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Building & Zoning Contact Info

Don Smith

Building Inspector

phone icon (845) 677-8321
fax icon (845) 677-1195
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Candy Rheder

Building Department Clerk 

11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Nancy Patrick

Zoning Administrator

phone icon (845) 677-8321
fax icon (845) 677-1195
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9:00 am - 2:30 pm


Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 3:00pm

Inspections by Appointment
1:00 pm - 4:00pm

home icon 10 Reservoir Dr
       Millbrook, NY 12545

The Building and Zoning Department is responsible for the effective, timely and consistent enforcement of local and state laws.  One of the major responsibilities of the Department is the issuance of building permits, demolition permits and certificates of occupancy.  Prior to the issuance of any permit, the Building Inspector performs site inspections and conducts a full review of the property.





  1. Send a written request to the Building Department, P O Box 667, Millbrook, NY 12545
  2. Include the Name of the Property Owner
  3. The physical address of the property
  4. The tax id (grid #)
  5. Name and phone number of the person making the request
  6. A check in the amount of $200.00 made payable to “The Town of Washington”
  7. Enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope
  8. Allow a minimum of two weeks for the request to be processed

Building & Zoning FAQs

The fee for residential construction, alteration and renovation is $.40 per square foot.  Fees for other types of work vary and may be viewed on the Town’s website.

If all required approvals are completed, a building permit is normally issued within 3 business days.

You have the right to file for a variance from the Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.  To be placed on the agenda, you should call the Zoning Board secretary, Nikki Caul at 677-8080.

Setbacks vary according to the zone you are in.  A list of setbacks for the various zones is found in Appendix B of the Town Zoning Code.

A second residential structure on your property will need approval by the Town Planning.  You should know before you proceed that Town code requires that you have double the acreage of the zone you are in.  For instance if you are in a 10 acre zone, you would be required to have 20 acres of land.  Furthermore, Department of Health approval will be required.

State Law requires the Building Department to have stamped plans for a structural project over $20,000 in cost.

When do I need inspections on my projects?

Typically, inspections include:  footings, walls, drainage, framing, insulation, and final Certificate of Occupancy.  An electrical inspection must also be done by a third party agency.

Yes.  Demolition permits are required for the removal of a structure or the substantial alteration of a structure.

In as much as large tents are addressed by the state building code, a permit is required.

The building department is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 12:00 with the exception of holidays.  The inspector makes most inspections between these hours, but will make other arrangements when necessary.

The Building Department is open from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Inspections are by appointment.