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Adoption hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 3:30 pm as well as Saturdays 10:00 am through 2:30 pm. ALL animals adopted from BAARC leave the shelter spayed/neutered and all animals, except those under 6 months of age, receive a one year rabies vaccine. In addition, cats receive a FURVC vaccine and dogs are vaccinated with a four-in-one distemper in addition to Bordetella (Kennel Cough).
Adoption fees vary but in general the following rates apply:
Dogs: Female - $90.00, Male - $80.00 Puppies: Female - $77.50, Male - $67.50Cats: Female - $62.00, Male - $52.00Kittens: Female - $50.00, Male - $40.00
Adoption hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 am. to 3:30 pm as well as Saturdays 10:00 am through 2:30 pm. Before leaving the shelter, dogs are heartworm tested and given heartworm prevention during their stay here, dewormed, altered, and vaccinated for the following: Rabies, DAPPV, K9 Influenza, and Bordetella.
Before leaving the shelter, cats are FELV tested, dewormed, altered, and vaccinated for the following: Rabies, HCP, and Bordetella.
Adoption Fees: CASH ONLY
Resident fees include a dog licenseDOG/PUPPY ADOPTIONResident $90Non-resident $85
60 AND OVERDOG/PUPPY ADOPTIONResident $50Non-resident $45
Compatibility Check - You must bring your dog to see if they get along with a new friend. They can meet on leash in our BAARC in the Park.
60 AND OVER$35
Additional information about such services can be found through P.A.W.S. at (631) 539-2014.
You may spend time with your pet immediately before and after the procedure. There is a $65 turn in fee for dogs, $35 for senior citizens and a $35 fee to turn in cats, $15 for senior citizens. All fees are cash only.
BAARC is a humane municipal animal shelter and accepts all stray canines found within the Town's geographic borders. All animals that are adoptable or have medical conditions that are treatable, will stay at the animal shelter until they are adopted as long as there is room. The shelters save rate is about 88% for dogs and 96% for cats. This rate is calculated on the total intake of dogs and cats regardless of age, condition or temperament.
The Town does not set a limit to the number of cats a household can own. The Shelter acknowledges and supports Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) programs. Currently, there is a low cost TNR program for town residents and businesses caring for feral cats. For more information, call the Animal Shelter at (631) 643-9270.
Cats:Feral cats are the offspring of domestic cats that have not been socialized or domesticated. Cats in general are highly territorial and they will not roam very far from where they were born.
Community:Feral cats are a community problem and likely occur because of neglect and miscommunication. When cats who are not spayed or neutered are allowed to be outdoors for long periods of time roaming a community, the likelihood of feral cats increases.
The Town of Babylon's Department of Animal Control provides its community with several resources to curtail the feral cat population:
• Supplies residents and caregivers state of the art traps for the TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) of the feral cats• Supplies low cost $35 TNR vouchers so there is no cost to the residents and caregivers• Hosts regular seminars on the TNR program
Circumstances: Each colony of feral cats is unique, as are the dynamics and circumstances of the location. Feral cats also generally don't leave a community because of lack of food, on the contrary removing the food source will force the cats to roam further for food, cause them stress, and make them quite unhealthy.
Communication:Civil communication between parties affected by feral cats is a key factor in resolving the inevitable differences caused by the presence of feral cats. The caregiver cannot assume that everyone has the same devotion to cats as they do. It helps in the longterm to acknowledge the caregivers right to provide proper care for the cats as well as understanding that some neighbors to not share the same devotion. If all neighbors communicate and share a common plan to solve the feral cat problem, results will be swifter and tangible.
Cooperation:All people in a neighborhood are affected by feral cats; if the entire community works together to control the problem, results can be that much more swifter and tangible.
Time:It takes time to control a feral cat problem in a neighborhood. Please be patient as the community and TOB representatives work together towards a common solution.
Otherwise, for health concerns related to a dog bite, questions should be directed to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at (631) 843-0421.
Reports of dog bites should also be referred to the Suffolk County Board of Health at (631) 852-5900 as well as the Animal Shelter at (631) 643-9270.
All dangerous dog incidents should be recorded with contact information, addresses and phone numbers. If police reports and witness reports exist, those should accompany the complaint to the Animal Shelter. Witness reports and neighbor statements should be notarized. Dangerous dog complaints are heard at the Second District Court located at 30 East Hoffman Avenue, Lindenhurst, NY. The phone number is (631) 854-1121. There is a filing fee for all complaints brought to the Court.
BAARC will only pick up injured wildlife for humane purposes.
Residents are encouraged to call the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (877) 457-5680 or (631) 444-0250 in Stony Brook with any issues and concerns regarding wildlife. In most cases, a licensed wildlife handler will need to be called out to your property to remove any wildlife that are roaming, trapped, threatening or injured on or near your property.
BAARC will assist Town residents with injured wildlife concerns if it poses a threat or of an immediate concern.
For additional information, you can contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (631) 444-0310.
Please check the Assessor's Forms & Documents page to view the applications, forms and documents that are currently available online for the Assessor's Office.
An informational booklet, Do You Qualify for a Property Tax Exemption in the Town of Babylon? can also be downloaded. It contains general requirements with descriptions of the most common exemptions.
Residents of the Town of Babylon can apply for the Enhanced STAR exemption (if you received a STAR exemption on this property for the 2015/2016 tax year) and other property tax exemptions between January 2nd and March 1st through the Department of Assessment.
The first-time application for Enhanced Star is available online or can be obtained from the Assessor's Office in Town Hall from January 2nd to March 1st. Please keep in mind that the deadline for filing applications is March 1st.
If you have any questions, contact the Department of Assessment at (631) 957-3014.
For more specific information, contact the Town Assessor’s Subject Matter Expert at (631) 957-4272.
The Town Assessor's Office will be able to determine the specific reason for the tax increase on a specific property. They can be reached at (631) 957-3014.
If you wish, you may appear before the Board of Assessment Review (BOAR), an independent board, to have your complaint heard. Regardless of whether or not you appear, you must still file a written grievance form.
All Assessment Reviews are held in the Town Board Room on Grievance Day. Meeting times are from 10:00 am to noon and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It is not necessary for a grievant to appear before the Board in order to submit their grievance.
Grievance forms can be mailed or brought in personally. If it is mailed, it is the applicant’s responsibility to be certain that the application is received in time by this office.
The Board of Assessment Review (BOAR) is responsible for making a determination on a grievance complaint. The grievant is usually notified of the BOAR’s determination by July. If the applicant disagrees with the Board’s decision, they may seek judicial review by proceeding to the next step; filing a small claims petition with the Suffolk County Clerk’s Office in Riverhead, NY.
Available Exemptions include:STAR (a school tax exemption only):
AGEDAvailable to senior citizens age 65 and over (applicant must be 65 years of age by December 31 of the year in which the application is filed). It must be the primary residence of the owners and there is a maximum income requirement. In order to file for the year 2017, the owners’ incomes total gross including social security and income earned on IRA accounts may not have exceeded $37,400 for 2016. This exemption must be renewed annually.
ALTERNATIVE VETERANSAvailable to honorably discharged veterans (or their unremarried surviving spouse) that have served on active duty during a specified war period or a congressionally approved conflict period with combat status. Property must serve as the primary residence. A service connected disability may entitle the veteran to a larger exemption. Does not renew annually.
COLD WAR VETERANSAvailable to honorably discharged veterans (or their unremarried surviving spouse) that have served on active duty for any length of period between September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991. Property must serve as the primary residence. A service connected disability may entitle the veteran to a larger exemption. A veteran may not have a Cold War vet, an Alternative vet. Does not renew annually.
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER AND AMBULANCE SERVICE WORKERAvailable to those members who have served at least five years in the same department (name must appear on the chief’s certification list) and must primarily reside in the Town of Babylon.
