Contact Information

Department Head: Len Russo

(914) 424-2811 (cell) (email)

Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday 11:00 am-12:30 pm for walk -ins.  All other times are by appointment only (see the schedule for more details)*

 Important Information

Please be advised that no work should begin on a property until the resident of that property, the designer, contractor, or architect has contacted the Building Inspector for guidance and the proper permitting procedures.  The Building Inspector is the only entity that can issue the proper permits and fees.

Documents and Links:

A-Frame Sign Memorandum

Underground Storage Tank Removal

Emergency Standby Generator Information

Please be advised that Chapter 34 of the Village Code has been revised effective June 12, 2012 as per Local Law 3 of 2012 New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code which can be found on the link in this message and under Documents and Links to the right of this message until the actual revisions appear in the Village Code book.  Please contact the Building Inspector with questions as needed.

Please be advised that as of Tuesday, May 1, 2012 building permits are required for all roofing and window replacement improvements to properties.  Please contact the Building Inspector for further information at (914) 424-2811.

Carbon-Monoxide Information

Please be advised that the New York State Building Code has been updated.  This update requires the mandatory installation of carbon-monoxide detectors in all residential homes throughout New York State.  Carbon-monoxide detectors can be purchased in hardware/appliance stores as well as online.  Residents should be aware that the detector should bear a “UL” designation and be placed at floor level within the home.  For more information about this law, please consult the article below.

Carbon-Monoxide Detectors: The Journal News Sunday, February 21, 2010


Through the full-time Building Inspector/Plan Examiner/Code Enforcement Official the Village of Pelham Building Department on a daily basis meets and consults with the owners of residential and commercial properties, and their builders and architects to provide advisement for the development of plans that comply with local and state codes for various types of construction projects and business uses.  The Building Department is supported by a part-time Village Engineer.

The department also staffs the three Land Use Boards – Architectural Review, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals – and coordinates with the Village Administrator’s and Clerk's Offices to see site plan, special permit and other applications through the land-use processes.  The Board of Trustees holds final site plan approval authority, based on the report and recommendations of the Architectural Review and Planning Boards.  The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial Board authorized by New York State Law with appeals authority under the local Village zoning code, and makes decisions regularly on special permit, variance and other appeals applications.

The Building Department issues building permits and makes inspections for buildings under construction, improvement, or in a state of poor maintenance and/or disrepair.  Inspections are made of existing housing and commercial properties for related complaints and Code enforcement.  Also issued are plumbing permits, oil tank removal permits, street opening permits, sidewalk replacement/repair permits, fence permits, electrical permits, sign permits, awning permits and sidewalk café permits.  Upon completion of work authorized by a permit, the department transmits the estimated value added to real property under construction to the Pelham Assessor’s Office, and supplies the Town Engineer with a copy of the plans for all Building Permits in order to update the Tax Maps and records. 

The Department also maintains records and assists property and title research companies by providing information to residents, realtors and attorneys.  It researches records in order to provide certification letters and closing certificates to title companies and attorneys regarding the status of existing buildings in the normal course of the property refinance, mortgage and/or sale and transfer processes.

Building Department Activity:

From June 1st to May 31st a running total of permits is kept including building, electrical, and plumbing permits.  A report including the building department activity is supplied to the Village Administrator in preparation for the budget for the following year.



 In order to best serve the needs of the public, and the various other professionals who must deal with the Building Inspector, a schedule has been created.

Please review the schedule and participate in the following manner:

From 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday the Building Inspector will be in the office to meet with tradesmen, architects, homeowners, and contractors.  He can be seen within that time without an appointment on a first come first serve basis. Due to obligations in keeping appointments for making field inspections NO ONE CAN  BE SEEN AFTER 12:00 P.M. WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.  FRIDAYS ARE FOR APPOINTMENTS ONLY.  NO WALK-IN VISITORS WILL BE SEEN ON FRIDAY OR AFTER OFFICE HOURS MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

Appointment times are  from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm Monday thru Friday and these are typically reserved for the projects that require more involvement with Village land use boards and require more time.

Please contact the building inspector at 424-2811.

Please call ahead for an appointment or inspection.