Category Archives: Code Enforcement

A stream of overflowing water

Did You Experience Flooding From Seneca River & Seneca Lake Due to Storms Along Ontario Lake & St. Lawrence Sea-Way?

If you are someone in Seneca County who may have experienced flooding from Seneca River and Seneca Lake due to the recent storms along Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence Seaway – We want you to know that funds are available to assist homeowners (primary and non- primary residences) who have experienced damage to their home or property as a result of the recent flood event:

Lake Ontario Homeowner Recovery Fund

Overview
NYS Homes and Community Renewal has made available up to $15 million in Affordable Homeownership Development Program Funds to support homeowners that have been affected by the severe flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The program seeks to offer recovery assistance for which insurance or other disaster recovery assistance is either not available or insufficient, providing up to $50,000 for homeowners to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage caused by flooding, as well as the repair or replacement of permanent fixtures.

The program will be administered through participating not-for-profit housing organizations.

Eligible Activities
Funds will reimburse homeowners for interior and/or exterior repairs to structural damage caused by the floods, and other related costs, as well as for the repair and/or replacement of permanent fixtures. Eligible activities include but are not limited to the repair or replacement of foundations, septics, electrical systems, mechanicals, insulation, and drywall.

Eligible Recipients
In order to be eligible to receive assistance, property owners must have occupied the property as their primary residence at the time of the flood.

Second homes are eligible for assistance provided the total annual income of the occupants is less than $275,000.

(Click here for a PDF copy of the application)

Completed applications should be returned to:
Sheen Housing, PO Box 460, Bloomfield, New York 14469
Questions, please call {585} 657-4114 or email sheen2@rochester.rr.com

 

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.

 

Notification and displaying placards for truss type pre-engineered wood or timber construction required in Residential Structures

Notification and displaying placards for truss-type, pre-engineered wood, or timber construction required in Residential Structures

 Effective January 1, 2015

Beginning on January 1st, 2015, you must notify Seneca County Code Enforcement (as part of your building permit application), and affix a truss placard on your structure, for any project that includes new construction, repairs, alterations, or additions that include trusses or pre-engineered wood construction components.

Seneca County Code Enforcement Officials will not issue a Certificate of Occupancy for a residential building that contains truss-type construction, pre-engineered wood construction or timber construction unless the notification is completed and the truss placard is affixed in the proper location.

This new requirement is provided for in Chapter 353 of Executive Law § 382-b of the Laws of 2014, and effective 1 January 2015. In addition, a new Part 1265 has been added to Title 19 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), which prescribes both the form to be used to notify code enforcement officials that truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction is to be used in a residential structure; and also the sign or symbol to be affixed to the exterior of a residential structure that has been constructed, added to or rehabilitated using truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction. New Executive Law § 382-b does not apply, and this rule will not apply, in New York City.

new york state building standard and codes

New 2014 State Commercial Energy Conservation Construction Code

Effective January 1, 2015

On November 18, 2014 the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council voted to adopt an update to commercial provision of the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS). The ECCCNYS 2014 will primarily effect Commercial building construction and renovation and is in effect throughout New York State as of January 1, 2015.

The ECCCNYS addresses the design and construction of energy-efficient building envelopes and the installation of energy-efficient mechanical, lighting and power systems through requirements emphasizing performance. This comprehensive code establishes minimum requirements for energy-efficient buildings using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It makes possible the use of new materials and innovative techniques that conserve energy.

The ECCCNYS is comprised of three components:

2012 International Energy Conservation Code.– The Energy conservation requirements for commercial buildings are found in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) as modified by the 2014 New York State Supplement.

2014 Supplement to the 2012 IECC – The New York State-specific modifications to 2012 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010 Standards.

ASHRAE 90.1-2010 – The 2012 IECC provides multiple compliance options for commercial type buildings. The first compliance option is the use of ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010 (the minimum standard established by the DOE) or compliance with the Commercial Provisions of the 2012 IECC. The 2014 Supplement provides modifications to the ASHRAE 90.1-2010.

Commercial buildings must be designed in accordance with the IECC 2012 as modified by the 2014 Supplement. The IECC allows alternative design by with the ASHRAE 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings, Except for Low Rise Residential Buildings, also as modified by the 2014 Supplement. Electronic copies of all the documents are available below.