Members who have served for twenty years or more are eligible for the exemption on their primary residence anywhere in Suffolk County – again, their name must appear on the list of eligibles provided by the chief of each Fire Department in the Town of Babylon. In addition, THE APPLICANT MUST FILE AN APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION AND RENEW ANNUALLY IN ORDER TO RETAIN THE EXEMPTION. Must renew annually and be certified annually.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND LIMITED INCOMEAvailable to persons with disabilities whose total gross income for 2016 (including social security and income earned on IRA accounts) did not exceed $37,400. The applicant must own and primarily reside on the premises. In addition, the applicant must provide a letter of certification of disability from any one of the following:
Only one of the owners must qualify if the property is owned by a husband and wife or by siblings (e.g. brother and a brother; brother and a sister or a sister and a sister), otherwise all owners must meet the eligibility requirements. Must renew annually.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTAvailable to all one and two family homes, at least five years of age. Does not require annual renewal.
FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS - NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HOMEAvailable to 1st time home buyers of a newly constructed home. Applies to houses, townhouses and condos that serve as the primary residence of the owner. Does not require annual renewal.
For renewing exemption applicants, please call the Assessor’s Office, (631) 957-3014.
If the application is received on time and the exemption is approved, it will appear on the December tax bill. Determination letters should be received by the applicant by May 1st.
All applications for tax exemptions will receive a determination letter either of approval or denial by May 1st of that year. If the exemption is denied, the applicant will have sufficient time to file for a grievance by Grievance Day (third Tuesday of May).
If your exemption does not appear on the tax bill, contact the Assessor's Office, (631) 957-3014, to inquire as to the specific reason why it does not appear.
The tax exemption applies to the increase in value due to the improvements. The first year the exemption is applied, there will be a zero increase on the first $80,000 of increase in value. Thereafter, the tax on the improvement increases each year by 12.5%; with the full tax on the improvement phased in over an 8 year period. The Capital Improvement Exemption Application is available online or can be obtained from the Assessor's Office from January 2nd to March 1st. Any questions, please call the Assessor's Office at (631) 957-3014.
Beginning in 2011, any resident owner and/or spouse of an owner residing in the premises earning more than $500,000 in adjusted gross income (AGI) will no longer be eligible for the Basic Star exemption. Income eligibility will be automatically verified each year by the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) through income tax returns on file.
If, for any reason, NYS DTF is unable to determine income eligibility, the applicant will be notified by the Department of Assessment and will be required to prove eligibility.
Basic STAR is available to owners of one, two and three family homes provided that it is the primary residence of at least one of the owners.
For renewing exemption applicants, please call the Assessor’s Office, (631) 957-3014.
However, if you are a new owner within the last year, you should submit a copy of your deed with the application.
In order for an applicant to opt into the IVP, they must be sure that they annually file a NYS income tax return so that their income may be verified by the State. If the applicant does NOT file a NYS income tax return, then they would NOT be eligible to participate in the IVP.
The applicant must fill out the yellow IVP form precisely and in its entirety (with the signature of all owners) and return it to the Department of Assessment with the Enhanced STAR application, which must also be fully completed and submitted with the required supporting documentation. Automatic renewal will go into effect the following year. Each year the applicant will receive notification as to the State’s determination. If the State was unable to verify their income (for any reason) the applicant will be notified by mail and have an opportunity to file an application for the year in question.
Automatic renewal will go into effect the following year. Each year the applicant will receive notification as to the State's determination. If the State was unable to verify their income (for any reason) the applicant will be notified by mail and have an opportunity to file an application for the year in question.
These beautification programs provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to play a role in maintaining the quality of life we have all come to expect and enjoy.
Volunteers are active during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons. During this time, “adopted” roadways are cleaned of litter and debris, “adopted” sites are maintained and beautified with perennial and annual flowers by professional landscapers and “adopted” parks and beaches are cleaned up by scores of scouts and school organizations.
The adopted road is maintained by the group for a minimum of two years. Cleanups are conducted at least four times per year. The adopted street is identified by a sign, which is installed by the Town, bearing the group name. The Town provides orange safety gear for participants, garbage bags, and other cleanup materials. The Town also picks up and disposes of the litter collected upon notification from the group.
Working with the Town of Babylon, their groups “adopt” a Town park by picking up litter and improving the appearance of our recreational areas. The Town provides garbage bags, rakes, brooms, shovels, and other equipment to the volunteers.
The work by Adopt-A-Park volunteers helps change attitudes toward littering. In addition, many scouting groups earn community pride badges for their work.
Town recreational areas are normally adopted for one day only. However, in some cases, Town parks have been permanently adopted. In exchange for this commitment, the Town erects a sign at the facility recognizing the adopting organization for their work in the community.
Once a spot has been adopted a contract is signed between the Town and the adopting organization setting out the responsibilities of both parties. The organization agrees to maintain the spot on a regular basis, with a minimum maintenance schedule of four times a year. The Town donates annual flowers from its greenhouse, perennial bulbs, garbage bags, and gloves, as well as a sign advertising the adopting company or organization’s name and telephone number.
Through cooperation and community effort the Adopt-A-Spot program helps transform unattractive sites into beautiful additions to our neighborhoods.
The ultimate goal is to address all Town sumps by selecting them randomly in areas throughout the Town. Improvements include clean-ups, plantings and privacy fence treatments.
Sumps owned by the State, County or surrounding villages, are not part of the Town's Sump Beautification Program.
Many sumps are owned and maintained by other agencies including the State, County and Villages.
Homeowners whose property had pre-existing bamboo prior to passage of the law in July 2013 must take steps to ensure that the plant does not encroach upon any neighboring properties, including all public property and rights-of-way held by the Town.
Any property owner who does not comply with the Town’s regulations regarding bamboo may be punished by a fine of no less than $100 and no more than $500 for each violation. For every day that a property owner is in violation of this law, it will be counted as a separate violation and be charged as such.
For more information, please read Chapter 145 of the Town Code.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:The first sentence should read: The maximum loan is $30,000 to correct substandard housing code violations. Payment of the loan is deferred until the property is sold, the title is transferred or the home is refinanced for cash out. Monthly payments are not required. The loan is secured by a mortgage placed against the property.
INCOME GUIDELINES: Family Size / Maximum Income*1 / $58,8502 / $ 67,2503 / $ 75,6504 / $ 84,1005 / $ 90,8006 / $ 97,5507 / $104,2508 or more / $111,000*Income limits subject to change pursuant to HUD requirements.
Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for the program, an applicant MUST meet all the following criteria: I. First Time Homeowner - as defined by HUD is a household that has not owned a home during the three year period immediately prior to the date of application for assistance.II. Purchased home must be occupied by the homeowner and be their principal residence. Family who attend a mortgage counseling session at LIHP and must be able to secure a mortgage and have an acceptable credit history. III. Family must have a minimum income of at least $30,000.Income Eligible Family - meaning a prospective buyer must have a gross annual income not exceeding the income limits for the area as listed below with overtime and assets also taken into consideration.
HUD established Income Guidelines:Eligible participants must have annual incomes at or below 80 percent of the median income for the Nassau- Suffolk area adjusted for family size as established by HUD.
Family Size / Maximum Income*1 / $58,8502 / $ 67,2503 / $ 75,6504 / $ 84,1005 / $ 90,8006 / $ 97,5507 / $104,2508 or more / $111,000
*Income limits subject to change pursuant to HUD requirements.
Type of Housing Available: Homes purchased must be eligible pre-existing or newly constructed residences located within the boundaries of Town of Babylon. They must be single-family dwellings (includes townhouses, condominiums, co-operative apartments and manufactured homes) occupied as a principal residence.
Property Value Limit: For FY 2014, Maximum Appraised Value cannot exceed $328,000 for an existing home and $388,000 for a newly constructed home.
