Click here to download the Building Permit Application Form.
Completed applications, including payment of cash or check, may be submitted in person, via the US Postal Service or placed in the drop box outside of the Town of Cicero Town Hall. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications via email.
Click here to view building permit instructions. The Town also maintains a list of approved electrical inspectors, available here.
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 Department of Zoning and Planning), 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)
- Any fence
Applying: When applying for a Building Permit, an application must be obtained from the Department of Zoning and Planning. 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.
Certificate of Occupancy (CO): As of June 1, 2014, temporary certificates of occupancy (TCO) will no longer be issued, unless under extreme circumstances, those as deemed necessary by the authority of the director of code enforcement.
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 Easements: No person shall fill, obstruct, block or materially alter water drainage in a right-of-way or easement or permit such water drainage easement to remain filled, obstructed or blocked. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to mow, cut or otherwise maintain the grass or other plants and foliage growing in, over and around the easement.
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.). Click Here to download the Flood Plain Development Permit.
Grading, Excavation and Fill: Before any excavation or filling of more than 10 cubic yards is commenced for any purpose (other than those excepted in section120-3B of the chapter) and sand, gravel, rock, topsoil, turf or earth is removed from the ground or placed on it, the owner or agent of the owner or lessee of the premises shall obtain a permit from the Planning Board. Please contact the Department of Zoning and Planning with any questions or for additional information.