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Any home improvement involving structural change requires a building permit.
Find a list of the types of projects that require permits in the Building Department Services section of the Building Department page.
Visit the Code of the Town of Ballston for more specific information.
Please contact the Building Department with any questions:
Phone: 518-490-2715Email: email@example.com
You do not require a permit for a fence. We recommend that you have the nice side facing out and put it inside your property line by 1-2 feet so you are not trespassing if you need to do any maintenance or repair on the fence. Also, the fence should not exceed 6 feet in height.
Please Note:If your neighborhood has a Homeowner's Association they may have rules about fences.
Sheds that are 120 square feet or less do not require a permit.
Sheds over 120 square feet require a building permit and are subject to current zoning regulations.
Visit the Permit Application Forms section of the Building Department page. Applications include instructions for submittal.
Please Note:If your neighborhood has a Homeowner's Association they may have rules about shed placement, regardless of size.
Phone: 518-490-2715 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
No permit is required for replacement of a roof unless there is a structural change.
Visit the Permit Application Forms section of the Building Department page. Choose the permit application that fits your project. Applications include instructions for submittal.
View the Building Department page for inspection hours and any announcements regarding inspector availability.
Inspections can be scheduled in person, by phone at 518-490-2715, or Email the Building Department.
The Building Department does not conduct electrical inspections. If your permit requires an electrical inspection, the following inspection agencies are Town-approved, or you can have any licensed electrical inspector perform the inspection:
Atlantic Inland: 607-753-7188 or 518-692-9295
Middle Department Agency: 518-273-0861 (Inspector is in the office from 7 am to 9 pm)
The Inspector, LLC: 800-478-0535 or 518-481-5300
Town of Ballston bulk requirements can be found online in the Town Code Chapter 138 Zoning.
Please contact the Building Department by phone at 518-490-2715 or Email the Building Department with any questions.
To view available Building Department records, such as building permits, architectural drawings, septic plans, etc., for a property, whether you own the property, it is a property you wish to purchase, etc., you must submit a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the Town Clerk's Office.
Please note that the Town of Ballston Building Department does not have any of these records available online; they are only available by FOIL request.
The Freedom of Information Law, commonly know as "FOIL" (Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sections 84-90), is New York State's principal statute regarding public access to government records. For more information about FOIL, please visit the New York State Committee on Open Government.
Please see the following for how to file a FOIL request:
Town of Ballston FOIL request information:
To file a FOIL request you will need the following two items:
1. A completed Freedom of Information Law Request Form (be as specific as possible about the information you are requesting).
2. Your Driver's License
Options for submittal:
Viewing the records at Town Hall is free.
Having copies of records emailed to you is free.
Photocopy fees (per page):
Please call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502 with any questions.
A Ballston Spa or Ballston Lake mailing address does not necessarily mean that you live in the Town of Ballston. You may live in the Town of Charlton, Ballston, Clifton Park, Milton, or Malta. If you live in the Village of Ballston Spa you also live in a town.
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Due to a significant increase in cost, the Town has changed from a junk pickup program to a junk drop-off program.
When junk drop-off is scheduled, the date and additional information will be posted on the website.
Visit the Recycling & Disposal page for information on junk drop-off as well as additional information and resources for recycling and/or disposal of many types of items.
This resource list was created by the Town of Clifton Park Green Committee - it lists many organizations that accept donated items in new or good condition, as well as resources for recycling common household items. Please call the organization first to confirm their hours and that they can accept your item(s).
This resource list was created by Sustainable Saratoga, a local not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainable practices - it also lists many organizations that accept donated items, as well as recycling resources. Please call the organization first to confirm their hours and that they can accept your item(s).
Saratoga.com has a list of organizations that accept donations.
Contact your waste collection company for information on items they will accept for recycling:
An online search of "where can I donate household items (or whatever you have to donate) near me" should yield some ideas.
Similarly, an online search of "where can I recycle (whatever you need to recycle) near me" should yield some ideas.