No Foreclosures, Short Sales, Bank Owned or Real Estate Owned properties are permitted in the program.
Applicant Intake Forms: Available only by calling LIHP. Intake forms will be mailed to interested homebuyers.
Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc. (as Agent for Town of Babylon)180 Oser Avenue, Suite 800Hauppauge, NY 11788Telephone #: (631) 435-4710
Counseling is provided at the following locations:
The principles of smart growth and sustainability are the cornerstones of our efforts. Prioritized and focused land use is encouraged in downtown centers or areas that already have adequate infrastructure including public transit, and are recognizable as downtowns\neighborhood centers.
More project details are available by calling (631) 957-TOWN (8696).
BRAC Process and Timeline:
The Wyandanch Rising Project includes but is not limited to:
If interested and logistically capable of being hooked up, the homeowner would be responsible for all fees and permits associated with gaining access to the sewer line. Contact Rich Groh, Senior Environmental Analyst, Town of Babylon (631) 422-7644 for more information.
Suffolk County is the official entity with ultimate jurisdiction over sewer development and hook up.
Contact the Suffolk County Sewer Agency, Craig Platt, (631) 852-4187, for more information.
All costs associated with securing the property will be at the property owner’s expense. If necessary, the Town will send a cleanup or violation correction notice to the property owner. The property owner has at least five days to respond. If the clean up notice is not responded to in a timely manner, The Town will schedule a cleanup and bill the property owner for the associated costs. If not paid promptly, charges (including late penalties) will appear on the property owner’s next tax bill.
If the house is in need of board up and/or demolition or other measure that actually requires a handling of the structure, the process is more complex. For those violations, a Town Board resolution is passed and a legal notice sent to the property owner. The property owner has 30 days to comply with requirements of the notice. If compliance is not made in this period the Town can take appropriate (i.e. board up or demolition) action against the property in violation. This process can take several months while utilites are contacted for service turnoffs and markouts for undergound utility lines, pipes etc. are prepared. In some cases, depending on the legal and safety issues associated with the particular situation, interim measures may be initiated. This requires definition and approval by the Town Board and Town Attorney. Escalation will occur on a case-by-case basis.
If the clean up notice is not responded to in a timely manner, the Town will schedule a clean up or arrange to remove it and bill the property owner of record. If not paid promptly, charges will show up on the property owner’s next tax bill.
DPW includes the following divisions:
Repairs to traffic control and street signs are typically completed in two days from the time of notification. Stop signs and those that are in a dangerous condition are considered priorities. The Division oversees approximately 6,000 signs. Common service requests include: downed signs; signs in need of repair; faded signs; twisted signs; and graffiti on signs.
The Division processes many kinds of service requests including: installing new streetlights in an existing community; installing streetlights in a new development or where road improvement projects have occurred; drawing “mark-outs” where work is to occur by outside or private contractors in order to prevent the damaging of wires or pipes that might be near or involve underground utilities. Often, underground utilities are hidden in areas where construction is proposed. The Division also regularly monitors for light outages.
When the south shore experiences heavy rain, flooding is expected to occur. As the rainwater floods the bays and canals, salt water floods over the bulkheads and causes additional flooding damage on roads and properties. In addition to flooding above ground, the salt water is pushed back into the drainage pipes underground, causing a surge within the pipes and overflow. All of this surge of water, both rain and salt water, adds to the contamination of the Great South Bay.
FEMA has designated most of the area as an AE6 Flood Zone, which means that anything less than six feet above sea level is prone to flooding. To find out if you live in a flood zone in Suffolk County, check out the online map at Suffolk County Flood Maps.
Raising the grade in an entire area is impossible for any village, town or county to accomplish for budgetary reasons, but homeowners and business owners are encouraged to make grade and drainage improvements on their own properties.
Flapper valves were installed on the water side of several drainage pipes only to have them seal up in the closed position with marine life causing flooding during normal rain events. These valves require a lot of maintenance and, since there are potentially thousands of locations that these can be installed, this is not a feasible solution.
At one time, duckbill valves were mounted on the outside of Town controlled bulkheads to prevent contaminations due to the backflow of water. A duckbill valve is generally made out of rubber and shaped like the beak of a duck. They are more costly than flapper valves and boats tended to break them off when docking. In addition, they also had a tendency to freeze in the winter, which makes them non-viable solutions.
In certain areas, the Town built catch basins that serve to hold stormwater in rain events. However, because of the high water table, the catch basins are often ½ full most of the time causing a mosquito problem (so they don't work in every area).
The Town is committed to developing new and affordable solutions for the flooding problems along the shore line and will work with the residents and businesses in those areas.
If the graffiti is on personal or private property, the service request gets forwarded to Code Enforcement for an inspection and determination of a violation. If in violation, the property owner is given a warning and 20 days to remove the graffiti. If no action is taken by the property owner, a summons is issued and the Town will prosecute this violation to the fullest extent of the law.
The complaint can involve private, town, or other public agency-owned property. If the complaint involves town property, it will usually be cleaned up within a week of notification. If the complaint involves private property where there is debris or other material left on the curbside, the Town will attempt to contact the property owner to remove it immediately. If not taken care of, the Town will schedule a cleanup by Town staff and bill the property owner for the expenses.
The purpose of the program is to educate property owners as to the requirements of specific property responsibilities, not to issue summonses. The first effort is always to obtain code compliance.
Once a request is received, it is forwarded to Code Enforcement or the Office of Sanitation for investigation. If in violation, a Notice of Violation is placed on the door of the home, or if there is nowhere to leave the notice (such as with vacant property), it is mailed, registered mail, to the owner of the property. The property owner has a period of 5 days to cure the situation. A reinspection will be conducted just beyond the 5 day cure period. If the violation is not corrected, the Town will clean the property and bill the cost of this work to the property owner and if not paid will be transferred to the property’s tax bill. This is a legally binding lien (debt that stays with the property until paid).
Suffolk County is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all County properties. Constituents are encouraged to call (631) 853-5907 about neglected county lots.
All disputes must be received within 60 days of the date of the initial bill. If a request for a hearing is not accomplished in this timeframe, the property owner loses the right to appeal or dispute a violation. The dispute is then scheduled for the next available Sanitation Commission meeting; attendance is mandatory. Hearing adjournments are rarely granted, unless a hardship is demonstrated. The purpose of presenting a dispute at the Sanitation Commission hearing is for the property owner to present their case and the reasons why the bill is in error. A decision will be rendered within 10 days and the owner notified by mail. Property owners have a one-time option of appealing a decision.
Highway Engineers determine which treatment to apply based on a survey of the condition of the pavement. The Town tries to micropave a roadway before overlay is necessary and tries to overlay before reconstruction is necessary. This is done to save taxpayer money. Reconstruction is approximately 30 times more expensive than micro-paving. With more than 535 miles of Town roads to maintain, it is critical to apply the right treatment at the right time, to each roadway, in order to keep taxes as low as possible.
The first step is to remove any obstacles to reconstruction including sidewalks, curbing, driveway aprons, telephone poles, and, in some cases, trees. During the reconstruction process, we may, unfortunately, be forced to remove some healthy trees. The Town of Babylon is very dedicated to the preservation of trees and will only remove a tree as a last resort. Trees will be removed for the following reasons:
Following this, the road itself is pulverized and recycled on site. The existing road is regraded and used as the sub-base for the new road. After regrading occurs, the road cannot be paved until the moisture levels drop below 2%. This usually takes 3 or 4 days.
The next step is to pave the road. The final step in the reconstruction process is the restoration work. This is another time-consuming phase as sidewalks, curbs and other items removed must be restored.
Although it is a long process, you will have access to your road throughout the entire reconstruction process, with limited exceptions. The end result of this work will be a brand new road for you and your neighbors.
