Patrick Smith, Building Inspector
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: (585) 617-6195 Fax: (585) 352-4590
Mission Statement: To protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents through enforcement of the NYS Building Code and the Code of the Town of Ogden.
•Provide control & direction of development to benefit the whole
•Maintain open communication
•Provide fiscal responsibility
We work with new homeowners and long-time residents interested in building new homes, or making alterations to existing ones, as well as people wishing to do commercial construction and alterations, including change in occupancies. Our staff will work with you to help make the building permit and certificate of occupancy (C.O.) process as simple as possible.
Building permit inspections and certificates of occupancy are your assurance and ours that your home and the buildings and stores in the Town meet the building codes for structural soundness and fire safety. The Town Codes are accessible via the internet.
In addition, the department is involved with all Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals applications.
Permits are now required for Pond Construction.
76- 9(B). Permitting Requirements on Single Family Lots. Where excavation and fill are proposed on a single family lot, the following shall apply:
1) Construction of Small Garden Ponds shall not require a permit.
2) Construction of Large Garden Ponds shall require a permit from the Building Inspector. The Building Inspector, upon the recommendation of the Town Engineer or the Superintendent of Highways, may impose such conditions and require additional safeguards as may be deemed necessary to protect the public health, safety and general welfare of the area.
3) Construction of Major Ponds shall require a permit from the Town Clerk of the Town of Ogden, subject to the approval of the Town Board in its discretion.
4) All other excavation and fill on single-family lots shall be exempt upon approval of the Town Engineer or Building Inspector.
POND, SMALL GARDEN -- A small water feature, with a depth of no greater than four feet, with an impervious liner, which is located on a single family lot and which complies with the following criteria: the pond has a surface area of 320 square: feet or less. Such ponds may contain aquatic plants, fish, fountains or other decorative elements.
POND, LARGE GARDEN — A large water feature, with a depth of no greater than four feet, with an impervious liner, which is located on a single family lot and which complies with the following criteria: the pond has a surface area of more than 320 square feet. Such ponds may contain aquatic plants, fish, fountains or other decorative elements.
POND, MAJOR — Any pond without an impervious liner.