If there is no Town junk drop-off this year or you have missed it:
For items in good condition that you would like to donate:
Please contact the organization before donating to confirm they can accept your item(s):
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County (does not accept mattresses)12 Milton AvenueBallston Spa, NY 12020518-587-3315Rebuilding Together Saratoga County - ReShop for the Good
Habitat for Humanity (does not accept mattresses)1373 U.S. Route 9Moreau, NY 12828518-793-7484Glens Falls Habitat for Humanity (scroll down to the FAQ section for donation information)
Habitat for Humanity (does not accept mattresses)115 N. BroadwaySchenectady, NY 12305518-395-3412Schenectady Habitat for Humanity
Salvation Army (call your local store as not all will accept mattresses)1-800-SA-TRUCKSalvation Army
For items that are no longer usable:
Contact your waste collection company for their policies and fees:
The Town of Colonie landfill allows non-residents to dispose of some items (not kitchen garbage) - call first to confirm they can accept your item(s) and inquire about fees: 518-783-2845.
An online search for "furniture disposal" or "mattress disposal" should yield the names of some local junk removal companies.
The Town does not have household hazardous waste collection every year.
When held, it is usually in cooperation with the Town of Clifton Park at their facility. When household hazardous waste collection is scheduled, the date and registration instructions will be posted on the Town of Ballston website. Visit our Recycling & Disposal page for more information.
The NYS Department of environmental Conservation has information on the NYS Postconsumer Paint Collection Program. Visit the NYS DEC website's Household Hazardous Waste page for information on where and how to properly dispose of many other common household products, including cleaning products, batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, etc.
The NY paint stewardship program launched on May 1, 2022. Visit the PaintCare website for information on fees, drop-off locations, and accepted products (they accept stains, varnishes, etc. in addition to paint). See the Town Recycling & Disposal page for more information.
For aerosol paint cans, contact your local waste collection company as some will take them if properly prepared:
If the TV works:
Please contact the location first to ask if they accept TVs, is there a fee, etc.
Visit the US Food & Drug Administration website for information on where and how to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Visit the DEA's National Drug Take-Back Day website, which includes a search locator for where to drop off medications on that day.
Saratoga County has two disposal boxes for prescription or over-the-counter medications (No needles please!) - one at the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office and one at the Saratoga County Police Station. Disposal is free and is available 24 hours a day. View the Prescription Disposal Boxes Flyer (PDF) for addresses and more information.
Unneeded medications may also be taken to the New York State Police Troop G Headquarters at 760 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110. They have a drop box that can be accessed anytime.
Property tax bills are mailed on December 31st.
Contact the Tax Collector if you haven't received your bill by the end of the first week of January.
Karen Russell518-490-2722Email Karen Russell
See the "Where can I find my property tax bill or receipt?" FAQ question for information on how to find your bill online, or visit the Tax Collector page.
School tax bills are mailed by and collected by the school district you live in. See the "Where can I find my school tax bill or receipt?" FAQ question for more information, or visit the Tax Collector page.
For Town of Ballston property taxes (billed in January), visit the Tax Bills Online website for online tax receipts and bills. Choose the year, enter your information, and view or print your tax bill.
Visit the Tax Collector page for more information about taxes and tax collection, including how to submit payment, hours for in-person payment, and important dates.
School taxes (billed in September) are mailed out by and collected by the school district you live in. Please see the "Where can I find my school tax bill or receipt?" FAQ question or the Tax Collector page for more information.
Contact information for the Town of Ballston Tax Collector:
Karen Russell518-490-2722 Email Karen Russell
School Taxes (billed in September) are mailed out by and collected by the school district you live in. The Town of Ballston Tax Collector does not have information about school taxes; please contact the school district directly:
Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake CSD Tax Office:
Ballston Spa CSD Tax Collector:
Shenendehowa CSD Tax Collector:
For information on the STAR Program, visit the Town Assessor page or call the Assessor's office at 518-490-2720.
One of the responsibilities of pet ownership is compliance with any applicable laws, which are meant to ensure the health and safety of both the pet and the public. New York State Agriculture & Markets Law requires that the owner of every dog 4 months of age or older must apply for a dog license in the municipality where the dog is harbored. This provides for the identification of dogs, the control and protection of the dog population, and the protection of persons, property, domestic animals and deer from dog attack and damage. Dogs must wear their identification tag on their collar at all times, unless they are participating in a dog show. A link to the law is provided below.
New York State Legislation on Licensing, Identification and Control of Dogs
Aside from the law, here are some practical reasons to license your dog:
Visit the Animal Control page for more information.
