The Town of Seneca Falls Code adopted on 10/1/2013 is now ONLINE!
- Click here for the Town of Seneca Falls Code
Hardcopy in Code Binders are available by calling the General Code fulfillment center at 1-855-436-2633. New maps and Zoning Application forms are available for review on the Zoning & Code Enforcement page. Pamphlets on specific topics of Subdivisions and Zoning are available at the Town Offices for purchase.
Commonly asked questions:
The following are common asked questions pertaining to the Zoning Code of the Town of Seneca Falls . By no means is the content presented below meant to be the only code of the Town. For a complete copy of the Town of Seneca Falls code please contact the Town Offices.
Why does the Town have Zoning codes?
The intent of the zoning code is to establish comprehensive controls for the orderly development of land in the Town of Seneca Falls , based on the general plan for the Town and enacted in order to promote and protect health, safety, comfort, convenience and the general welfare of the people.
How do I know what zone I live in?
All lands within the Town of Seneca Falls shall be included within at least one of the established land use control districts as shown on the Zoning Map. The map is on file at the office of the Town Clerk, Municipal Building , Seneca Falls , for inspection.
When do I need a Zoning Permit in the Town of Seneca Falls ?
Generally you need a permit for the following:
(1) New construction including houses, garages, commercial structures, additions and accessory structures.
(2) Adding apartments to existing structures.
(3) Roofing, windows and siding.
(4) Demolition of structures.
(7) Swimming pools.
(8) Satellite dishes.
(9) Decks and patios.
(10) Change of use permits.
It is always advised to contact the Zoning Officer before you start any project to ensure you are in compliance with Town code.
What happens if my permit is denied?
This does not mean that the Zoning Officer disapproves of your project. What it means is that pursuant to town code, your project does not conform to the zoning code. This then enables the applicant to submit an appeal to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
What do I have to do to submit my project to the ZBA?
Depending on the zoning code that forced the denial of the permit, you will need to supply additional information for the ZBA. These procedures can be obtained from the Town Offices.
What are the consequences if I decide to undertake my project before I get my zoning permits?
A violation shall be an offense, punishable by a fine not to exceed $350 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both, for a conviction for a first offense; a fine not to be less than $350 nor more than $700 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both, for a conviction for a second offense within a period of five years from the date of the commission of the first offense; a fine not to be less than $700 nor more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both, for a conviction for a third or subsequent offense within a period of five years from the date of the commission of the first offense. Each day's continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation.
How do I register a complaint?
Whenever a violation of the zoning code occurs, any person may file a complaint in regard to the alleged violation. All such complaints must be in writing and shall be filed with the Zoning Officer, who shall properly record such complaint and carry out an investigation.