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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 that 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.
If your proposed shed will be larger, visit the Permit Application Forms section of the Building Department page. Applications include instructions for submittal.
Please note that 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.
Choose the permit application that fits your project from the Permit Application Forms section of the Building Department page. Applications include instructions for submittal.
The Building Department does not conduct electrical inspections. If your permit requires an electrical inspection, the following inspection agencies are Town-approved:
Atlantic Inland - 518-857-6235 or 518-692-9295
Middle Department Agency - 518-399-4753 or 518-273-0861
The Inspector, LLC - 518-363-0181 or 800-487-0535
To view available Building Department records, such as building permits, architectural drawings, septic plans, etc., for a property, whether owned by you, 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.