Please do not leave any vehicles parked in the roadway during working hours. If possible, park on the nearest cross street not under improvement, a minimum of 100 feet from the corner. Please adjust your plans for deliveries and other daily functions. During non-working hours, you will have unlimited access to your street. Pre-construction photos have been taken of your driveways and Town right-of ways (shoulder areas) to assist the contractor in the restoration phase of the project. Please contact the Office of Citizen Services at (631) 957-TOWN (8696) to answer any inquiries you may have.
Your road has been selected for reconstruction due to the overall condition of the road as well as to upgrade the drainage system. Please be aware that the entire reconstruction process may take approximately two months, weather permitting, to complete. Although it is a long process, you will have access to your road throughout the entire reconstruction process, with limited exceptions. The end result of this work will be a brand new road for you and your neighbors.
The permit notes and acknowledges the agency's responsibility to conduct the construction work in accordance with the State and Federal requirements as called for in Town Code. Markouts are required for any work more than one foot below the surface. The Town does not inspect the work but does hold security in the form of a bond or cash for a period of two (2) years. This is only released upon inspection that the work has stood the test of two (2) years time.
If an agency works on a road located within the Town, but not owned by the Town (State or County roads) there is no requirement for a permit.
The Highway Division would confer with the Town Board if such a road would benefit a majority of Town residents. The Town Board, on its own motion, may adopt a resolution to accept such a road. It is also up to the Board to NOT have the expense of making such a public Town road be borne by ALL residents of the Town, but only by the property owners adjoining the proposed new Town road. In that case, the Town Board would respectfully decline the proposal.
By law, owners of real estate fronting on a private road may petition the Town Board to make necessary improvements to qualify the road to be accepted as town highway. If after a public hearing the Town Board agrees, then all costs for the improvement must be borne by the property owners on the basis of the benefit to their property.
Circled numbers on the Trash and Recycling Calendar correspond to Sweep Zones in the program. If a sweep day is missed for any reason, the makeup day is usually the Friday of that week.
There are two scheduled street sweeps for the Spring season, usually the first in April and the second in May.
All calls regarding damaged trees should be directed to Citizen Services, (631) 957-TOWN (8696). The Town's Department of Public Works will determine if it is a removal, trim, or if no action is needed.
In the event that the snow or ice on the sidewalk is frozen and unable to be removed, the person in charge of that property shall place either ashes, sand, sawdust or similar-like material on the frozen sidewalk. Furthermore, as soon as the weather permits, that said owner shall thoroughly clean the sidewalk of that additional debris.
The owner or person responsible for the sidewalk is also liable for any personal injury and property damage as a result of the failure to remove any snow, ice, dirt or any other object/material from the sidewalk.
In the event that the snow or ice on the sidewalk is frozen and can't be removed, the person in charge of that property shall place either ashes, sand, sawdust or similar-like material on the frozen sidewalk. Furthermore, as soon as the weather permits, the owner should thoroughly clean the sidewalk of that additional debris.
The person responsible for the sidewalk is also liable for any personal injury and property damage as a result of the failure to remove any snow, ice, dirt or any object from the sidewalk.
The Committee will then, if warranted, submit the application to Traffic Engineering. Traffic Engineering will then do a site study and make a recommendation on the request. This may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. The Traffic Safety Committee will make a decision based on a review of the original request application and the engineering site study.
The recommendation then goes to the Town Board and a hearing is scheduled. Once the hearing is held the Town will consider a resolution at the next Town Board meeting to finalize the process and effectuate the change.
This entire process may take several months before a final decision is rendered.
In other cases, the Town will alert other government agencies if it receives a request regarding a sign that is not in its jurisdiction of responsibility.
Reports of damaged or missing traffic signs are then sent to the Traffic Safety Division, (631) 957-3106 or the Traffic Sign Shop, (631) 957-3104. Reports should include the location of the missing or damaged sign such as the address and the cross street name and/or intersection. The Town is responsible for responding to such reports within two hours of receipt and then correcting the situation within 72 hours.
We encourage all residents who have lost a tree and want another one to apply for the Town's Tree Planting Program by filling out a Tree Replacement Application. You can obtain an application by contacting the Department of Environmental Control at (631) 422-7640 ext. 7645.
Trees of the following varieties should be planted:
During a storm/emergency response situation, LIPA will remove/trim the necessary portions of trees in order to conduct the associated LIPA work. These trees will be cut/trimmed and, depending on the location of the tree (rear yard or front yard), neatly stacked in a logistically appropriate area of the customer’s premises. It is the responsibility of either the homeowner or the municipality (Town or Village) in which they live to remove the tree debris.
If an electrical line is down, stay away and contact LIPA at 1-800-490 0075 or visit the LIPA website.
For specific questions you can contact your local Suffolk County Legislator:
For specific questions on location responsibilities, call the Department of Public Works or Citizen Services at (631) 957-TOWN (8696).
According to Suffolk County Emergency Management:IF YOU ARE TOLD TO "SHELTER IN PLACE":
IF YOU ARE TOLD TO RELOCATE/EVACUATE:
The Department of Emergency Preparedness has more information about what to do during natural disasters or storms, including where to locate designated emergency shelters
Disaster Supply Kits should include:
You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days.
Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you need.
Individuals should also place winter emergency kits in their vehicles that contain:
During the winter months, homeowners can help preserve the heat within their homes by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic. Insulating pipes with added insulation or newspapers and plastic will help prevent pipes from freezing. In extremely cold temperatures, allow faucets to drip a little to avoid pipes from freezing and bursting.
To prepare for winter storms, homeowners should clear out the rain gutters and clear away any low hanging branches that could fall on a house during a storm.
Suffolk County's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the county’s response to natural or man made disasters. OEM personnel are responsible for the operations of the county’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and work with local, state, and federal officials in shelter management, planning, resource management, and radiological response coordination.
They can be reached directly at (631) 852-4900 or online.
Please do not call a 911 or other emergency telephone line unless you need assistance with an immediate physical or medical emergency. Dial "852-COPS" for non-emergency police calls in Suffolk County.
The 24-hour emergency contact telephone numbers for Babylon is: (631) 422-7600.
Non-Emergency Contact Information:You may want to report the situation to our county or state offices of emergency management or health departments. Their phone numbers are:
For all questions regarding flood zones, please call Environmental Control at (631) 422-7645.
Shelter in Suffolk County as of 11/12/2012:
Electrical Inspectors approved by the Town of Babylon:
There are several departments that fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Control:
Though the commercial waste collected is recycled by the contractor, the program does not offer source separated commercial waste. Those wishing to set up a source separation program must arrange to do so with a private company. The company must be a Town (Class 1) licensed waste recycling company.
For more information, call the Commercial Waste Office at (631) 422-7670.
To verify that your property is in the District, or to arrange for pickup call the Commercial Waste Office at (631) 422-7670.
These parameters will include waste characteristics, dumpster size, frequency of pick up and other special requirements, if any. Official orders containing all pertinent information can then be faxed by the constituent to (631) 893-1008. If an order is placed by 2:00 pm, trash service can usually begin the next business day.
More information about Babylon’s stormwater program can be found online, Stormwater Program, or by calling the Town's Department of Environmental Control at (631) 422-7670.
The Recycling Center is located at 57 Field Street in West Babylon and can be contacted at (631) 249-9346.
The hours of operation for the Recycling Center are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm but they are closed from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
For safety's sake, please remove all doors from refrigerators and freezers.
YWZ 1 – South of Montauk Highway – Monday pick-upYWZ 2 – Between Montauk Highway and Sunrise Highway – Tuesday pick-upYWZ 3 – Between Sunrise Highway and Southern State Parkway – Wednesday pick-upYWZ 4 – Between Southern State Parkway and Long Island Avenue – Thursday pick-upYWZ 5 – North of Long Island Avenue or North of Long Island Railroad tracks – Friday Pick-up Click here for more information
Wrap newspapers in twine or put them into paper bags. Do not use plastic bags for holding newspapers. Magazines, junk mail, cardboard boxes and telephone books will be picked up along with newspapers. These items should be bundled and tied. Please put out newspapers regardless of the weather. Pizza and cereal boxes are not recyclable. Please dispose of pizza and cereal boxes with your normal household garbage. Do not use your recycling can or garbage pails to put your newspapers out.
