Permits and Applications

Building Permit Fees

Residential Building Permit: Remodel, Repair, & New Construction
$50.00 Base Fee
+ $5.00 per thousand of construction cost
+ $0.10 per square foot

Commercial Building Permit: Remodel, Repair, & New Construction
$75.00 Base Fee
+ $5.00 per thousand of construction cost
+ $0.15 per square foot

Shed Permit
$30.00 Base Fee
+ $0.20 per square foot for sheds over 144 square feet

Fence Installation Permit
$30.00 Base Fee
+ $0.15 x the length of the fence in feet

Roof Permit
$25.00 Base Fee
or $0.05 per square foot whichever is greater

Miscellaneous Building Permits
Swimming Pool $50.00 + the cost of an Electrical Permit
required for these projects
Furnance Installation $50.00
Central Air/Air Conditioning $50.00

Sign Permit
Non-Illuminated $50.00 Base Fee + $1.00 per square foot
for signs over 20 square feet
Illuminated $75.00 Base Fee
Billboards $100.00 Base Fee

Flood Ordinance Review (as required by Local Law #2 of 1987)
Plan Review $40.00 + engineering fees at cost, if required*
Inspection/Certificate of Compliance $40.00
*for more information, contact Public at (607) 737-5679


Plumbing Permit Fees

Existing Structure
Fixture Replacement $25.00 + $5.00 per fixture
Fixture Replacement with Roughing $20.00 per fixture
Hot Water Tank Replacement $30.00

New Construction
Residential: 1 or 2 dwelling $40.00 + $25.00 per bath
Residential: 3 or more dwellings $75.00 + $5.00 per fixture
Commercial $75.00 + $5.00 per fixture
Hot Water Tank Installation $30.00


Electrical Permit Fee

Residential Rates
$45.00 Base fee for 1-25 openings
+ $15.00 per each additional 10 openings
$65.00 Hot tub & above-ground swimming pool
$85.00 In-ground swimming pool
$125.00 Electrical survey

Commercial Rates
$75.00 Base fee for 1-25 openings
+ $25.00 per each additional 10 openings

Demolition Permit Fees

Residential: Value of Property
$1,000 and under $25.00
$1,001 to $5,000 $30.00
over $5,000 $30.00 plus $5.00 for each $1,000 increment over $5,000

Commercial: Value of Property
$3,000 and under $50.00
$3,001 to $10,000 $60.00
over $10,000 $60.00 plus $5.00 for each $1,000 increment over $10,000


Public Works & Engineering Fees

ALWAYS Call before you dig: 1-800-962-7962

General Excavation & Utility Permits (based on the age of the road)
Road paved less than 1 year ago $450.00
Road paved less than 2 years ago $405.00
Road paved less than 3 years ago $360.00
Road paved less than 4 years ago $315.00
Road paved less than 5 years ago $270.00
Road paved less than 6 years ago $225.00
Road paved less than 7 years ago $180.00
Road paved less than 8 years ago $135.00
Road paved less than 9 years ago $90.00
Road paved more than 9 years ago $45.00
Any other pavement/road $35.00
Lawn area $60.00

Curb Cut Permit
Granite/Stone Curb $7.00 per square foot
Concrete Curb $5.00 per square foot
Blacktop Curb $1.50 per square foot

Sidewalk Permit
0 to 20 feet No cost
21 to 100 feet $35.00
More than 100 feet $50.00

Sewer Cap Off Permit
Behind Sidewalk No cost
In City right-of-way $25.00

Other permits may be required from the following organizations

  • Chemung County Sewer District: (607) 733-2887
  • Chemung County Health Department: (607) 737-2028
  • Elmira Water Board: (607) 733-9179

Miscellaneous Fees

Certificate of Occupancy
Change of Occupancy- no construction $50.00
Temporary $50.00
New Certificate with construction
-Cost less than $100,000 $50.00
-Cost $100,001 to $500,000 $100.00
-Cost $500,001 to $1,000,000 $150.00
-Cost more than $1,000,000 $250.00

Letter of Compliance
1 or 2 dwelling units $40.00
2 or more dwelling units $60.00


Boards & Commissions Application Fees


Zoning Board of Appeals
Zoning Map $9
Copy of Zoning Ordinance $15
Zoning Variance Application $45

Historic Preservation Commission
Review Free

City Planning Commission (no zoning request)
Review Free


Note that permit fees are variable based on the complexity of the job, cost of the job, location of the job and several other factors that will contribute to additional permit fees due to a plan review, additional inspections, or the use of specialized materials. These fees are a guide and should not be considered absolute. Permit fees are subject to change. The decision of the Fire Marshall and Superintendent of Buildings is binding and final.

The information herein is subject to change and does not supersede that of the City of Elmira Code of Ordinances, Zoning Ordinances, New York State Building Laws or the decisions of the Superintendent of Buildings, Elmira City Council or any other City, County, State, or Federal Official.

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