Building Department

How We Serve You

The Building Inspector and his assistants are the enforcement authority for the Zoning Ordinance, Building Code, rules and regulations for fire prevention, and a myriad of other regulations of the Town of Bedford. This department also reviews plans and conducts inspections through the numerous stages of a construction project. If you are thinking about doing anything to your home– inside or out– you are well advised to make a phone call to the Building Inspector’s Office your first priority. 

Permits are required for:

  • Accessory structures, including sheds
  • Additions
  • Demolition 
  • Electrical work (electricians must be licensed by Westchester County)
  • Fences & Walls
  • Finished basements
  • Generators
  • Oil tanks (installation & removal)
  • Permanent signs (commercial properties)
  • Plumbing, including gas (plumbers must be licensed by Westchester County) 
  • Renovations
  • Replacement windows
  • Roofs
  • Swimming pools
  • Tents
  • Tree removal
  • Wood burning stoves

For questions about when a permit is required or if you need a Certificate of Compliance or Certificate of Occupancy, contact our office.

Legalizations & Building Without a Permit

Please be advised: If caught building without a permit, the Town Board has adopted a legalization fee of $1000 plus the original permit fees. This fee is also in effect for any construction that was not filed prior to the adoption of this fee. This includes finished basements, decks, pools, etc. An already-built shed is $500 plus the original permit fees.

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