These items can also be brought to the recycling center at 51 Field Street in West Babylon between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
For further information please call (631) 249-9346 or (631) 422-7694.
If there is a question as to size or an unusual item, call EnCon, the Town's trash contractor, at (631) 491-3200.
An area with significant flooding issues generally has standing water at the location 24 hours after a rain event. If water does not exist at the location 24 hours after a rain event, it is determined that, although flooding occurs, it is temporary and therefore within the design capability of the system.
The Town is continually updating its database of problem areas and, as resources allow, will address these problem areas. Flooding can also occur without a rain event in times of unusually high tides.
The National Weather Service often issues flood advisories due to high tides. For those living in low lying areas near tidal water, this type of flooding will occur.
Please note that when there are weather forecasts for tidal flooding and when these warnings are issued, elevate anything that might be damaged from water or saltwater. In addition, homes in these areas should have flood insurance.
An area with significant flooding issues generally has standing water at the location 24 hours after a rain event. If water does not exist at the location 24 hours after a rain event, the case is closed. If standing water still exists at the location, the case is reported to the Engineering Division within the Planning and Development Department to develop a solution and schedule to rectify. At this point, an incident report is written and copied to the homeowner.
At that time, the inspection will investigate the storm drain for blockage, damage, etc. If it is determined the storm drain is blocked, a service request will be created and scheduled.
The storm drains are there to solely collect stormwater from the public roads and right-a-ways.
The Fire Marshal's Office works with 11 fire departments and one ambulance corp, encompassing the 58 square miles of the Town of Babylon.
The Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for:
The Department of Emergency Preparedness has more information about what to do during natural disasters or storms, including where to locate designated emergency shelters.
Use/Operational Permits are issued on an annual basis and include:
Please contact New York State Department of Transportation at (631) 420-4270 for assistance with these roads.
Please contact Suffolk County Department of Public Works at (631) 852-4070 for assistance with these roads.
However, in the case that you do have a specific address, the owner of a specific property can be found by using the computer system in the Assessor's Office, (631) 957-3014, in Town Hall.
Once the owner of the property is found, you would have to contact that individual owner to inquire about the property further.
Currently, the Town of Babylon is not accepting new applications for Section 8 housing. The demand for housing is high but the supply is low for those seeking Section 8 housing. As a result, the Town is currently working from an existing list of interested tenants and applicants are selected on a first come, first serve basis. Once the existing list is exhausted, the Town will open up the Section 8 housing program to new applicants.
All Section 8 properties are required to hold a Town of Babylon Rental Permit. Rental Permit applications can be obtained through the Department of Planning and Development's Rental Division.
To apply for a Rental Permit, you must fill out a Rental Permit Application and file it with the Rental Division.
The following items will be required when you submit your application:
The permit requirements for rental units include:
For more detailed information on these requirements, please call the Rental Division at (631) 957- 4434.
If a participant, for any reason misses a scheduled Section 8 appointment, you will receive a program termination letter explaining your termination and steps to take to receive a fair hearing as a result of your termination.
Typically, a caseworker will be assigned to the issue. In some instances, a case will be assigned to the Landlord/Tenants Rights Court.
The Drug and Alcohol Services division provides counseling services to anyone in the Town of Babylon who either has a drug or alcohol problem, or is affected by someone with a problem. The programs can either be individual or group; counseling or education.
The Program provides confidential drug and alcohol outpatient treatment services to Town of Babylon residents who have substance abuse problem. The Program also provides services to family members or others whose lives are being affected by a loved one who has a substance abuse problem. Services include both a psycho/education group counseling series and group and individual counseling.
In the event of an emergency, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
Shopping transportation services are by appointment only, Monday through Friday. Pick-up starts at 8:00 am and seniors are returned to their home no later than 11:00 am. Appointments for service can be made by calling (631) 893-1056 or (631) 422-7618.
Appointments for service can be made by calling (631) 893-1056.
Cards are issued between 10:00 am - noon on the 1st Monday of each month at Tanner Park Senior Citizen Center, as well as on the 1st Friday of each month at Spangle Drive Senior Citizen Center in North Babylon. Appointments for transportation services must be made at least 7-10 days prior to the needed service. Residents are urged to schedule their doctor and essential appointments between the hours of 8:30 am - 10:30 am on the day designated for your area.
Please note priority will be given to seniors who are going to doctor appointments, lab tests and X-Rays.
Residents who are receiving the same or similar service under another government-funded program are not eligible for this service.
The Residential Repair program covers minor projects, but does not provide electrical services, roof repair, window replacements, or snow removal, etc. For more information, please call Joann Labonte at (631) 422-7680.
Other organizations that can assist are:
The Senior Centers provide recreational, cultural, advisory, and health programs. Program activities at all centers include arts and crafts, cards, games, billiards, outdoor games, needlework, painting, dance instruction, trips, and parties.
Babylon’s Senior Centers provide many informational and special services, including Social Security information, income tax assistance, Medicare and Medicaid information, health education, welfare referral services, mobile van health screening, and blood pressure testing through the Babylon Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The Senior Centers provide transportation to and from the centers, free of charge.
The Senior Centers are different than an adult day care program. Adult day care programs offer supervised health care management and social activities to adults who are frail or with special disabilities that require constant attention. Typically, these services are provided in a protective environment by trained staff, which assists clients with socialization and activities of daily living (eating, exercise and hygiene).
For more information about Adult Day Care Centers, contact Suffolk County Office of the Aging at (631) 853-2236.
There is no cost to join a senior center. Once registered, members receive an identification card which allows them to sign up for the lunch program, transportation, activities, classes and trips.
Generally, the activities, classes and programs offered include:
Generally, the Senior Centers schedule food shopping trips for the seniors 2 to 3 times a month. To schedule transportation to a medical appointment, call a week in advance to schedule with Marilyn Rosen in Human Services at (631) 422-7618. This service is free and subject to availability.
In addition to this and the Town's Essential Transportation Program, Suffolk County Transit Service offers seniors and persons with disabilities transportation. They will pick up and drop off between any two points in Suffolk County within ¾ mile of a Suffolk County Bus route. The main contact is (631) 738-1150. Reservations are required and is based on availability.
As a Nutrition Center, this center provides nutritional lunches for all seniors, including those at other Town senior centers, with a minimum of 100 lunches served daily. The average attendance is 60-80 seniors per day.
Special programs offered at the Wyandanch Senior Citizen Nutrition Center are:
The Wyandanch Senior Citizen Nutrition Center also provides:
The Spangle Drive Senior Citizen Center provides:
The North Amityville Senior Citizen Center provides:
For further information, contact the Suffolk County Office of the Attorney General at (631) 231-2400.
When the form is completed, please drop it off at the Town Clerk's Office at Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst.
You can also visit their website, Long Island Green Homes, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We use state-of-the-art, industry standard software called Real Home Analyzer to calculate your savings, using your 2 years of utility usage data and the information from your Energy Audit. LIGH also thoroughly reviews each project for accuracy, and performs regular quality assurance inspections.
Following the Home Performance Evaluation, you will be given a detailed explanation of how your home uses energy, where the most energy is being wasted or lost, and specific improvements that could increase energy efficiency. The report also calculates a fixed cost for each recommended improvement along with the projected dollar amount you will see in energy savings on an annual basis, from that specific improvement.
