Steven Procopio, Codes Enforcement officer
Meeting Schedules – Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals
Unless otherwise notified, meetings for the Planning Board are held on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Cicero Town Hall, in the courtroom. There is also an Agenda Workshop meeting held at 9:00 a.m. the Wednesday prior to each Planning Board meeting. This is an ‘advice and counsel’ meeting to work with people who have filed site plan applications. These meetings are posted on the website calendar.
The meetings for the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) are held the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Cicero Town Hall, in the courtroom. Please check the website calendar for cancellations or changes.
Services of the Planning & Zoning Office
This department is responsible for the issuance of all building permits and code enforcement issues for the Town of Cicero.
We will be happy to discuss your future projects and concerns. Below you will find the basic requirements for the review and issuance of building permits.
Building Permits are required for any new construction, to include:
- Any addition to the house (e.g. deck, porch, garage, etc.)Any structural, plumbing, or electrical alterations
- Any swimming pools (above ground or in-ground), these also require an electrical Permit (applications for Electrical may be obtained in the Zoning & Planning Office), there are also certain guidelines for fences for pools
- Any storage shed (no matter the size)
- Any demolition of buildings/pools,etc.
- Any fireplace, pellet stove, wood stove, etc.
- Any signs (signage)
Applying: When applying for a Building Permit (sample here), an application must be obtained from the Planning and Zoning Office. Fees are based on the value of the work and; therefore, vary. Please submit an accurate copy of your survey indicating where the work will occur. Comprehensive construction plans must be submitted with the application. Surveys are most likely kept with your mortgage papers.
Fencing: The installation of a fence does not require a Building Permit, but cannot be installed in a drainage swale or an easement, and cannot exceed six feet in height. No solid fence is allowed in a required front yard. You may place the fence on your property line, with the finished side facing the neighbors.
Corner lots: Corner lots are more restricted because of the building line setbacks. We suggest that you bring a copy of your survey to our office with any questions on proposed construction.
Drainage: You must maintain drainage easements (swales) including mowing, as the property owner. They must be kept clear of grass clippings, debris, trees, etc., in order to maintain the correct flow of water.
Flooding: If you live in the 100-Year Flood Zone, a Flood Plain Development Permit must be applied for along with your Building Permit for ANY work. In some cases, a Flood Plain Permit must be obtained for work that does not require a Building Permit (such as siding, windows, painting, grading, etc.)
Please contact our office at (315) 699-2201 with any questions or for additional information.
The Town of Cicero Code Book can be located here.
Zoning-specific Codes can be located here.
Forms and Documents
For your convenience, several documents are available on this website. Those include:
- Zoning or Drainage Complaint Form
- Building Permit Form (sample)
- Official Town of Cicero Highway Map
- Drainage Improvement and Maintenance Standards document
All of these documents are available at the Forms and Documents page.