Zoning laws for additions in Westchester & Putnam Counties in NY

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 Zoning laws for additions in Westchester
& Putnam Counties in NY


Zoning laws for additions or renovations in Westchester and Putnam Counties can vary significantly from one municipality to another, as zoning is typically handled at the local level. Here are some general steps and considerations for understanding and navigating these laws:

General Steps:

  1. Determine the Local Jurisdiction: Identify the specific town, village, or city where the property is located. Each has its own zoning regulations.
  2. Consult the Local Zoning Code: Review the local zoning code, which is usually available on the municipality’s website or at the local planning or building department.
  3. Check Zoning Districts: Identify the zoning district for your property and understand the permitted uses and restrictions for that district.
  4. Review Specific Regulations: Look into specific regulations for additions and renovations, such as:
    • Setback Requirements: Minimum distance from the property line to the structure.
    • Lot Coverage: Maximum percentage of the lot that can be covered by buildings.
    • Height Restrictions: Maximum height allowed for structures.
    • Floor Area Ratio (FAR): Ratio of the building's total floor area to the size of the lot.
  5. Obtain Necessary Permits: Most renovations and additions will require building permits, and some may also require special permits or variances if the project does not conform to zoning requirements.
  6. Consider Historical Districts: If the property is in a historical district, additional regulations may apply.

Key Contacts:

  • Local Building Department: For building permits and inspections.
  • Planning/Zoning Board: For information on zoning codes, variances, and special permits.

Westchester County:

  • Westchester County Department of Planning: Provides resources and links to municipal zoning regulations.
  • Building Departments in Specific Towns/Cities: Each town or city has its own building department that can provide detailed information and guidance.

Putnam County:

  • Putnam County Planning Department: Offers resources and guidance on local zoning regulations.
  • Local Municipal Offices: Contact local town or village offices for specific zoning codes and requirements.

Example Municipalities:

  1. Town of Bedford (Westchester County):
    • Bedford Town Code is available online.
    • Contact Bedford Building Department for permit applications and requirements.
  2. City of Peekskill (Westchester County):
    • Peekskill Zoning Code is available on the city’s website.
    • Peekskill Building Department handles permits and inspections.
  3. Town of Carmel (Putnam County):
    • Carmel Zoning Code is accessible through the town’s website.
    • Carmel Building Department manages building permits and zoning compliance.
  4. Village of Cold Spring (Putnam County):
    • Cold Spring Village Code can be found online.
    • Cold Spring Building Department oversees building permits and zoning matters.

Online Resources:

  • Westchester County GIS: An online mapping tool to help determine zoning districts and other land use information.
  • Putnam County Parcel Viewer: Provides parcel-level data that can include zoning information.

For detailed and specific information, contacting the relevant local building or planning department directly is highly recommended. They can provide the most accurate and current information tailored to your specific project and location.