Building Permit FAQ's
May 22, 2013
Building Permits Required: Except as
otherwise provided in subdivision (b) of this section, a Building Permit shall
be required for any work which must conform to the Uniform Code and/or the
Energy Code, including, but not limited to, the construction, enlargement,
alteration, improvement, removal, relocation or demolition of any building or
structure or any portion thereof, and the installation of a solid fuel burning heating
appliance, chimney or flue in any dwelling unit. No Person shall commence any
work for which a Building Permit is required without first having obtained a
Building Permit from
the Code Enforcement Officer.
Exemptions. No Building Permit shall be required for work in any of the following
construction or installation of one story detached structures associated with
one- or two-family dwellings or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses)
which are used for tool and storage sheds, playhouses or similar uses, provided
the gross floor area does not exceed 144 square feet (13.88 square meters);
installation of swings and other playground equipment associated with a one- or
two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses);
installation of swimming pools associated with a one- or two-family dwelling or
multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) where such pools are designed for
a water depth of less than 24 inches and are installed entirely above ground;
installation of fences which are not part of an enclosure surrounding a swimming
construction of retaining walls unless such walls support a surcharge or
impound Class I, II or IIIA liquids;
construction of temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and
installation of window awnings supported by an exterior wall of a one- or
two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses);
installation of partitions or movable cases less than 5'-9" in height;
painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, or other similar finish work;
installation of listed portable electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation or
cooling equipment or appliances;
replacement of any equipment provided the replacement does not alter the
equipment’s listing or render it inconsistent with the equipment’s original specifications;
repairs, provided that such repairs do not involve
the removal or cutting away of a loadbearing wall, partition, or portion
thereof, or of any structural beam or load bearing component;
the removal or change of any required means of egress,
or the rearrangement of parts of a
structure in a manner which affects egress;
the enlargement, alteration, replacement or relocation of any building system;
or (iv) the removal from service of all or part of a fire protection system for
any period of time.
Exemption not deemed authorization to perform non-compliant work. The exemption
from the requirement to obtain a building permit for work in any category set forth
in subdivision (b) of this section shall not be deemed an authorization for
work to be performed in violation of the Uniform Code or the Energy Code.
Grass and Clipping Collection
May 06, 2013
From Public Works Department:
The DPW will resume collection of grass clippings, leaves and lawn debris every FRIDAY morning, beginning at 6:00 AM. All limbs should be no longer then 4 feet in
length and should be tied or fastened together with string.
Please use biodegradeable bags, buckets, boxes etc. or placed loosely at curbside, as we want
to get away from use of plastic bags. Discontinuing the use of plastic bags will save us labor time and save you money as well.
If you have an excessive amount please call Street & Water Commissioner
Chris Weaver (857-7660 or 853-4335 x25) to make arrangements.
Letter from Mayor Peeler November 28, 2012
November 28, 2012
Letter from the Mayor Regarding the Fonda Fire Department
Dear Village of Fonda Residents and Taxpayer –
In staying in the statements I have made with regard to
maintaining communication with our taxpayers and residents, I find that I need
to bring you up to speed with what is happening, and what you may have read
about in our local media, regarding the Village Fire Department.
Summer Safety 20012 - American Academy of Pediatrics
June 09, 2012
Please make it a safe summer. Here are some helpful tips from the AAP:
FUN IN THE SUN
Babies under 6 months:
- The two main recommendations from
the AAP to prevent sunburn are to avoid sun exposure, and to dress infants in
lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the
neck to prevent sunburn. However, when adequate clothing and shade are not
available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF
(sun protection factor) to small areas, such as the infant's face and the back
of the hands. If an infant gets sunburn, apply cool compresses to the affected
For All Other Children:
- The first, and
best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is
covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward,
sunglasses (look for sunglasses that provide 97% -100% protection against both
UVA and UVB rays), and cotton clothing with a tight weave.
- Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak
intensity hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater that
protects against UVA and UVB rays.
- Be sure to apply enough sunscreen -- about one ounce per sitting for a young
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
- Use extra caution near water and sand (and even snow!) as they reflect UV
rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.
HEAT STRESS IN EXERCISING CHILDREN
- The intensity of activities that
last 15 minutes or more should be reduced whenever high heat and humidity reach
- At the beginning of a strenuous
exercise program or after traveling to a warmer climate, the intensity and
duration of exercise should be limited initially and then gradually increased
during a period of 7 to 14 days to acclimatize to the heat, particularly if it
is very humid.
