Building Department

Lee Heim, Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer
Office Hours: Tue 11:30AM – 3:00PM, Thu 7:30AM – 10:30AM
Office Location: Philmont Village Office, 124 Main Street
Phone: (518) 672-7032
Cell: (518) 755-4657
Email: [email protected]

Elyse DeRuzzio, Code Enforcement Officer
Phone: (518) 965-5453


All forms

  • The Code Enforcement Office staff are here to help. From questions concerning a potential property purchase to questions about plans for property improvements, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are confident you will find our staff knowledgeable and courteous.
  • If you observe an unsafe or unsanitary condition in Village, we want to help remedy that situation. Our initial effort will always be to pursue voluntary cooperation; however, if those efforts fail, other enforcement options will be pursued.
  • We encourage everyone to take pride in their property, to be considerate of their neighbors, and to keep the Village of Philmont a great place to visit and live.

Building Permits
  • Please note that our involvement with proposed property improvements, besides being mandated by State Law, is undertaken for the property occupant’s safety and well-being.
  • The building permit process starts with a review of an application (Building Permit Application), includes a review of the proposed work location to assess compliance with zoning regulations, a review of the proposed construction plans to assess compliance with applicable state building and energy codes, periodic site inspections to ensure that the approved plans are being followed, and ends with the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance following a Tenancy Inspection (Tenancy Inspection Application).
  • The property owner is ultimately responsible for ensuring that all required Code Enforcement Office inspections, as listed on the building permit, are called for and completed. Coordination with your General Contractor and/or subcontractors on this issue is extremely important.
  • Occupying or using a building or portion thereof that does not have a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance is a violation of Local and State Law.

State & Local Laws
  • The Village of Philmont and New York State have established laws that mandate minimum standards for construction, fire safety, and property maintenance (New York State Property Maintenance Code).
  • Landlords are required to furnish a working heating system, water-supply system, sewage-disposal system and other life-safety features for their tenants.
  • Swimming pools without proper fences will not be tolerated. Not only the property owner’s family but invited and uninvited guests could accidentally drown without such protection.
  • New York State requires smoke alarms in every bedroom and in the hallways outside of bedrooms. Carbon monoxide alarms are also required on each floor of a home that has a potential source of this deadly gas. This requirement is retroactive for all existing dwellings and is similarly required for all non-residential uses.

Residential Rental Property Registration & Inspections

Permits & Applications
  • New driveway connections to the road require a Driveway Permit. Driveway Permit Application.
  • A Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion is required after a building permit is issued. Open and expired Permits are a violation. Please contact the Building Inspector when the project is complete to schedule a final inspection. Tenancy Inspection Request.

Quick Links
A map showing the zoning districts of Philmont

Winter Village Laws: No on-street parking from midnight to 6am, Dec. 1 - Apr. 1. Sidewalks that are not cleared of snow and ice 24 hours after a storm will be cleared by the village at a cost of $2 a linear foot to the property owner of the adjoining premise. Read the local laws.

Register Your Rental Property or Vacant Building with the Philmont Buildings Department.

To Speak at Village Board Meetings: Remember to sign up before noon the Friday before by
emailing [email protected], calling (518) 672-7032, or stopping by the Village office.

Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution | 2023

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