The Long Island Green Homes Program pays the contractor the entire cost of the energy-efficiency improvements. Under a separate contract with the homeowner, the Town sets up a monthly payment plan that has the homeowner pay for the improvements over time only from a projected utility bill cost savings. For example, if our expert Home Performance Evaluation auditors project that you will save $1,000 per year in utility bills, The Town will establish an annual payment schedule (benefit assessment payment) based on your projected annual savings. Therefore your payment would be less than a $100 a month.
The Town will provide for energy saving improvements up to but not to exceed $12,000 per home. Homeowners will then pay the Town directly for the improvements through a monthly benefit assessment fee.
The amount of the monthly benefit assessment fee is structured to be less than the monthly savings on a residents' energy bills resulting from the improvements. There is an additional 3% administrative fee applied to these monthly payments.
Once we have processed the data from your Self-Check Home Inventory Form, a Town of Babylon Licensed Green Homes Contractor will perform a Home Performance Evaluation on your house. The contractor will provide a detailed report that will recommend certain energy efficient home improvements and estimate the savings that will result. You make the decision to hire the contractor to perform the energy-efficient home improvements. What energy-efficient home improvements are offered through the program? Improvements include efficient lighting, weather-stripping, caulking, air and duct sealing, insulation and upgrading of heating units, etc. We will advise participants which appliances, cooling units, and other eligible measures offer the best return and what LIPA rebates and incentives apply. Please call our office at (631) 422-4411 if you have any further questions or concerns.
Once the licensed contractor has completed the work, the Town will directly pay the contractor. The homeowner will then pay the Town for the improvements on a monthly basis for an amount and term that is agreed upon in advance. With almost every customer, the savings from reduced energy bills will be greater than the cost of the improvements. This means that the homeowner will have a positive cash flow; the money that was going to the utility companies is now going to make your home greener and healthier. Once the improvements are completely paid for all of the savings go directly to the homeowner, saving him/her an average of $1,000 every year.
This department oversees the Town's parks, beaches and marinas, pools, spray parks and an 18 hole par three golf course at Cedar Beach. The main office is located at 151 Phelps Lane in North Babylon and the phone number is (631) 893-2100.
Each Summer the department publishes the Summer Directory listing the programs that it administers. Such programs include: special events like the Beach Blast; recreation programs such as swimming lessons, day camps, dancing and many others; sports programs and leagues; kayaking; tennis and many others.
A full listing of offerings can be reviewed in the Summer Directory, a directory available at Town Hall or the Parks & Recreation Office. Any resident can register for a program. The Department of Parks & Recreation also issues permits for those seeking to use one of the many Town facilities for recreational purposes.
From Sunrise Highway - take exit 40 and follow the signs for Deer Park Avenue North; once you are on Deer Park Avenue, Phelps Lane is the left immediately before North Babylon High School.
From the Southern State Parkway - take exit 39 South to Deer Park Avenue; once you are on Deer Park Avenue, Phelps Lane is the right immediately after North Babylon High School.
From Montauk Highway - make a left onto Deer Park Avenue; Phelps lane is the left immediately before North Babylon High School.
In the guide you will find the names and phone numbers for the Town's recreation facilities, registration dates and times for Town programs, and information on annual Town events including the Beach Blast and Summer Theater Workshop. Remember that the Recreation Guide contains information about all the programs for the entire year so keep it handy.
The guide contains the dates and times for the Department of Parks & Recreation's Fall, Winter, and Spring events and programs. These include the Halloween Haunted House, the Tree Lighting at Town Hall, the Spring Egg Extravaganza and a wide variety of other activities.
Check the Parks & Recreation Summer Directory for information about this year's prices and dates of operation.
You must bring a NYS Driver's License, tax or utility bill, and the camping vehicle registration and all documentation must be in the same name. If your camper is a towable-type camping vehicle, you will also have to bring the tow vehicle registration.
This will enable you to make reservations via a lottery system held by the Town of Babylon. The online lottery can only be done through this website and will no longer be done in-person.
To use the online reservation system, you need a user ID and password. Visit the Parks & Recreation Office at 151 Phelps Lane anytime after February 1st for this information. Please bring proof of residency and your camping permit.
Note that each camping permit allows you only one campsite per holiday weekend. Any camper purchasing more than one permit will forfeit their sites and will no longer be able to participate in any future online registrations.
Once all campsites are reserved, the system will be closed and no longer able to accept reservations.
The online lottery system requires a user ID and password, which can be obtained at the Parks and Recreation Office at 151 Phelps Lane in North Babylon. Please bring proof of residency and your boating permit. All online reservations require a credit card for payment and prices vary depending on boat size. A 14 foot or larger slip costs $90 for the weekend; slips less than 14 feet cost $81 for the weekend. Payment must be made at the time of the online reservation. Please note that each boating permit allows only one boat slip per holiday weekend.
The Cedar Beach golf course is also located at Cedar Beach and can be contacted at (631) 321-4562. The Gilgo Beach Marina is also located at Gilgo Beach and can be contacted at (631) 826-1255.
Cedar Beach also boasts the Cedar Beach Marina which is accessible by boat and connected to Cedar Beach via a walkway. Camping (41 campsites) is accommodated at the marina for Town residents with full camping facilities available. Camping requires a camping permit which can be purchased in Town Hall in the Town Clerk's office. For more information on the Cedar Beach Marina, call (631) 669-5949.
The beach permit also allows you to enjoy the Town of Babylon's two bay beaches, Tanner Park in Copiague and Venetian Shores in Lindenhurst.
Please note that a Town beach permit does NOT qualify you for free entrance into New York State facilities including Robert Moses, Jones Beach, and Heckscher State Park.
Parks Department, Phelps Lane, North BabylonMay 13th-June 26th, Monday - Friday 10 am to 6 pm Cedar Beach Marina, Ocean ParkwayMay 22nd-September 7th, daily 9 am to 6 pm Tanner Park, Kerrigan Rd., CopiagueJune 27th-August 30th, daily 9 am to 5 pm
PERMITS WILL NOT BE SOLD IN INCLEMENT WEATHER
The marina has berths for boats and 41 campsites for self contained camp vehicles (with an additional 10 sites for overflow campers).
The campsites are available on a first come, first served basis, maximum of one week at a time. There is no advance registration. For certain holiday weekends sites are apportioned via a lottery system through this website.
There is a $50 permit fee, or $25.00 for applicants 60 years of age or older, and applicants must show proof of residency and ownership of the boat. When applying for a permit, applicants must provide:
No photocopies of any documents are accepted.
Town pools are open from June 28 through September 1. Double proof of residency is required, i.e a tax and utility bill. Children older than 3 years old must have either a birth certificate, library card or report card for identification verification. All children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult to obtain a pool pass.
The family plan for the Phelps Lane pool is $150, which does include access to all other Town pools.
An individual Summer pool pass is $50, for access to all Town pools. A senior citizen individual summer pool pass is $25, and the senior citizen family plan is $40, both includes access to all Town pools.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 3 and under are free.
The spray parks are open for the season in late June. The spray park season ends after the first weekend of September.
Applicants must prove they are residents of the Town of Babylon and requirements include:
Applicants must submit a Boat Wait List application to be placed on a waiting list. Once added to the waiting list, the Town will send a letter in November to each person on the waiting list to verify that they are still interested in order to stay on the waiting list. In the event that a boat slip becomes available, those on the waiting list, (depending on the size of the available slip), will be notified by mail. The season for boat slips runs from April 15th to November 15th.
For camping, boating, and other seasonal permits, all applicants must present a New York State Driver's License along with one of the following forms of identification:
Camping Permits cost $50.00, or $25.00 for those 60 years of age or older. Camping Permits are for use at Cedar Beach only and applicants must prove they are Town of Babylon residents by providing:
The resident must reapply for a new Camping Permit at a cost of $50.00 or $25.00 for those 60 years of age or older. Applicants must be a resident of the Town of Babylon and show a current New York State Driver's License.
The Boat Launch Permit allows residents to use the launch ramps located at Venetian Shores and Tanner Park on the Great South Bay.