Town of Ballston Documents and Forms:
Dog Licenses are available at the Town Clerk's office, open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Please provide:
Please Note: If you wish to register your dog for Jenkins Dog Park, proof of distemper vaccination is required as well and additional fees may apply.
Please call the Town Clerk's office with any questions at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
New York State Law requires that all dogs four months of age and older must be licensed in the Town in which they reside.
*** Licenses are valid for one year; you will receive a renewal notice by mail.
To get an initial license for your dog you will need the following three items:
1. Town of Ballston Dog License Application Form
2. Veterinarian proof of rabies vaccination
3. Payment of $10 (neutered/spayed) OR $17 (unneutered/unspayed)
Please call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext.2502 with any questions.
Dog licenses are valid for one year. Renewal notices are mailed out during the month prior to the month the license will expire.
The renewal cost is $10 (neutered/spayed) OR $17 (unneutered/unspayed).
If paying by check, please make payable to Town of Ballston.
To renew your dog's license:
1. Check the phone number, email address, etc. on the renewal notice and make corrections as needed.
2. If the rabies vaccination is up to date, simply sign the bottom of the renewal notice and submit with payment.
3. If the rabies vaccination requires updating:
4. If your dog has been neutered/spayed since the last renewal:
5. If you have moved or no longer shelter the dog:
Jenkins Dog Park is located within Jenkins Park, on Jenkins Road in Burnt Hills. The dog park is open daily to MEMBERS ONLY from 8 am to dusk, weather permitting.
Annual registration is required to use the dog park. Please note that no renewal notice will be mailed. The renewal process is the same as the initial registration and all documentation is required.
The Jenkins Dog Park page has full registration information and forms, as well as the dog park rules and regulations.
*Dogs younger than four months old are not allowed in the dog park.
Call the Town Clerk's office with any questions at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
New York State law requires all dogs to be licensed in the municipality in which they are harbored, even if you received a license from the shelter at the time of adoption.
When you adopt a dog at the Saratoga County animal shelter, the Town receives notification from the shelter and will send you a letter along with an information form, asking you to please complete the form and submit payment so that we can register the dog with the Town.
New York State requires that residents obtain a Parking Permit for Disabled Persons (hang tag) from the Town in which they reside.
*** Please note that License Plates for Disabled Persons are only available from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. ***
*** There is no charge for Parking Permits for Disabled Persons, and New York State allows you to have one or two. ***
You will need the following two items for temporary or permanent permits:
1. A completed New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Application for a Parking Permit or License Plates, for Persons with Severe Disabilities
*** Please make sure the form is complete, and includes signatures by both you and your doctor.
Temporary Parking Permits for Disabled Persons:
Permanent Parking Permits for Disabled Persons:
Temporary Parking Permits for Disabled Persons are NOT renewable:
Permanent Parking Permits for Disabled Persons ARE renewable in the Town of Ballston:
If the above two conditions apply to you, we will have your application form on file so you will not need a new form from your doctor.
Options for renewal of your permanent parking permits:
Please call the Town Clerk's office at 518-490-2502 with any questions.
Marriage licenses may only be issued in person at Town Hall, 323 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.
Appointments are preferred, available Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Both parties must be present and must bring the following to the appointment:
1. Proof of age (one of the following) - must be a minimum of 18 years old:
2. Identification (one of the following):
3. If previously married please bring all that apply to you:
4. Payment of $40.00
Visit the Information on Getting Married in New York State page on the NY State Department of Health website for much more information on marriage licenses, requirements, name change options, etc.
The officiant applicant must:
Doing Business As (DBA) licenses are issued by the Saratoga County Clerk's Office.
This office is located at:
40 McMaster StreetBallston Spa, NY 12020
For more information call 518-885-2213
A Certificate of Residency is required by many community colleges for college students or for high school students taking college classes. It proves New York State residency so you can pay the in-state resident tuition rate.
The Town of Ballston can issue Certificates of Residency for Town residents under certain circumstances:
To get a Certificate of Residency at the Town Clerk's office the following conditions must apply:
***If any of these conditions do not apply, the Town Clerk's Office cannot issue a certificate; you must apply through the Saratoga County Treasurer's Office:
40 McMaster StreetBldg. 1Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-884-4724
Visit the Saratoga County Certificate of Residency information page
If the above conditions apply, you will need the following items to apply for a Certificate of Residency:
1. A Certificate of Residency application
2. Two proofs of address
In person only:
Please call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502 with any questions.
