Planning & Development

Responsibilities of the Planning Department 

The Town of Babylon Department of Planning and Development is committed to managing development through effective planning and zoning practices designed to enhance the quality of life in residential neighborhoods, create vibrant downtowns and business districts, protect the environment and promote an atmosphere in which industry can thrive. The Department advises the Supervisor, Town Board and various boards and commissions on matters of land use and development and also maintains and updates the Town’s Zoning Map, and Subdivision and Site Plan Regulations.

The Department strives to work with communities to achieve and maintain a better quality of life by providing professional guidance and coordination of all land planning and development activities, and by fairly and consistently implementing the Town’s regulations and policies.

The divisions below make up the department and are responsible for receiving and processing applications for building permits for new subdivisions, accessory apartments, rental units, variances, and requests for traffic safety control measures.

Accessory Apartment Division

The Division of Accessory Apartment accepts new or renewal applications for Accessory Apartments, which are defined by the Town of Babylon as an additional self-contained dwelling unit which is incorporated within a one family dwelling and contains a second kitchen. New and renewal applications are heard by the Accessory Apartment Review Board after all paperwork has been submitted.  

Building Department

The Building Department issues permits and enforces the zoning and local laws, ordinances, and buildings codes of the town. No building can be constructed or altered on any lot, plot, or premises until a Town of Babylon building permit authorizing the work has been issued. The Building Division requires that copies of plans, specifications, and other necessary information be filed with every permit application. Engineering, Plumbing and Signs are all divisions within the Building Department. 

Planning Division

The Division of Planning is responsible for the administration of zoning, subdivision, bar/restaurant, and gasoline station applications. The division is also responsible for developing the master plan for the town. Some important issues that the master plan addresses are transportation, revitalization, land use, beach preservation, and recreational facilities.

Rental Division

The Division of Rental accepts new or renewal applications for Rental Permits, which allows a home to be legally occupied by persons other than the owner. Anytime someone other than the owner of a home is the primary resident, a Rental Permit is needed to ensure that all homes are safe for others to live in, and that the premises have complied with all applicable code requirements. New and renewal applications are heard by the Rental Review Board after all paperwork has been submitted.  

Traffic Safety Division

The division provides study, implementation, and maintenance of traffic signals and other traffic control devices as well as pavement markings, data collection and analysis, spot speed radar studies, vehicle turning movements and volume counts, and maintenance and updating of the Babylon Unified Code of Traffic Ordinances. Requests for stop signs and other traffic safety devices for traffic control are processed through this division.

The Traffic Safety Committee works closely with Traffic Safety Division and the Suffolk County Police Department in enforcing traffic ordinances within the Town of Babylon. The committee reviews requests for traffic control measures, as well as develops programs to reduce deaths and injuries related to traffic accidents.

Requests for street signs can be submitted using this online form.

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Supplemental Boards

Meetings of the Accessory Apartment Review Board, Planning Board, Rental Board and Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) take place in the Town Board Room at Babylon Town Hall during the evening most weeks. 

To participate in a public hearing heard by any of these boards, constituents can visit Town Hall and address the board when the hearing is heard. Please visit the Agenda Center to find meeting agendas or the Public Notices page to find notices of public hearing. 

Accessory Apartment Review Board

The Accessory Apartment Review Board reviews and conducts public hearings on applications for temporary permits for accessory apartments.

Planning Board

The Planning Board studies and makes recommendations concerning zoning problems to the Town Board. The Planning Board considers and approves the filing of subdivision maps for home development, requiring the necessary site and street improvements.

Rental Board

The Rental Review Board reviews and conducts public hearings on applications for temporary permits for rental properties.

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews and conducts public hearings on applications for variance of the zoning ordinances. The board may grant a variance after considering the effects of these requests on the subject parcel, surrounding area, and the intended purpose of the zoning.