The resident must reapply for a new Boat Docking/Launching Permit at a cost of $50.00 or $25.00 for those 60 years of age or older. Applicants must be a resident of the Town of Babylon and show a current New York State Driver's License.
Jet Ski launching is available at Tanner Park and Venetian Shores ONLY and applicants must prove they are Town of Babylon residents by providing:
These divisions and boards are responsible for receiving and processing applications for building permits, for new subdivisions, accessory apartments, variances, and requests for traffic safety control measures.
For questions regarding the Divisions of Planning and Engineering, please contact the Planning Department at (631) 957-3103.
Please check the Planning & Development Forms & Documents page to view the applications, forms and documents that are currently available online for the Planning and Development Department.
The following applications are available online:
The Zoning Board of Appeals Application and Radius Map Request Form are available online.
Please visit the Forms Center to view the application forms and other documents that are currently available online for the Zoning Board of Appeals.
All Accessory Apartment Permits are temporary exemptions from the Town of Babylon zoning laws regarding rentable portions of your primary residence. These permits must be renewed upon expiration. Three months prior to the expiration date, you must reapply for the permit.
An Accessory Apartment Permit Application must be completed and an appointment scheduled to have your documents reviewed. To schedule an appointment or if you require additional information about the process, please call (631) 957-7468.
To qualify for this permit the dwelling must:
The following applications are also available online:
There are other requirements related to handrails, stairways, doors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, parking, house exteriors, markers and others.
An inspection date may be scheduled for a Building Inspector to inspect both apartments in your residence. In some cases, a Town of Babylon Licensed Engineer Report may be required to certify that the premises comply with all required codes.
If an inspection fails, all violations must be corrected, and reinspected subject to a $50.00 re-inspection fee. A public hearing will be scheduled with notices published in the Town-designated newspapers.
Your application will be heard by the Accessory Apartment Review Board after all the paperwork has been submitted. A decision will be rendered by the Board after reviewing all submitted documentation and testimony of the hearing.
In addition, by working with the Town to achieve compliance, you will obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (CO), which home owner's insurance and mortgage companies require. You must have a CO before you can live in this structure. Structures that are built without a building permit are subject to fines.
A Building Permit is a formal written approval, stating all requirements and it is subject to various inspections by the Town allowing you to, in any way, alter property that you own. Please see the following information and instructions and/or applications for specific types of Building Permits:
A basement space becomes an illegal apartment when a kitchen is added. You can have a bedroom in the basement without a kitchen as long as the ceiling height is at least 7 feet 6 inches and there is an egress window in that room.
If you have any questions regarding front porches and decks, please call the Building Division, (631) 957-3058.
Please see the instructions to legally Maintain a Structure and Maintain a Dwelling.
There are different requirements for building or installing sheds, decks, fences and pools. These may vary depending on your particular zoning district such as Residential A, AA, B, or C. Following the code requirements for these structures ensures that the safety and property rights of Town residents while also helping to maintain the character of our neighborhoods. See the Rules for Sheds, Decks, Fences and Pools
There shall be a maximum of two sheds per lot. All sheds must meet lot area occupancy requirements. Set backs for under 100 square foot sheds include:
All sheds must meet building area requirements or will be required to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance. See the Rules for Sheds, Decks, Fences and Pools
Decks higher than 5 feet, enclosed decks and decks with a roof higher than 12 feet are considered additions to the main structure and require a Building Permit. Contact the Building Division for help in applying for these.
All decks must meet building area requirements or will be required to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance, as will any construction of a deck in a front yard. See the Rules for Sheds, Decks, Fences and Pools
For fences falling outside of these requirements, please contact the Building Division. See the Rules for Sheds, Decks, Fences and Pools
A Building Permit application with surveys and plans must be submitted to the Building Division for review and must comply with the following codes:
See the Rules for Sheds, Decks, Fences and Pools
Buildings with rental units can be a single family dwelling with only one kitchen. If the home is a legal two family by way of Certificate of Occupancy, both units may be rented and neither would be required to be owner occupied, but still requires a rental permit.
An inspection date will be scheduled for a Building Inspector to inspect the rental unit for compliance with the code requirements. In some cases, a Town of Babylon Licensed Engineer report may be submitted to certify that the premises comply with all required codes.
The Committee will then, if deemed warranted, submit an application to the Division of Traffic Engineering. Traffic Engineering will then do a site study and make a recommendation on the request. This may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
The Traffic Safety Committee will review the request and the engineering site study. After consideration, the committee will make a recommendation to the Town Board, who will then schedule a hearing. If the Town Board issues a resolution, that will then finalize the process and effectuate the change.
This entire process may take several months before a final decision is rendered.
All requests should indicate the location of the proposed sign and a brief description explaining the reason for the sign.
The Traffic Safety Committee will examine the location for the requested sign to determine if it fits with the area's existing traffic controls and conforms with both state and federal laws (NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law; NY State Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices; Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devises for Streets and Highway).
All complaints must include location (street name and/intersection) and the complainants name, address and phone number. The Traffic Safety Committee will then submit a request to the Suffolk County Police Department for increased enforcement of the speed limit in that area.
Reports should include the location of the missing or damaged sign such as the address and street name and/or intersection. The town is responsible for responding to such reports within two hours of receipt and then correcting the situation within 72 hours.
Reports should include the location of the broken signal such as the address and street name and/or intersection. The town is responsible for responding to such reports within two hours of receipt.
This Division is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all residents with disabilities and serves as a focal point for information, referral and technical assistance to physically and mentally challenged individuals and senior citizens.
Division responsibilities include:
The form must be completed in its entirety and signed by a physician. Applications can be returned in person or mailed directly to:
The Town cannot accept recommendations for such a permit from chiropractors or physical therapists.
• The issuance of New York State handicapped parking permits• Evening recreation programs for disabled residents• Transportation to and from medical appointments and grocery stores
In addition, all level 2 and level 3 sex offenders (those being the most serious offenders) living in the Town of Babylon were identified using the NYS Sex Offender Registry. The addresses were inputted into the system and those individuals who were living in violation of the County residency restriction law were immediately identified.
If there are new offenders, a QOLT member makes an entry into a log book and then checks Town records for any possible violations. The information about the sex offender is also immediately forwarded to the Town’s GIS operator to determine if there is a violation of the County’s residency restriction law. The Director of QOLT assigns the case to an inspector.
In addition, the Town sends a monthly report and GIS Map, indicating the location of each offender, to every school district located within the Town of Babylon notifying them of the findings and assisting them with their district’s alert to the parents of school age children. Further, the Town will notify each school district of the arrival of a new offender, daily.
If the offender is also living in illegal housing, summonses are issued to both the offender and the property owner. Summonses will also be issued to the owner of the property for any other violations found during the investigation.
Although the Town has no enforcement jurisdiction within the three villages, the Town follows the same notification process in each of these communities.
An inspector from QOLT is assigned to each offender who is currently violating the residency restriction law. The inspector is charged with visiting the location and confirming the residency status as well as issuing summonses for any violations that have been found.
The investigation also raises the question as to whether residency restriction laws are producing negative unintended consequences. Currently 57% of the sex offenders registered in the Town are living in restricted areas.
While some of these individuals are grandfathered under the current law, this high percentage may reflect the very limited area available within the town where sex offenders may legally reside. This number combined with the fact that numerous sex offenders are not living in their registered locations could be an indication that offenders are purposefully avoiding the registration requirements under Megan’s Law.
On a federal level, it also requires persons convicted of sex crimes against children to notify local law enforcement of any change of address or employment after release from custody.
The inquiry will be processed and a determination will be sent to the requester.
The inquiry will be processed and then a determination will be sent to the requester.
Once the request form is received by the Town Clerk via fax or in person, the Town Attorney reviews the request with subject area personnel. The law pertains to records only. It is not intended for examination of employees or officials. The Town is not required to create a new record in response to a question or questions.
