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How do I know if I need to hire a licensed design professional?

Short answer: It’s complicated.

New York State requires that building permit applications to Seneca County Code Enforcement include plans stamped by a Design Professional (either a licensed Architect or a licensed Engineer) when NYS Education Law requires that plans be stamped by a design professional  ( http://www.dos.ny.gov/DCEA/pdf/Part1203.pdf ). 

What makes it complicated is that the requirements are slightly different for Architects and Engineers.

 

a.  All construction and alterations to a structure require plans stamped by a NYS-licensed Engineer.

Except:

1) stamped plans are not required for agricultural structures when the project costs less than $ 10,000, UNLESS the work affects the structural safety of the structure;

2) stamped plans are not required for residential structures with gross habitable floor area of 1,500 square feet or less if the project costs less than $ 10,000, UNLESS the work affects the structural safety of the structure.

 

See Chapter 16 of the Consolidated Laws; Title VIII: The Professions; Article 145 Engineering and Land Surveying, Section 7209 (http://codes.findlaw.com/ny/education-law/edn-sect-7209.html ).

b) All construction and alterations to a structure require plans stamped by a NYS-licensed Architect.

Except:

1) Agricultural structures;

2) Residential buildings with gross habitable floor area of 1,500 square feet or less;

2) Alterations costing $20,000 or less, UNLESS the work affects the structural safety of the structure.

 

See Chapter 16 of the Consolidated Laws; Title VIII: The Professions; Article 147 Architecture, Section 7307 (http://codes.findlaw.com/ny/education-law/edn-sect-7307.html ).

 

Choosing a Design Professional

We cannot recommend a design professional for your project.  Some direction is available via the New York State Education Department at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/arch/archbroch.htm and http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pels/lsbroch.htm

 

 

Proof of Insurance Requirements for Building Permit Applications

The New York State Department of Labor requires that Municipalities verify that the all projects requiring a Building Permit have valid Workers’ Compensation and Disability Benefits coverage.

Seneca County may not issue a Building Permit without proof of compliance with Section 57 of Worker’s Compensation Law.

 Acceptable Proof includes:

  1. a) an Affadavit of Exemption (BP-1) if the owner of a 1,2,3, or 4 Family Owner-Occupied residence is doing the work themselves; OR
  2. b) a CE-200 Certificate of Attestation of Exemption if your contractor has no employees or is a partnership; OR
  3. c) a Certificate of Workers’ Compensation Insurance (C105.2 or U26.3) AND a Certificate of Disability Benefits Compensation Insurance (DB120.1)

ACORD forms. 
ACORD forms or other form are NOT PROOF OF INSURANCE COVERAGE.  ACORD forms DO NOT meet the Workers Compensation and Disability Benefits Insurance requirement, and we MAY NOT ACCEPT ACORD forms.

Workers’ Compensation & Disability Benefits Certificates.
Please note that in the past, contractors have left their Certificates “on file” in our office. This is no longer feasible.  We are not able to track a Contractor’s Insurance Certificates in our records software. New Certificates MUST be presented for EACH job

Certificate Holder MUST BE Seneca County.
Workers’ Compensation & Disability Benefits Certificates are valid ONLY for the municipality listed as Certificate Holder (Box 2 on Form C105.2, the Right-hand Box labeled Certificate Holder on Form U26.3, and Box 2 on Form DB120.1). 

If you submit a Certificate with a municipality other than Seneca County, 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, NY 13165, the Certificate AND THE APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Certificate Verification.
Please note that this office verifies submitted Certificates with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to ensure that the coverage is valid.  Invalid certificates may result in an application being denied, and/or the certificates forwarded to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board for further investigation.

Liability Insurance.
Liability Insurance is NOT PROOF OF INSURANCE COVERAGE.   We do NOT require Liability Insurance. It will not be accepted in lieu of Workers Compensation and Disability Benefits Insurance. 

More information can be found at the New York State Workers Compensation Board website at http://www.wcb.ny.gov/.

Delinquent Property Taxes? Sorry, NO Building Permit

Section 4(d)(6) of Seneca County Local Law 2 of 2006, as amended requires that the Seneca County Department of Building and Fire Code Enforcement deny any Building or Operating Permit Application for properties that are subject to any lien for delinquent taxes as defined in section 1102, Article 11 of the Real Property Tax Law o the State of New York.

Further Section 4(d)(6) requires that the permit applicant provide proof that the property is not subject to any lien for delinquent taxes.

What this means is that if you apply for a Building Permit and your property (or your customer’s property if you are the contractor) has unpaid property taxes, we cannot issue the Building Permit. 

Payment Plan agreements with the Seneca County Treasurer DO NOT allow us to issue a Building Permit. 

Please note that while we have access to the County Treasurer’s tax payment records, not all Towns and Villages in Seneca County keep their tax records electronically, especially during tax collection season of January – May.  If you are applying for a Building Permit during this period, please be prepared to provide copies of the receipts of payment for your School, Town, and Village (if applicable) taxes.

 

Updated Building Permit Application for Roofing projects

SENECA BPA – ROOFING 31-Mar-2015The Department has updated the Building Permit Application for Roofing projects for your convenience.  This new version provides space for you to add your Contractor’s address, and it also includes the required Notice for Utilization of Truss Type Construction in the same file.

Older versions of the application are still accepted, but we think that you’ll find this one easier to use.