Building and Zoning

Our offices are on the second floor of the Town Hall. We are the first stop for all proposed construction within the Town of Skaneateles and are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Town Code and the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention Code and the International Building Codes. and arranging for required permits and inspections. We are also responsible for investigating all complaints regarding building, zoning and property maintenance violations and issuing notices of violation and court appearance tickets when necessary. Codes Officer Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm.  Office:315-685-0833. Cell: 315-329-4471. Fax 315-685-0839. This office does not accept anonymous complaints.


Curt Coville, Codes Enforcement Officer

RJ Cunningham, Deputy Codes Enforcement Officer  

Michelle Jackson

 For Zoning Inquiries on Properties:

This includes working with developers, contractors and property owners; advising and coordinating with the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals and the Town, County and State agencies. Please contact:

Karen Barkdull, Planning & Zoning Clerk


Zoning Inquiries Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Building and Zoning Resources

Know Your Contractor Web Site. The Office of the Attorney General provides New Yorkers the tools they need to make informed decisions when it comes to hiring a home improvement contractor. You can search to see which contractors have been subject to legal action, and which contractors have had substantiated consumer complaints filed against them. Visit

Access the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code Online

Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide

Dig Safely New York (Underground Facilities Protection)

National Fire Protection Association

Swimming Pool Code Requirements

The following third party inspection agencies are the ONLY approved Electrical Inspectors in the Town of Skaneateles:

All plumbing work must be performed by a master plumber licensed in Onondaga County and only after a plumbing permit has been issued by: Plumbing Control, Onondaga County (315) 435-6614

Stormwater Pollution Prevention
During any construction if you will be disturbing 1 or more acres, please visit the following websites for more information about the requirements of the Phase II Stormwater Permit Program and Regulated Construction Activities:

All new septic system designs and modifications to existing septic systems, including but not limited to substantial renovations, alterations and additions resulting in an increase in the number of bedrooms and encroachment on any component of the existing system must be approved by:

  • Onondaga County Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health Jeff Till, P.E., Director (315) 435-6600

Other Contacts:

  • Onondaga County Department of Transportation (315) 435-3176
  • Syracuse Onondaga County Planning Board (315) 435-2611
  • Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District (315) 677-3851
  • NYS Department of Transportation (315) 672-8151
  • City of Syracuse Water Department (315) 685-6486 Fax (315) 685-8160
  • NYSDEC Region 7 Office (315) 426-7504
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (716) 879-4104 Local field office (315) 255-8090