- Before prolonged physical
activity, children should be well-hydrated and should not feel thirsty. For the
first hour of exercise, water alone can be used. Kids should have water or sports
drink always available and drink every 20 minutes while exercising in the heat.
Excessively hot and humid environments more prolonged and strenuous exercise,
and copious sweating should be reasons for children to substantially increase
their fluid intake. After an hour of exercise, children need to drink a
carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage to replace electrolytes lost in sweat and provide
carbohydrates for energy.
- Clothing should be light-colored
and lightweight and limited to one layer of absorbent material to facilitate
evaporation of sweat. Sweat-saturated shirts should be replaced by dry
- Practices and games played in the
heat should be shortened and more frequent water/hydration breaks should be
instituted. Children should seek cooler environments if they feel excessively
hot or fatigued.
- Never leave children alone in or
near the pool or spa, even for a moment.
- Install a fence at least 4 feet
high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or
protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.
- Make sure pool gates open out from
the pool, and self-close and self-latch at a height children can't reach.
- If the house serves as the fourth
side of a fence surrounding a pool, install an alarm on the exit door to the
yard and the pool.
- Keep rescue equipment (a
shepherd's hook ¬– a long pole with a hook on the end — and life preserver) and
a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue
equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct
- Avoid inflatable swimming aids
such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can
give children and parents a false sense of security.
- Children ages 1 to 4 may be at a
lower risk of drowning if they have had some formal swimming instruction.
However, there is no evidence that swimming lessons or water survival skills
courses can prevent drowning in babies younger than 1 year of age.
- The decision to enroll a 1- to
4-year-old child in swimming lessons should be made by the parent and based on
the child’s developmental readiness, but swim programs should never be seen as
“drown proofing” a child of any age.
- Whenever infants or toddlers are
in or around water, an adult – preferably one who knows how to swim and perform
CPR – should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.”
- Avoid entrapment: Suction from
pool and spa drains can trap a swimmer underwater. Do not use a pool or spa if
there are broken or missing drain covers. Ask your pool operator if your
pool or spa’s drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act. If you
have a swimming pool or spa, ask your pool service representative to update
your drains and other suction fitting with anti-entrapment drain covers and
other devices or systems. See PoolSafely.gov for more information on the
Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.
- Large, inflatable, aboveground
pools have become increasingly popular for backyard use. Children may fall in
if they lean against the soft side of an inflatable pool. Although such pools
are often exempt from local pool fencing requirements, it is essential that an
appropriate fence surround them just as a permanent pool would be so that
children cannot gain unsupervised access.
- Children should wear life jackets
at all times when on boats or near bodies of water.
- Make sure the life jacket is the
right size for your child. The jacket should not be loose. It should always be
worn as instructed with all straps belted.
- Blow-up water wings, toys, rafts
and air mattresses should not be used as life jackets or personal flotation
devices. Adults should wear life jackets for their own protection, and to set a
- Adolescents and adults should be
warned of the dangers of boating when under the influence of alcohol, drugs,
and even some prescription medications.
OPEN WATER SWIMMING
- Never swim alone. Even good
swimmers need buddies!
- A lifeguard (or another adult who
knows about water rescue) needs to be watching children whenever they are in or
near the water. Younger children should be closely supervised while in or near
the water – use “touch supervision,” keeping no more than an arm’s length
- Make sure your child knows never
to dive into water except when permitted by an adult who knows the depth of the
water and who has checked for underwater objects.
- Never let your child swim in
canals or any fast moving water.
- Ocean swimming should only be
allowed when a lifeguard is on duty.
- Teach children about rip tides. If
you are caught in a rip tide, swim parallel to shore until you escape the
current, and then swim back to shore.
- Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and
disfigurement that can last a lifetime.
- Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as
sparklers, can reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and can burn
users and bystanders.
- Families should attend community fireworks displays run by
professionals rather than using fireworks at home.
- The AAP recommends prohibiting public sale of all fireworks,
including those by mail or the Internet.
- Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your
- Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as
stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in
- Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or
- To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently back it out by
scraping it off horizontally with a credit card or your fingernail.
- Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be
avoided because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but the insect
repellent should not be reapplied.
- Use insect repellents containing DEET when needed to prevent
insect-related diseases. Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease, and mosquitoes can
transmit West Nile Virus and other viruses.
- The current AAP and CDC recommendation for children older
than 2 months of age is to use 10% to 30% DEET. DEET should not be used on
children younger than 2 months of age.
