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When do you need a permit on Long Island?

In Long Island, New York, you must get a building permit for any home addition or commercial building addition.  While the process of obtaining a permit can often be confusing, permits are a required part of any selling and legalization process—meaning that a lack of permits can hold up a sale, and greatly impact the process of both buying and building. Seth Pitlake, a Licensed Real Estate Sales Person in Merrick, NY, explained this to Newsday by saying, “an open permit will show up on a title search…and most lawyers will want all permits closed in order to pass clean title.”
Each town, village, and city in Long Island sets up different requirements for issuing permits as well as different building codes and fees attached to the permits. For information about the permit regulations for a specific area, contact the local building department or reach out to Milrose Consultants for assistance.
In Long Island, permits are typically required for the following types of work:
  • Decks and patios
  • Dormers
  • Central A/C and generators
  • Finished basements
  • Attics
  • Office space
  • Bathrooms
After a permit has been issued, the construction work can begin. Upon completion, the local building department will inspect the work to ensure it was done correctly in accordance with local building code. Typically, prior to the closing of any building permit, an approved final building inspection from the local building department is required. If the final inspection passes (at the discretion of the building inspector), a certificate of occupancy or certificate of completion is issued.
If you have any questions or need clarifications about permit regulations for a project based in Long Island, please don't hesitate to contact Milrose Consultants for guidance. 
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