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.
pdf Building Permit Application (6/2021) - Required for all actions requiring Building Inspector Approval
pdf Swimming Pool Barrier Agreement (6/2021) - Required for all Pools, Hot Tubs and Spas
pdf Owner's Endorsement - Required if the owner is authorizing another person or entity to make an application on their behalf. If property is in a partnership, LLC or corporation additional information is required.
pdf BP-1 Form - To be submitted in lieu of proof of Workers Compensation when work is being completed by a property owner or contractor who is a sole proprietor.
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.