- The effectiveness is similar for 10% to 30% DEET but the
duration of effect varies. Ten percent DEET provides protection for about 2
hours, and 30% protects for about 5 hours. Choose the lowest concentration that
will provide the required length of coverage.
- The concentration of DEET varies significantly from product
to product, so read the label of any product you purchase. Children should wash
off repellents when they return indoors.
- As an alternative to DEET, Picaridin has become available in
the U.S. in concentrations of 5% to10%.
- The playground should have safety-tested mats or loose-fill
materials (shredded rubber, sand, wood chips, or bark) maintained to a depth of
at least 9 inches (6 inches for shredded rubber). The protective surface should
be installed at least 6 feet (more for swings and slides) in all directions
from the equipment.
- Equipment should be carefully maintained. Open “S” hooks or
protruding bolt ends can be hazardous.
- Swing seats should be made of soft materials such as rubber,
plastic or canvas.
- Make sure children cannot reach any moving parts that might
pinch or trap any body part.
- Never attach—or allow children to attach—ropes, jump ropes,
leashes, or similar items to play equipment; children can strangle on these.
If you see something tied to the playground, remove it or call the
playground operator to remove it.
- Make sure your children remove helmets and anything looped
around their necks.
- Metal, rubber and plastic products can get very hot in the
summer, especially under direct sun.
- Make sure slides are cool to prevent children’s legs from
- Do not allow children to play barefoot on the playground.
- Parents should never purchase a home trampoline or allow
children to use home trampolines.
- Parents should supervise children on play equipment to make
sure they are safe.
- Do not push your child to ride a 2-wheeled bike without
training wheels until he or she is ready. Consider the child's coordination and
desire to learn to ride. Stick with coaster (foot) brakes until your child is
older and more experienced for hand brakes. Consider a balance bike with no
pedals for young children to learn riding skills.
- Take your child with you when you shop for the bike, so that
he or she can try it out. The value of a properly fitting bike far outweighs
the value of surprising your child with a new one. For more information on
finding the proper fit, go to Healthychildren.org.
- Buy a bike that is the right size, not one your child has to
“grow into.” Oversized bikes are especially dangerous.
- Your child needs to wear a helmet on every bike ride, no
matter how short or how close to home. Many injuries happen in driveways, on
sidewalks, and on bike paths, not just on streets. Children learn best by
observing you. Set the example: Whenever you ride, put on your helmet.
- When purchasing a helmet, look for a label or sticker that says
the helmet meets the CPSC safety standard.
- A helmet protects your child from serious injury, and should
always be worn. And remember, wearing a helmet at all times helps children
develop the helmet habit.
- A helmet should be worn so that it is level on the head and
covers the forehead, not tipped forwards or backwards. The strap should be
securely fastened with about 2 fingers able to fit between chin and
strap The helmet should be snug on the head, but not overly tight. Skin
should move with the helmet when moved side to side. If needed, the
helmet’s sizing pads can help improve the fit.
Skateboard, Scooter, In-Line Skating and Heelys Safety
- All skateboarders and
scooter-riders should wear protective gear; helmets are particularly important
for preventing and minimizing head injuries. Riders should wear helmets that
meet ASTM or other approved safety standards, and that are specifically
designed to reduce the effects of skating hazards.
- While in-line skating
or using Heelys, only skate on designated paths or rinks and not in the street.
- Most accidents occur
due to falls. Inexperienced riders should only ride as fast as they can
comfortably slow down, and they should practice falling on grass or other soft
surfaces. Before riding, skateboarders should survey the riding terrain for
obstacles such as potholes, rocks, or any debris.
- Children should never
ride skateboards or scooters in or near moving traffic.
- Riders should never
skate alone. Children under the age of eight should be closely supervised at
- Source: http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;105/6/1352
- All ATV riders should
take a hands-on safety-training course.
- Children who are too
young to have a driver’s license should not be allowed to operate off-road
vehicles. Children are involved in about 30 percent of all ATV-related deaths
and emergency room-treated injuries.
- Don’t ride double.
Passengers are frequently injured when riding ATVs. Most ATVs are designed to
carry only one person: the driver. Passengers can make ATVs unstable and
difficult to control.
- Because their nervous
systems and judgment have not fully developed, off-road vehicles are
particularly dangerous for children younger than 16 years.
