City of Glen Cove Building and Planning

The responsibility of the Building Department is to ensure that all buildings and structures within the City meet or exceed the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Codes and comply with Land Use Regulations. We provide consultative services to commercial and residential builders and issue necessary permits to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the community. It is also the responsibility of the Building Department to monitor all Glen Cove building and development projects while under construction and assist in planning and development within the City limits by providing construction plan review, timely issuance of permits and building inspections as well as issue Certificates of Occupancy. Please consult the Building Department before you construct or change use.

The Building Department is here to help you with your project and pride ourselves in providing exceptional internal and external customer service. We provide efficient, responsive and timely issuance of permits and strive be the best on Long Island when it comes to permits as well as inspections. Our staff members are a knowledgeable, highly trained and strongly committed to addressing the concerns of Glen Cove’s growing population.

Current Activities:

      • We are implementing a new computer system to integrate all property folders onto a database to streamline the review, processing and issuance of Building Permits. This change will create a more user friendly interaction for the resident and reduce paper throughout the work environment. We are currently in the process of scanning all City property folders and look forward to implementing this system in August 2015.

The Building Department believes that community education is critical to help residents and commercial builders navigate the City’s building codes and requirements. One key question that is always top-of-mind is: what requires a permit? A rule of thumb is: if it involves structural changes, it requires a permit”

What activities require a permit?

      • Additions to buildings, including garages, porches and decks.
      • Interior work that requires structural changes.
      • Finishing of basements
      • Swimming pools over 18 inches in depth – (yes, a ½ in-ground pool is considered an in-ground pool).
      • Sheds (including prefabricated sheds), barns, garages, greenhouses
      • Wood and gas stoves, fireplaces
      • Roofing, siding, and replacement windows
      • Signs
      • Demolition
      • Electrical service changes and repair
      • Air Conditioning Units and Generators

Freedom of Information Law – F.O.I.L. Requests

Residents requesting to view municipal information must do so through a FOIL request form obtained in the City Clerk’s office. The form can be submitted to the Building Department where we will review the form for its completeness, locate the specific property folder and then notify you that it is available to review. As we are in the middle of the scanning and digitizing exercise, some folders may not be available in a timely manner but will be completed within the time allotted by law. We appreciate your patience. Residents looking to review their own property folder can do so without filing a FOIL request and please provide the proper I.D. at the Building Department counter located on the third floor of Glen Cove City Hall.

Selling your home?

When a property is sold through a multiple-listing association, the owner must disclose any improvements or repairs made and if permits and inspections were obtained. Many financial institutions will not finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection for work done. If you decide to sell a home that has had modifications without a permit, you will be required to hire an Architect or Engineer, take out a building permit for the illegal work performed, and get it inspected. We ask homeowners to be pro-active prior to listing their properties to ensure they have the proper paperwork. This is a time saving activity as most real estate agents do not do the research for you concerning old vs. new work and once it is discovered that work was done without permits, it will hold up the closing date. Be prepared. Make sure all certificates have been obtained for all work completed on your home.

“Zombie Houses”:

Abandoned homes plague our neighborhoods and bring down property values. The Building Department has been working with the banks and property maintenance companies associated with these properties to keep the disrepair at a minimum. There are currently 12 properties that we have in our database as abandoned and un-occupied and we will continue to monitor these as it is our goal to get them fixed-up and occupied as fast as we can. We also continue to identify the mortgagees of these properties to make sure they maintain the properties in question. If they do not, the city maintains them and places a lien on the properties to recoup the costs. If you suspect a house on your block of being abandoned, please notify the Building Department.

Building Department Forms (PDF)