City of Binghamton, New York

Apply for a Building Permit

According to Section 200-9 of the Code of the City of Binghamton, a Building Permit is required for any work which must conform to the New York State Uniform Code.

The scope or type of work that requires a Building Permit includes the construction, enlargement, alteration, improvement, removal, relocation, demolition, or extension of structures, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. The installation or construction of a solid-fuel-burning heating appliance, chimney or flue is subject to permitting, as well.

Please note that a Building Permit must be obtained and displayed on premises before any work is performed or started by the applicant or designee.

Categories of Work Subject to Building Permit

General Construction – Principal work is general construction or related trades and General contractor holds Prime Contract for project. Required for alteration, renovation, addition, or new construction or installation in all structures or elements thereof.

Electrical Prime – Principal work limited to electrical and licensed Electrical contractor is Prime Contractor for the project. Required for all electrical work subject to permitting (as above), including electrical power service connection. Permitted electrical work performed in all types of occupancies except owner occupied/residential (single/two family) structures, must be performed by a licensed Master Electrician.

Plumbing Prime – Principal work limited to plumbing and licensed Plumbing contractor is Prime Contractor for the project. Required for all plumbing work subject to permitting (as above), including Water or Sewer service or service laterals. Permitted plumbing work in all types of occupancies including owner occupied/residential (single/two family) structures, must be performed by a licensed Master Plumber.

Demolition - Required for all demolition work or activity that effects a structural element of a building, including wall assemblies. Evidence of compliance with NY State Code Rule 56 required. Landmark structures and structures located in historic districts subject to prior review and approval by Commission on Architecture and Urban Design.

Sewer Service - Required for any new connection, modification or extension of sewer service. Work of this type may be subject to Infiltration & Inflow requirements. Additional documentation required, as below.

Street Work Permit - Required for any work of any type that is performed in a public Right of Way, including placement of dumpsters and construction trailers. General Liability insurance required. Please note that Street Work Permits are administered by the Department of Engineering. Click here to view the application.