Building Inspector / Code Enforcement

Obligations & Duties of the Building Department / Bureau of Code Enforcement
Mission Statement
The promotion and practice of monitoring and inspecting, general construction practices, and overall building conditions as prescribed by New York State (NYS) and the Code of the City of Schenectady. Promoting safe business and living conditions for all structures and property, as it relates to the quality of life and wellness, through the practice of code enforcement as prescribed by NYS and the City code. To manage and resolve complaints and concerns of the public as it relates to the code of the City and the State.

Responsibilities of the Office of Code Enforcement
The Office Code Enforcement is charged with the enforcement of the following national, state, and local codes and ordinances.
  1. The National Electric Code
  2. The New York State Fire Protection and Building Codes
  3. The New York State Multiple Residence Law
  4. The City of Schenectady Building and Plumbing Standard Ordinance
  5. The City of Schenectady Electrical Standards Ordinance
  6. The City of Schenectady Housing Standards Ordinance
  7. The City of Schenectady Swimming Pool Ordinance
  8. The City of Schenectady Certificate of Occupancy Ordinance
  9. The City of Schenectady Rental Certificate Ordinance
  10. The City of Schenectady Zoning Ordinance
  11. The City of Schenectady Vermin Infestation Ordinance
  12. The City of Schenectady Intensive Code Enforcement Plan
  13. The issuance of appearance tickets
  14. Electrical repairs to City Administrative Buildings
  15. Plumbing repairs to City Administrative Buildings
Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) Duties and Obligations
  • Monitor and Inspect Permitted Construction
  • Stop or Prevent Non-Permitted Construction
  • Respond and Resolve Reported Complaints and Violations
  • Register and Monitor Vacant Buildings and Property
  • Perform State Required Public Assembly Inspections
  • Provide Public Service and Information Regarding NYS and City Code
  • Response to Catastrophic Events and Emergencies
  • Promote General Welfare and Safe Living and Working Conditions
Housing Inspector (HI) Duties and Obligations
  • Registration of Rental Property
  • Rental Unit Inspections
  • Section 8 Housing Inspections and Condition Reviews
  • Response and Maintenance of Reported Complaints and Violations
  • Neighborhood Code Compliance Reviews (NCCR)

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