- All riders should
wear helmets, eye protection, sturdy shoes (no flip-flops), and protective,
reflective clothing. Appropriate helmets are those designed for motorcycle (not
bicycle) use, and should include safety visors/face shields for eye protection.
Wearing a helmet may prevent or reduce the severity of these injuries.
- ATVs lack the common
safety equipment found on all cars and trucks that are designed for street use.
ATV tires are not designed to grip on pavement, so operators should not ride on
paved roads. Parents should never permit nighttime riding or street use of
- Flags, reflectors and
lights should be used to make vehicles more visible.
- Drivers of
recreational vehicles should not drive while under the influence of alcohol,
drugs or even some prescription medicines. Parents should set an example for
their children in this regard.
- Young drivers should
be discouraged from on-road riding of any 2-wheeled motorized cycle, even when
they are able to be licensed to do so, because they are inherently more
dangerous than passenger cars.
Lawn Mower Safety
- Only use a mower with
a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go.
- Children younger than
16 years should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers. Children younger than 12
years should not use walk-behind mowers.
- Make sure that sturdy
shoes (not sandals or sneakers) are worn while mowing.
- Prevent injuries from
flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn
before mowing begins. Have anyone who uses a mower wear hearing and eye
- Do not pull the mower
backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for
children behind you when you mow in reverse.
- Always turn off the
mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass
catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or
- Do not allow children
to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers.
- Keep children out of
the yard while mowing.
- Drive up and down
slopes, not across to prevent mower rollover.
- Keep guards, shields,
switches, and safety devices in proper working order at all times.
- Children in the
vicinity of running lawnmowers should wear polycarbonate protective eye wear at
Annual Water Quality Report-2011 CCR
April 10, 2012
The 2011 Water Quality Report has been completed as required by the NYS
Department of Health. A copy is available to download at the "Water
Department" page. Copies will be printed and distributed at local area
businesses as well as the Village Office. If you need additional copies,
please call the Village Office at 518-853-4335.
From NYS Building and Fire Code Administration
May 12, 2011
Code Effective Date: December 28, 2010 (2010
Editions) U P D A T E D
19NYCRR 1221 - Building
Code of New York State (BCNYS)
19NYCRR 1227 - Existing Building
Code of New York State (EBCNYS)
19NYCRR 1220 - Residential Code of
New York State (RCNYS)
Topic: Procedure for Evaluation of Flood
Damaged Buildings or Improvements to an Existing
Questions have arisen regarding the procedure
for plan review for new buildings and additions in the flood plain, and for the
evaluation of improvements to an existing building and flood damaged buildings,
to determine if the required proposed work in the building is a substantial
improvement. "Substantial improvement" is defined in the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) regulations for the National Flood Insurance Program
(44 CFR 59.1) as being based on 50 percent of market value of the building. If
the building is damaged or to be improved, a licensed Real Estate
Appraiser shall ascertain the market value of the building before the
improvement or repair of the damage. Market value is usually determined by
comparison to other like or similar buildings in the immediate area and usually
has no relationship to the assessed value for tax purposes. FEMA guidance allows
use of assessed value of the structure (not including the land) divided by the
full value assessment ratio and shall be provided to the code enforcement
official, or other local authority involved, for review for a building
New buildings and substantially improved buildings in
flood hazard areas (including A Zone) or coastal high hazard areas (including V
Zone) are required to have the lowest floor elevated above the design flood
elevation (DFE) plus the appropriate freeboard of two feet for a residential
structure, or as determined by ASCE 24-05 for other structures. DFE is the
elevation of the "design flood," (including wave height) relative to the datum
specified on the community’s legally designated flood hazard map. Additions
which are a substantial improvement are required to comply. See Existing
Building Code of New York State Section 1003.5, Flood hazard areas and
Residential Code of New York State Section J803. See definition of
The DFE is used to define areas prone to flooding,
and describe, at a minimum, the base flood elevation (BFE) at the depth of peak
elevation of flooding (including wave height) which has a 1 percent (100-year
flood) or greater chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. The BFE
is the elevation of the base flood, including wave height, relative to the
National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), North American Vertical Datum (NAVD) or
other datum specified on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). New and
replacement manufactured homes (HUD seal) shall be elevated in accordance with
the above requirements and shall have appropriate anchors and
An individual who is a registered architect (RA) in
accordance with Article 147 of the New York State
Education Law or a licensed professional engineer
(PE) or licensed land surveyor in accordance with
Article 145 of the New York State Education Law shall
layout the placement for an addition, a new building or document the layout
(land survey) for a substantially damaged building or a building to be improved.
