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  Departments  >  Planning and Zoning  >  Permitting & Code Enforcement  >  Frequently Asked Questions

PERMITTING & CODE ENFORCEMENT

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the Town Hall open?
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, excluding holidays. 

 

How much are Building, Planning and Zoning fees?

Fee Schedule

 

When is a development permit needed?

Generally, a permit is needed for any building construction; any structural or architectural improvement or alteration; or installation or replacement of a fence, pool, shed, heating devices, signs, etc.


What about solid waste/refuse/recycling services?
Residential garbage for one, two or three family dwellings is collected weekly by the current hauler, Butler Disposal, along with recyclables. Brush and yard waste is collected by the Town Highway Department from May through October with leaves vacuumed thereafter.


When do boards/commissions meet?
Boards and Commissions meet monthly on the following days:

Town Board 2nd and 4th Mondays (7:30 PM)
Advisory Conservation Commission 1st Wednesday (7:30 PM)
Planning Board 2nd and 4th Thursdays (7:00 PM)
Police Commission 2nd Thursday (8:30 AM)
Zoning Board of Appeals 3rd Monday (7:00 PM)

 

How can I get help for sewer problems?

If you suspect the problem is outside your home/building you may call a plumber or the Onondaga County Sewer Maintenance office at (315) 435-3157. This number is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If the problem is on the “public side” (i.e. in the street or in the sewer lateral to your property line) then the County and Town are responsible for repairs. If the sewer problem is on the private property side, the owner is generally responsible for repairs or maintenance.

 

How do I initiate an inquiry or complaint?

Contact the Planning & Zoning office by phone at (315) 446-3910 x 3 or email at plan_zone@townofdewitt.com and we will respond as soon as possible.

 

FOR COMPLAINTS, Complete the Inquiry Form and submit to:

Planning and Zoning
Town of DeWitt
5400 Butternut Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Fax: (315) 449-0620 

 

What can be done about water in my yard/basement?
Seasonal water on a property or in a below-grade room such as a basement is common and is generally the responsibility of the property owner. If another property owner is directly placing water on your property by way of piping or the water is dirty as a result of soil erosion contact Planning & Zoning at (315) 446-3910 x 3 or the Highway Department at (315) 437-8331.

                           
Do I need an electrical or plumbing permit?
Electrical work involving circuit additions or extensions and a new or replacement panel  box requires a permit. In the Town of DeWitt such permits and inspections are provided by a Town-authorized inspection agency that you will hire. Currently there are three town-authorized agenciesPlumbing work involving the extension, relocation or addition of any fixture or line requires a permit from Plumbing Control of Onondaga County.


How do I obtain floodplain or wetlands information?
Contact the Planning & Zoning office by phone at (315) 446-3910 x 3 or email at plan_zone@townofdewitt.com.

 

How do I obtain a Certificate of Compliance or Zoning Compliance letter?
Send a letter with your specific request, name and contact information, property identification (i.e. address and/or tax parcel number), and $50 check made out to Town of DeWitt to the address below. Please allow ten business days for completion of the research and inspection.

Building, Planing and Zoning

Town of DeWitt
5400 Butternut Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057

 

How can I obtain information about utility availability?

Sanitary Sewers O’Brien & Gere Engineers (315) 956-6100

Sidewalks/Street Lights Highway Department (315) 437-8331

Water Water Department (315) 446-3734 or 

(315) 437-8331 After Hours

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