This division of Public Health is responsible for the administration and enforcement of New York State
Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Codes in Chenango County. The goal of
this division is to insure that new and existing homes, shops, restaurants, places
of worship, work places, and all buildings within the county are safe for those
who enter. This is accomplished by overseeing the planning, construction,
and use of all buildings.
Chenango County Fire and Building Code Enforcement Department enforces the NYS Fire and Building codes for all municipalities within Chenango County except: Town and Village of Greene, Town of New Berlin, Village of Earlville and the City of Norwich.
These are issued to applicants, plans and specifications submitted for
compliance review with New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Codes.
Permits are issued for heating units, swimming pools, buildings, and
Fire Prevention Inspections
Regularly scheduled Fire Prevention and Safety inspections are conducted
in places open to the public. The purpose of these inspections is to educate
property owners regarding fire safety and to identify any possible hazardous
conditions. Owners are made aware of any violations and follow-up
inspections are conducted to verify compliance. Typical violations
are blocked exit doors, improper storage of combustible materials,
insufficient emergency lighting, outdated fire extinguishers, and overuse
of extension cords. Most property owners appreciate our advice and
become more vigilant once the violations are identified.
All bonafide complaints are responded to and investigated by our
inspectors. Follow-up on corrections of violations are addressed.
Staff is available to assist builders, homeowners, and design professionals
with any code-related questions by accessing building codes, testing
laboratories, as well as federal & state agencies. Information
regarding pool safety and current regulations are also made available.
Cooperation with Other Agencies
The Code Enforcement staff work closely with Environmental Health, Nursing
staff, Child-Protective Services, the Department of Social Services, the
Department of Environmental Conservation, Town and Village Officials,
local Fire Departments, and the Office of Emergency Management in an
attempt to provide a safe and clean environment for all residents of