Director of Code Enforcement: Steven Procopio firstname.lastname@example.org
Code Enforcement Officer: Faith Alheim
Code Enforcement Officer: James Holmes
Code Enforcement Officer: Brian Johnstone
Code Enforcement Officer: Dominic Puchalski
Clerk: Heidi LaLone
Clerk: Tonia Mosley
Part-time Clerk: Stacey Obleman
Town Board Liaison: Councilor Becallo
Phone: 315-752-1180 ext. 504
The Zoning & Planning department is responsible for the issuance of all building permits and code enforcement issues for the Town of Cicero as defined in the Town Code Book. Contact the department to discuss future projects and concerns, and find basic requirements for the review and issuance of building permits below.
Find sign permits applications, building permit applications, site planning applications, zone variance and other forms and instructions on the Forms, Licenses & Permits page in the “Building Permits’ section, the “Sign Permits” section, or the “Site Planning and Zoning Forms” section.
Find drainage complaint forms and code enforcement complaint forms on the Forms, Licenses & Permits page in the “Complaint Forms” section.
Zoning & Planning Fees: View here.
Zoning Maps: Zoning maps are being updated and will appear here when complete. If you need specific information, please contact the Zoning and Planning office.
MS-4 Annual Report: Town of Cicero Annual Report 2022-2023 draft
Any comments need to be in by May 24, 2023.
Zoning is basically a set of rules which control the use of land and how the land may be built upon. Zoning rules apply to all real property in the Town of Cicero. However, there are many different types of zoning and zoning districts. For each zone there are limitations on the allowable use, building size, setbacks, along with other miscellaneous restrictions.
The zoning classification of your property may be found on your tax bill or can be found on the Zoning Map of the Town of Cicero, available at the Department of Zoning & Planning.
A variance is something that is applied for with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). This procedure normally takes place when a decision of the Codes Enforcement Officer or Planning Board is appealed. The ZBA is vested with exclusive jurisdiction to hear and decide appeals involving any interpretation of the Zoning Law or issues related thereto, including but not limited to district boundaries, nonconforming uses, or other similar matters.
A permit is a formal document authorizing commencement of some action or work subject to regulations. Permits are issued to fulfill legal mandates, to protect the health and safety of the general public and to insure compliance with construction drawings, specifications and adopted building and fire codes.
Building Permits are required to: (but not limited to).
Building Permits are not required to: (but not limited to).
Large scale construction projects may also (highly likely) require approval from the Planning Board and/or Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), New York State Department of Transportation (DOT), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and Onondaga County Department of Planning. Smaller scale projects may require approval from the (ZBA) when special variances are sought or required. For further information concerning zoning requirements, please contact the Department of Zoning & Planning.
A professional architect/engineer licensed to perform work in New York State must provide original stamped and signed plans and specifications to the Town when proposed construction is for non-residential new construction or more than $20,000 in alterations.
A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is your assurance and final certificate that all construction work is in conformance with the NYS Building Codes along with other applicable laws and regulations. The (CO) is issued by the Department of Zoning & Planning upon satisfactory completion of all work authorized by a Building Permit, receipt of all inspection certificates from outside agencies such as plumbing, electrical, etc.
A building permit is valid for twelve (12) months from the date of issuance and at six (6) months if work is not commenced within that timeframe.
A suggested listing of approved Electrical Inspectors/Agencies may be obtained from the Department of Zoning & Planning.
Issuance of a permit will vary depending on the nature or size of the project. Generally for minor construction it may take three (3) to five (5) business days. However, a plan review of a new dwelling/structure may take two (2) to six (6) weeks to complete a review. In all cases, times are commensurate with the size of the project, approving Town agencies, completeness of the submitted plans, specifications and required submittals.
You will NOT be able to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or Certificate of Compliance (CC). The law provides that a STOP WORK ORDER be issued and fines may be imposed. Additionally, any work found not in compliance with applicable codes, rules and regulations will have to be corrected or removed.
View the Municipal Code of the Town of Cicero here or call the Department of Zoning & Planning at 315-699-2201.