The land survey for a new building and for a substantially damaged building, the
as built, shall be provided to the code enforcement official for review for a
building permit. A registered design professional shall certify that the design
and methods of construction to be used meet the applicable criteria and submit
such to the code enforcement official for review for the building permit. Upon
completion of the building the registered design professional shall document the
final placement and elevation of a new building and a substantially damaged
New buildings required to meet the requirements of
Residential Code of New York State Section R324 or Building Code of
New York State Section 1612, respectively. For a summary of these
requirements see the Technical Bulletin entitled "Flood Venting in Foundations
and Enclosures Below Design Flood Elevation." If there is less than substantial
damage, there is no requirement under floodplain requirements to comply with
flood codes for older structures that were not constructed under the FEMA flood
codes. In buildings in need of repairs, where the damaged less than substantial,
only the repairs are required to comply with the codes.
For buildings that are substantially improved, or
have been substantially damaged, new and replacement electrical equipment,
heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing connections, and other service
equipment shall be located at or above the DFE. Electrical wiring and outlets,
switches, junction boxes and panels shall be elevated to or above the DFE unless
they conform to the provisions of the electrical part of the codes for location
of such items in wet locations. Duct systems shall not be installed below the
DFE. New and replacement water supply systems shall be designed to minimize
infiltration of flood waters into the systems in accordance with the plumbing
provisions of the codes. New and replacement sanitary sewage systems shall be
designed to minimize infiltration of flood waters into systems and discharges
from systems into flood waters in accordance with the plumbing provisions of the
codes. Building materials used below the DFE shall comply with the
1. All wood, including floor sheathing, shall be
pressure-preservative treated in accordance with AWPA U1 or decay-resistant
heartwood or redwood, black locust, or cedars.
2. Materials and installation methods used for
flooring and interior and exterior walls shall conform to the provisions of
3. All flood vents and air vents are required to
comply with FEMA TB-93-1.
As a aide to compliance for registered architects,
licensed professional engineers, land surveyors and code enforcement officials,
see the following plan review and inspection checklists:
Plan Review Checklist - Flood Hazard Area
Application Review - A Zones
Inspection Checklist - Flood Hazard Area
Inspections - A Zones
Plan Review Checklist - Flood Hazard Area
Application Review - V Zones
Inspection Checklist - Flood Hazard Area
Inspections - V Zones
Additionally, for each building subject to flood
hazard requirements, that is new, an addition and substantially damaged, an
Elevation Certificate is required to be provided by the registered design
professional to the code enforcement official, to certify the elevation
information, so that the community can maintain a record of the elevations for
flood insurance purposes within the community. The Elevation Certificate is a
standard form provided by the National Flood Insurance Program.
Inspection of Gas
There have been reports that some local
governments responsible for code enforcement have not been
conducting or otherwise providing for inspections of gas
piping and vent installations, as well as installation of
gas-fired appliances. These installations must be
approved as part of the permitting and inspection process,
as provided for in Part 1203, minimum standards for
administration and enforcement of the uniform code.
Specifically, section 1203.3(b)(2)(v) requires inspections
of building systems, including underground and
While it is a standard practice for code
officials to accept electrical inspection certifications, a
different situation prevails with regard to gas
installations. Unlike electrical installations and
associated inspections, there are generally not independent
third party inspection agencies, which are not associated
with either the installer or the public utility providing
supplies or transport of natural gas or LP-gas. Therefore, the required
inspections must be performed by the code enforcement
official, or an entity that provides the principal part of
an administration and enforcement program. Relying on
the utility provider for the inspection or the self
certification from the installation contractor is an
If necessary to fulfill this responsibility,
local governments should adjust their provisions for
inspections at appropriate intervals. In addition to
distribution piping rough-in, there should be provisions for
inspection of gas vents and the installation of
appliances. Special attention should be paid when
corrugated stainless steel tubing is utilized for gas
distribution, as described on the Division’s website, at
MOSA accepting recycling products FREE of charge
February 17, 2011
Electronics recycling at all MOSA transfer
stations is available free of charge for
residents and small businesses.
Included Items are:
mouse, CD/DVD players Computer Monitors
Batteries Paper & Commingled Recycling
Recyclables at all MOSA Transfer Stations
are currently being accepted
free of charge.
Solid Waste Management Authority
2783 State Route 7
P.O. Box 160
Howes Cave, NY 12092