are adopted by the Town of Owego.  You may view the Code by clicking here 

Is there a fee for the permit?

Yes. The following fees may be paid by cash, check or money order:

Unenclosed porch or deck less than 100 sq.ft.       

Unenclosed porch or deck 100 sq.ft. or larger      

Accessory Building less than 144 sq.ft.            

Accessory Building 144 sq.ft. or larger          

Single-Family residence                       

Enclosed addition                                                      

Woodstove, chimney, masonry fireplace                 

Swimming pool                                                          

Barn or garage larger than 100 sq.ft.                      

Demolition – Residential                      

Demolition – Commercial    

Town water                         

Town sewer                             

Solar Energy – Commercial                 

Commercial/Industrial Permits

0 – 500 square feet                          

501 – 1000 square feet                       

1001 – 2000 square feet                   

Over 2000 square feet                        .

Water permit – Industrial or Commercial         

Sewer permit – Industrial                

Sewer permit – Commercial               

Tower Permits

Cell, personal communication, digital/data, paging

Co-Location

Radio & Televsion Broadcast Services


NO CHARGE – Permit required

$ 50.00

NO PERMIT REQUIRED

$ 50.00

$200.00 (plus Park Land fee in subdivisions)

$100.00

$ 50.00

$ 50.00

$ 50.00

NO CHARGE – Permit required

$ 50.00

$ 50.00

$ 50.00

$100.00/megawatt

$ 50.00

$100.00

$200.00

$200.00 plus .10/square foot

$50.00

$500.00

$250.00

$250.00

$50.00

$50.00

For how long is a permit valid?

Building permits for the following shall expire six (6) months after the date of issuance:

1. Installation of any solid fuel burning heating appliance, chimney or flue, solar energy;

2. Installation of a swimming pool;

3. Demolition of any structure.

ALL other building permits shall expire eighteen (18) months after the date of issuance.

May I do the work myself?

Yes. We will ask you to sign a form claiming exemption from having to carry Workers Compensation Insurance and have it notarized.

May I do the electrical work myself?

Yes. However, keep in mind that electrical work must be inspected by an independent inspector and a copy of the final inspection certification submitted to this office.  Here is a list of the inspectors in this area:

George Marr Atlantic-Inland 62 N. Chenango St.- Greene, NY 13778 – (607)656-9452 – Cell: (607)727-1709

Myron Aston Commonwealth 811 Castle Creek Road – Binghamton, NY 13901 – (607)206-9945 – jaston43@gmail.com

Dave Lord Commonwealth Electrical Inspection Services. – (607)761-5183 (Leave Message) ceisinspector@yahoo.com

Steve Hazleton Atlantic-Inland 511 Dunham Hill Road – Castle Creek, NY 13744 – (607)239-0794

Bruce Horncastle Commonwealth Electrical Inspection Services. PO BOX 471 Etna, NY 13062 – (607)347-9803 brhorn@yahool.com

Comprehensive Plan


The Town of Owego’s zoning map is available at this link: Tioga County Geographic Information Tool (arcgis.com). In the top right corner of this map is an icon for “Layer List”. Click here, then scroll to the bottom of the list and click on “Town of Owego Zoning Districts”. Please note that areas without color are Agricultural Zoning Districts.

Printed zoning maps are available for $25 through the Planning and Zoning Department.

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

The Zoning Board of Appeals is a five member board, whose members serve by appointment of the Town Board. Each member serves a five year term, with one member’s term expiring December 31st of each year. Meetings are regularly scheduled for the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM and are open to the public. The Zoning Board of Appeals has the authority to grant Special Use Permits, Area and Use Variances as well as make interpretations of the Town’s zoning regulations, which are contained in Chapter 125 of the Code of the Town of Owego.

Zoning Board of Appeals’ agendas and minutes are available at the Agendas-Minutes page of our website https://townofowego.com/agendas-minutes/

GARY PHELPS

Chairman

DAVID KRESGE

JACK LEGG

DAN MYERS

JANET BROWN

IRENE GRAVEN

Attorney

PLANNING BOARD

The Planning Board is a seven member board appointed by the Town Board. Each member serves a seven year term, with one member’s term expiring December 31st of each year. Meetings are regularly scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM and are open to the public. The Planning Board considers requests for site plan approval and special permits for extraction of natural products (mining) and telecommunications facilities. They also make recommendations to the Town Board for rezoning requests and special permits, as well as to the Zoning Board of Appeals for Special Use Permits.

Planning Board agendas and minutes are available at the Agendas-Minutes page of our website https://townofowego.com/agendas-minutes/

ROBERT RIEG Chair

DAVID MARSH

JAMES TOFTE

LYNNE ESQUIVEL

CRAIG WADEMAN

LISA BAILEYS

LEAH HAMMOND

IRENE GRAVEN

Town Attorney

STORMWATER

WHAT IS STORMWATER?

Stormwater is rain and snow melt that runs off surfaces such as rooftops, paved streets, highways, and parking lots. Stormwater carries sediment, oil, grease, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other pollutants into storm drains and then, untreated, into nearby waterbodies. Because most stormwater drainage systems provide no treatment, preventing contamination of stormwater is crucial to ensure that pollutants do not enter waterways. Improperly managed stormwater runoff is also a leading cause of flooding, which can lead to property damage, cause road safety hazards, and clog catch basins and culverts with sediment and debris.

BROOME-TIOGA STORMWATER COALITION

The Town of Owego is one of 15 designated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) located in the Counties of Broome and Tioga that must prepare and implement a stormwater management program to comply with state and federal stormwater regulations. These municipalities recognize that watersheds and separate sewer systems cross municipal boundaries and that collaborative efforts addressing local stormwater issues saves time, money and energy. As a result, the MS4s entered into an agreement to form the Broome-Tioga Stormwater Coalition and work together to address local stormwater issues and meet the requirements of state and federal stormwater regulations.

To find out more information about stormwater, state and federal stormwater regulations or the Broome-Tioga Stormwater Coalition, visit the BTSC’s website.

Broome-Tioga Stormwater Coalition Public Education Website http://www.waterfromrain.org/

Click here to view the Chapter 99 Stormwater Management