Public Works

The Building Department and the Department of Public Works are listed together due to their close working relationship and the commonality of services to the community. Public Works Director Joe Amico, Building Inspector Terry Rech, Diane Zavaglia and Tanios Sarkis help manage both of these departments. They oversee Town drainage issues, work with the Town’s contracted engineering firm, Costich Engineering, accept all Planning Board applications and serves as that board’s liaison.

Together these departments are responsible for the Town of Gates planning, zoning and economic development activities as well as ensuring compliance with town ordinances and the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention Code and the New York State Building Code.

The Building Department works closely with developers, contractors and property owners in the Town of Gates to ensure that all building construction (new and existing) meets with building and safety regulations. The staff will assist an applicant who wishes to bring a project before the Town Board, Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals. The staff will advise an applicant of other county or state approval requirements and assist in the submission of required inspections and permits.

The Building Department coordinates the Monroe County Home Improvement Loan Application grants and works with the Gates Town Board to ensure all conditional use permits are filed, maintained and annually renewed. There is a part time Building Inspector who is responsible for review of all building plans and performs all legally required inspections. The assistant to the Director is responsible for preparing all Planning and Zoning Board agendas as well as acts as purchasing agent for all Buildings and Grounds.

Many projects require a Building Permit, below are a few examples:

  • Construction of a house or building
  • Alteration or additions to a house or structure
  • Construction or replacement of a deck
  • Installation or replacement of a pool, spa, or hot tub
  • Construction or enclosure of a porch
  • Construction of a shed or other building detached from principal residence
  • Conversion of an attic or basement to useable space (recreation room)
  • Demolition of any building interior or section (utility sheds excluded)
  • Repair of any structure damaged by fire
  • Construction of a sign
  • Adding fill, excavating or changing existing drainage
  • Relocation or moving any building
  • Installation of new or extending existing plumbing

If you are in doubt about whether a project you are undertaking requires a building permit, please call the Building Department at 247-6100 or email them at building_dl@townofgates.org .    All permit application and instructions are located on the document section of this page.

In addition, should your project not conform to the Town of Gates Zoning Ordinance, an applicant is required to appear before the Town of Gates Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance. The Zoning Board of Appeals  meets on the second Monday of every month to hear applicants request for a variance.  View our Zoning Map  to help determine the permitted uses for every property in Gates.

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