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The Department of Planning and Development is one of the Town's largest departments. It has nine divisions and three boards:
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 and Development Forms and Documents page to view the applications, forms and documents that are currently available online for the Planning and Development Department.
The Building Division issues permits and enforces the Town of Babylon's zoning, local laws, ordinances and building codes. 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 and specifications, and such other necessary information, be filed with every permit application.
The Town's Accessory Apartment Review Board conducts public hearings and reviews applications for temporary permits for accessory apartments. 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.
An Accessory Apartment is 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. You must obtain an Accessory Apartment Permit from the Accessory Apartment Review Board to legally use these spaces as living area. 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.
The following items will be required when you submit your application:
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.
For more detailed information on these requirements, please call the Rental Division at (631) 957- 4434.
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.