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  • Before You Build: Small Projects

    The Building Codes Review ensures that your project will be constructed safely and in compliance with all regulations for fire prevention, public health and safety, and environmental impact. Construction documents and plans must be submitted to the City’s Permit Office for review; depending on the complexity of the project, plans may also be routed to the Zoning, Fire, DPW, Engineering, and Water Departments for review.

    The Zoning Review ensures that your project meets specific criteria for design and use that were developed to protect the quality of residential, commercial and other types of property. Every property in the City of Syracuse has a specific zoning designation, so the first step is to determine if the project you want to build is allowed within that specific zoning district.

    Do I Need a Permit or Zoning Review?
    Click here for a guide to the permit, zoning, and historic review requirements for common residential and commercial projects. Circumstances with your property or project might be different – please call the Permit Office or Zoning Office to be sure. Unauthorized work can result in Stop Work orders, citations, and fines.

    Small Projects “How To”
    Click here for a step-by-step guide to these common projects: Fence, Sign, Deck, Pool & Hot Tub, and Addition

    Drawing to Scale
    Various internet sites, such as,,, and others, offer instructions for drawing floor plans, site plans, and elevations to scale.

    Know Your Contractor
    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. Additionally, you can access helpful tips that will assist in selecting a reputable contractor, and links to state and county agencies which offer consumer assistance and the ability to check the status of a contractor’s license. Visit

    For more information, contact the Permit Office or the Zoning Office.

    For larger projects, see Development Process.

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