Code Enforcement

Important Code Enforcement Office Notes:

  • A building permit is required for a storage shed over 144 square feet.  Otherwise, as long as it is not anchored to the ground it is considered a temporary structure and no permit is necessary.  It is highly recommended, however, that you place even a temporary structure on your property so that it meets the town setbacks for your zoning district.  It is always best to be a good neighbor.
  • A building permit is required for all roof work. You are allowed to go over an existing roof once.  After that, according to NYS Code, you must do a tear off down to the sheathing and then put a new roof on.
  • Structure siding no permit is required.
  • New windows with structural changes requires a permit.
  • Any structural changes to a residence requires a building permit and architectural plans.
  • Any alterations whose cost exceeds $20,000 require architectural plans.
  • A building permit is required for septic systems new or repair.
  • You need to obtain a septic system inspection and report prior to transfer of property.  In addition, you need to have both well and septic system approval before a building permit can be issued for a new home.  Also, if an addition or alteration includes adding bedroom space, it too requires septic approval.  Depending on where your property is located in the town, you will need to contact either Tyler Ohle, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Inspector at 585-396-9716 or Tad Gerace, Conservation District Technician at 585-396-1450.

The best rule of thumb for you to follow would be if you are in doubt as to whether you need a building permit for a project, small or large, call before beginning the project. Such things as demolition, electrical, plumbing, decks, swimming pools, hot tubs, additions, renovations, new homes, structures, roofs, septic systems new or repair require a building permit.

Once a building permit has been issued, the property owner/contractor are responsible for contacting the Code Enforcement Office to set up inspections per the permit to receive a final Certificate of Compliance or Certificate of Occupancy.

7/16/2020 – Effective immediately a short-term rental operating permit is required:

      • Review the new Town laws on Short-Term Rentals and Noise (Noise was amended 12/9/2019)
      • Short-Term Rental Permit Application and Fee Schedule listed below

Application Packets/Information:

Affidavit of Exemption to Show Specific Proof of Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coverage for a 1, 2, 3, or 4 Family, Owner-occupied Residence
Approved Electrical Inspectors
Building Permit Application
Certificate of Non-Conformity Application
Demolition Building Permit Application
Dock Boat House and Boat Station Building Permit Application
Fee Schedule
Floodplain Development Permit Application
Generator Site Selection and Preparation
New Home Building Permit Application
Planning Board Application 
Short-Term Rental Permit Application
Solar and Generator Permit Application
Steep Slopes Permit Application
Swimming Pool Permit Application
Timber Harvest Permit Application
Town of South Bristol Code
Town of South Bristol Steep Slopes Map
Town of South Bristol Zoning Map
Transfer of Real Property Inspection of Wastewater Treatment Systems
Wood Gas and Solid Fuel Burning Permit Application
Zoning Board of Appeals Application
Zoning Code Violation Notification

Code Enforcement Hours

Monday-Thursday 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM (Hours May Vary)

Friday – Town Hall Closed

 **Please give at least 24 hours notice for inspections**

Code Enforcement Officer

Phil Sommer
ceo@townofsbny.org

585-374-6341 Ext. 3

Planning Board & Zoning Board of Appeals Assistant

Diane Scholtz Graham
admin@southbristolny.org

585-374-6341 Ext. 5

Planning Board & Zoning Board of Appeals Assistant Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM;  Friday – Town Hall Closed

Planning Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 pm

Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the 4th Wednesday at 7:00 pm

**Please check the website calendar, community bulletin board, important documents and notices for meeting changes.