The Town may seek clarification of the requested information and may reasonably decline to honor a request that is not descriptive enough within the context of the Town's record keeping system.
All records are available, unless an exception permits an agency to deny access. Common sense and the potential for harm that might arise from a specific disclosure, such as that which could preclude the government from carrying out its duties, are things that could limit disclosure.
For more information, contact the Town Clerk's Office at (631) 957-3017.
Property owners do not need to file a FOIL request to get information pertaining to property they own (and can show proof).
If a Certified Certificate of Occupancy is required, the application can be filled out by the property owner in the Department of Planning & Development's Building Division. Certified documents usually take about 2 weeks to be prepared.
If the vehicle is not registered, the owner must have a Town of Babylon licensed tow company remove it from the Department of Public Works. If the vehicle is registered, the owner can drive it out.
Fines must be paid and received by the Town within 30 days of the ticket in order to avoid penalties.
Fines can be paid in person, online at Parking Ticket Payments, or by mail. If paying by mail, make check or money order payable to the Town of Babylon and write your license number and the ticket number on the front of the payment to ensure proper credit. Mail the ticket and payment to the Town of Babylon, Parking Violations Bureau, 281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon, NY, 11703-4005.
The Town Code is available online. Additionally, Town Code books may be purchased in the Town Clerk’s office for $452.00. Annual code supplements cost $60 per annual issue.
Fines can be paid in person, online at Parking Ticket Payments, or by mail. If paying by mail, make check or money order payable to the Town of Babylon and write your license number and the ticket number on the front of the payment to ensure proper credit. Mail the ticket and payment to the Town of Babylon, Parking Violations Bureau, 281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon, NY, 11703-4005.
The Town Clerk serves as the chief records keeper for the Town. The Town Clerk's Office maintains the minutes for all Town Board meetings, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Accessory Apartment Review Board, the Planning Board, and all other boards governing the Town. This office has records dating back from 1827 of town laws, resolutions, ordinances, and other town business in the original form and on microfilm.
The Town Clerk performs four basic functions that include records management, registrar of vital statistics, marriage officer and licensing officer.
Please check the Town Clerk's Forms & Documents page to view the applications, forms and documents that are currently available online for the Town Clerk's Office.
Note: A property owner can request property information directly from the Department of Planning & Development's Building Division for property they own. They must show proof of identity. Certified documents can also be requested, but can take up to two weeks to prepare.
FOILS, copies of the Town Code and the Fire Prevention Book can be copied for .25 per page. Copies of plans can be copied at $5.00 per sheet for regular sized sheet, with larger sheets costing more. Surveys cost $1.00 each. Records can also be transferred to CD or disk for $3.00 per disk.
Only the titled owner will be able to reclaim the vehicle:
Fees are based on the size and the number of axles a vehicle has and the length of time the vehicle has been stored.
Unclaimed vehicles can ultimately be auctioned off by the Town. Questions can be answered by the Abandoned Vehicle Office at (631) 893-1066.
Records for births outside of the Town of Babylon are not kept in Town Hall. For these records, please contact the town or city the birth occurred in.
Only the person listed on the original birth certificate, the parents listed on the original birth certificate or federal agencies may request a birth certificate. The requester must provide either a current New York State driver's license, non-driver's license or current passport.
Death certificates can be obtained by the decedent's spouse, parents, children, siblings, an attorney with legal cause or federal agencies. The requester must provide either a current driver's license, non-driver's license or current passport. If a married daughter requests a deceased parent's death certificate, she should also bring a marriage certificate showing her maiden name. Any questions, please contact the Town Clerk's Office, (631) 957-3007 or (631) 957-4294.
Both applicants must be present to receive the license, not be related, not already be married to other persons, and must be 18 years of age or older. Once the application is approved, an additional $10.00 fee is due. There is a $10.00 per copy fee for copies of the license.
FEES:$25.00 Filing of Domestic Partnership Registration/Termination Statement.$10.00 For each additional certified copy of Certificate or Termination Statement.
For more information, contact the Town Clerk's Office at (631) 957-4291.
If a Certified Certificate of Occupancy is required, the application can be filled out by the property owner in the Department of Planning and Development's Building Division. Certified documents usually take about 2 weeks to be prepared.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at (631) 957-4294.
If an applicant is a widower, a copy of their previous spouse's death certificate must be presented along with all other required documentation.
If you did not receive your original marriage license from the Town of Babylon call (631) 957-4294 or (631) 957-3007 for more information.
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Requirements for this permit include:
For hunting, four-wheel drive vehicles and other seasonal permits, all applicants must present a New York State Driver's License along with one of the following forms of identification:
The requirements include:
Bonds will be released upon inspection of the completed work by the Department of Public Work's Highway Division.
The application is in triplicate with the yellow copy for Suffolk County, the white copy for the applicant (homeowner), and the pink copy for the Town Clerk.
The permit application is available in the Highway Department and is submitted with payment in the Town Clerk's Office during normal business hours, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Final approval comes from the Bergen Point Sewer Plant.
All applicants are required to:
Applicants must submit a completed application (available in the Environmental Control Department office at the Town Hall Annex) with $25.00 and a work plan.
Environmental Control will review the application and if approved by them, the application gets sent to the Town Clerk's Office, along with the $25.00 application fee. The Town Clerk's office will schedule the application for a Town Board meeting and upon approval by the Town Board will notify the applicant. The $75.00 permit fee is then payable.
For questions, please call the Department of Environmental Control, (631) 422-7640.
Residential Shellfishing Permits cost $5.00, or are free for those 60 years of age and older, and the permit allows you to fish in both Town of Babylon and Town of Islip waters. Applicants must provide a current New York State Driver's License.
Commercial Shellfishing Permits cost $75.00 or $25.00 for those 60 years of age and older, and only cash is accepted.
Applicants must provide:
The Town's Highway Department will provide barricades for the block party and place them where indicated on the sketch. Once those barricades are returned to the Town, the $100 deposit will be returned to the resident. All unclaimed checks are destroyed after two months.
The Youth Bureau is located at 281 Phelps Lane in North Babylon. The main contact is Claire McKeon at (631) 422-7660.
Sessions take place at the Town Hall Annex located at 281 Phelps Lane in North Babylon and are scheduled for afternoons (Monday through Friday) and evenings (Monday through Thursday). Parents should be aware that there are certain rules of confidentiality which must be observed by all counselors and therefore there may be certain items that have been discussed by the counselor and child which cannot be revealed to the parent(s). Additionally, all counselors working here are Mandated Reporters, meaning that they MUST report allegations of child abuse and/or neglect to the proper authorities.
After the intake session is completed, a counselor will be assigned to the case. Each client will be seen for approximately 45 minutes per week, at the discretion of the counselor. Sessions take place at the Town Hall Annex located at 281 Phelps Lane in North Babylon and are scheduled for afternoons (Monday through Friday) and evenings (Monday through Thursday).
Parents should be aware that there are certain rules of confidentiality which must be observed by all counselors and therefore there may be certain items that have been discussed by the counselor and child which cannot be revealed to the parent(s). Additionally, all counselors working here are Mandated Reporters, meaning that they MUST report allegations of child abuse and/or neglect to the proper authorities.
Youthful offenders who have committed violations or misdemeanors have their cases heard by a jury of their peers. Peers perform roles of prosecuting and defending attorney, judge, bailiff and jury. The experience allows young people an opportunity to constructively assume responsibility for their actions and offers an opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system.
Training classes are conducted by professionals. You can visit the Youth Court website for more information. Youths are trained by Suffolk County Assistant District Attorneys on how to hear and try cases.
Upon completion of the training program, youth court volunteers may begin to hear cases. The infractions being tried have been committed by teens aged 16 and under and are classified as misdemeanors.