Onresidential properties, fences erected in the front yard or along any side or rear street line must not be more than 4’ in height. In side and rear yards, the fence may be 6’ in height as long as this is not a corner or through lot. As long as the fence is on your property and conforms to these height restrictions, no permit is required.
If you have a corner lot, a through lot, or are located near a tidal or freshwater wetland or the bluff, then you should call the Building Department and speak to staff regarding the proposed fence and your particular property.
Yes, but this request must be made through the FOIL(Freedom Of Information Law) process. FOIL requests must be made to the Town Clerk, who will then route the request to the applicable Departments. More information and/or an electronic request may be found through the links on the left side of the Town homepage at www.townofriverheadny.gov.
Yes. NewYork State mandates that all swimming pools/hot tubs require permits, even storable/non-permanent pools. The sole exception being “where such pools are designed for a water depth of less than 24 inches and are installed entirely above ground.” Pool permits are usually issued in less than 2 weeks, and are often turned around in a few days. Fences and alarms will be required according to Code to ensure safety for our residents and their guests.
Yes. There is an exception for single-family dwelling properties where one shed under 144 sf is allowed without permit as long as it is located in the rear yard and at least 5’ from property lines. There are some caveats to this exception, for instance if your property is located near a tidal or freshwater wetland, a bluff, or within the Pine Barrens Overlay District, a permit and additional approvals may be required. It is always best to contact the Building Department and speak to a member of our staff regarding the proposed shed and your particular property.
Yes.The New York State Department of Education requires that a NYS licensed design professional stamp building plans. There is an exception for alterations to buildings costing twenty thousand dollars or less, which do not involve changes affecting the structural safety or public safety thereof. For example, a plan for finishing a basement without structural changes may not require a design professional’s seal. All plans submitted must be accurate and to scale, and are subject to review comments.
Reviewand processing of complete applications takes approximately 2 to 4 weeks. Many residential applicants can obtain a permit within 2 weeks, barring any missing documentation, approvals or fees. Commercial applications often require approvals from other agencies, such as Site Plan, Fire Marshal, Suffolk County Health Department, etc, so the time frame may be extended, but applicants will typically get review comments within that 2 to 4 week window.
Permitfees are based on the estimated cost of construction. Building Inspectors use an accepted evaluation to estimate the cost of a project based on lineal or square footages, and applicants are required to submit an estimated cost on the application. For large projects, permit fees approach 1.2% of the estimated cost of construction.
BuildingDepartment clerical staff can give you the zoning district on a property and you may consult with the Town Code to read about permitted uses. A Building Inspector may be able to go more in depth with the types of applications and approvals required, but the more information you have the better we can assist you.
Should your commercial project seem viable, we may be able to direct you to the Planning Department to get on the agenda for a presubmission conference to informally discuss particulars with Town personnel at one of our regularly scheduled Tuesday Meetings.
Thesetypes of questions must be directed toward the Assessor’s Office, 631-727-3200 x-255, as Building Department staff will not and cannot be able to answer any questions about property taxes.