The Freedom of Information Law, commonly known as "FOIL" (Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sections 84-90), is New York State's principal statute regarding public access to government records. For more information about FOIL, please visit the New York State Committee on Open Government.
1. A completed Freedom of Information Law Request Form (be as specific as possible about the information you are requesting)
Viewing the information at Town Hall is free.
Having copies of the information emailed to you is free.
Certified transcripts (copies) of marriage certificates may only be issued by the agency that issued the original marriage license, or by the New York State Office of Vital Records.
If you are not sure if your original marriage license was issued by the Town of Ballston, call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502 for assistance.
If your original marriage license was issued by the Town of Ballston, you will need the following three items to get a certified transcript of your marriage certificate:
1. A completed Vital Records Request Form
3. Payment of $10.00 per transcript
If your original marriage license was not issued by the Town of Ballston and you're not sure where it was issued:
*** If you were born at Benedict Hospital in Ballston Spa, the Town of Ballston does not have your birth certificate. Please call the Village of Ballston Spa at 518-885-5711 for assistance. ***
To find out if your birth certificate is filed with the Town of Ballston, call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
If your original birth certificate was filed with the Town of Ballston you will need the following three items to get a certified transcript (copy):
If your original birth certificate was not issued by the Town of Ballston and you're not sure where it was issued:
Certified transcripts (copies) of death certificates are only available from the agency that issued the original death certificate.
The following people are eligible to get a copy of a death certificate (from the New York State Office of Vital Records ):
If you are not the spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased you must document a lawful right or claim. For example, you may need a death certificate to claim a benefit. You would need an official letter from the agency saying you need the death record to process the claim.
If you are eligible, you will need the following four items to get a certified transcript (copy) of a death certificate:
2. Driver's License
4. Documentation as required
To find out if the Town of Ballston has the genealogical birth, death, or marriage records you are looking for, call the Town Clerk's Office at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
To get uncertified transcripts (copies) of genealogical records you will need the following three items:
1. A completed Genealogical Records Request Form
3. Payment of $11.00 per transcript
If the Town of Ballston does not have the records you are looking for, the New York State Office of Vital Records may have them.
Visit the Community Room rental page for information and policies.
Please contact the Town Clerk's Office with any questions at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
Visit the Ballston Lake Fire Department Memorial Park rental page for information and policies.
*** Please note that rental covers only use of the pavilion; the park will remain open for public use.
Please call the Town Clerk's Office with any questions at 518-490-2800 ext. 2502.
Visit the Jenkins Park Pavilion rental page for information and policies.
Saratoga County residents can register to vote or make changes to their voter registration through the Saratoga County Board of Elections.
To register to vote for the first time, or to make any changes to your voter record, including your party affiliation, name, address, etc., complete and submit a New York State Voter Registration Form.
Please note that forms must either be dropped off in person or mailed to:
Saratoga County Board of Elections 50 W. High St. Ballston Spa, NY 12020
For more information, including important deadlines and general voting information, visit the Saratoga County Board of Elections home page. For more specific information regarding party changes, address changes, and name changes, visit the Saratoga County Board of Elections Registering to Vote page.
Saratoga County residents can obtain an absentee voting ballot from the Saratoga County Board of Elections.
View a New York State Absentee Ballot Application (PDF).
To apply online, visit the Saratoga County Board of Elections Voting Information page. Absentee voting information and useful links are halfway down the page.
New York State registered voters can find their polling place by visiting the NY State Board of Elections Poll Site Search page.
Saratoga County registered voters can view a list of election day poll sites at the Saratoga County Board of Elections Polling Place Information page.
For information on early voting, including dates and locations, visit the Saratoga County Board of Elections home page.
There are several options to pay your water bill:
1 - In person via cash, check or credit card (3% credit card processing fee applies)
2 - Via payment drop box at Town Hall - located outside the back entrance and in the Water Department
3 - Over the phone via credit card (3% credit card processing fee applies)
4 - Mail a check to:
5 - Scan the QR code on your bill with your phone and pay online
6 - Online via municipalonlinepayments.com/ballstonny