The purpose of the Town of Washington Building Department is to provide for a minimum level of protection from the hazards of fire, inadequate building construction and improper maintenance in residential and non-residential buildings through the enforcement of Local and State codes, rules, and regulations. Enforcement is enacted through the issuance of permits, notices and orders, performance of inspections and issuance of certificates.
In the Town of Washington, both State and Local codes require that no person or organization shall begin to excavate, construct, demolish or change the nature of the occupancy of a property without having first applied for and obtained a permit.
In order to assure that your project is completed safety and in accordance with all town requirements, a building permit is required for most types of home improvements. To ensure a thorough review of your plans, your application for a permit should be filed at least two weeks in advance of the start of your project. Some projects require permits and approvals from other entitities such as the Town Highway Superintendent, Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals, the Dutchess County Board of Health, Planning Department or Public Works or the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation or Department of Transportation. Approvals from these entities must be received prior to the approval of a building permit.