Kevin Moore

Building Inspector/Code Enforcement/Fire Marshal/Stormwater Management

p: (585) 637-1145
f: (585) 637- 1147

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Anna Beardslee

Building Department Clerk

p: (585) 637-1145
f: (585) 637-1147

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About the Building Department

The Town of Clarkson’s Building Department is responsible for a number of matters.

  • Enforcement of the NYS and Town of Clarkson’s building and zoning codes.

  • Issuance of building permits

  • Building Inspections

  • Fire Inspections/fire safety concerns

  • Stormwater Management

  • Applications for Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals

Department Hours

Normal Department Hours:

Monday through Friday 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM*

Planning Board Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM.

Zoning Board Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM.

*The building department will be open 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM on days of meetings.

**Please note that you should check the Planning Board and Zoning Board Information and Agendas for the most up to date information on meeting dates, times, and cancellations.**



Planning Board Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning at 6:00 PM.

Please click on the Planning Board Agenda Link for the most up to date information on how the Meetings will be held.

Planning Board Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, 2/16/2021 via Zoom


Zoning Board Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month beginning at 7:00 PM.

Please click on the Zoning Board of Appeals link for the most up to date information on how the meetings will be held.

Zoning Board Meeting Agenda via Zoom for Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Building Permit Requirements

Please contact the office if you are unsure if you need a building permit.

Building Permit Application Information:

Once you have filled out the building permit application, please make sure you have all necessary documents included with the building permit.  Please see below:

  • Instrument survey map or tape location map which includes the area of the proposed work to be done along with the measurements.
  • Two sets of building plans – an original, stamped and signed set and one copy. No reverse plans will be accepted.
  • For new construction, energy calculations must be approved with plans.
  • For smaller, less complex building (additions, small barns, etc.) a completed cross section sheet must be filled out and returned with your application.
  • Workers Compensation and Liability Insurance are needed from the company that will be doing the work.  If the work is being done on your own, a CE-200 Form must be filled out, this is a requirement by New York State.  The instructions to fill out the CE-200 Form can be found on Page 3 of the Building Permit Application.

Submitting Building Permit:

  • Building permit application and documents can be submitted to us via email, fax, or may be dropped off at the Building Department during business hours.
  • Building permits can take up to 2 days to be issued for review of town code requirements and to ensure all necessary documentation has been provided. (If you need a building permit quickly, please contact the office).
  • The clerk will call to let you know when the permit is ready for pick up.
  • Please see the Town Clerk to pick up the Building Permit, and that is when you will make the payment.  (Payment cannot be made before the Building Permit is issued).

After the Building Permit is Issued:

  • After the Building Permit is issued, and permitted work begins, inspections may need to be done during, depending on the type of work.  Please check with the Building Inspector on when inspections will need to be done to maintain compliance.
  • When work has been completed a final inspection MUST be done.  (Please note, any work that involves electric will need an inspection by a certified electrician and we will need a copy of the electrical inspection in order to to do the final inspection.)
  • After a final Inspection a Certificate of Compliance will be issued to the Homeowner to keep.
  • Please keep in mind, Building Permits do have expiration dates on them. If work ends up taking longer to complete than the expiration date, please contact the Building Department.

Stormwater Management

What is stormwater?

Stormwater is rain water or water from melting ice that runs off of hard surfaces instead of soaking into the ground.  When water soaks into the ground it becomes filtered.  But when there is excess water it collects into storm sewers via pipes and ditches.  As this water runs off into these collection areas, it carries pollutants like chemicals, bacteria, and eroded soil that goes into streams, rivers, lakes, or wetlands.

What is stormwater management?

Stormwater management are ways that can improve the runoff by creating ways to control where the excess water goes, and by keeping pollutants out.

Please check out the links below for more information about Stormwater and what you can do to help!