Code Enforcement Officer
John Orr
(845) 469-2388 x243

Building Dept, Planning Board, & ZBA Secretary
Sandra VanRiper
(845) 469-2388 x231

Fax: (845) 469-5999

Monday - Friday
9 AM - 5 PM

47 Main Street
Chester, NY 10918

Building Department

The Village of Chester’s Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of the New York State Fire Prevention & Building Codes and the Village of Chester Zoning Code.  Our Code Enforcement Officer manages the Building Department. The Code Enforcement Officer assumes the responsibility of Building Inspector, Fire Inspector, FEMA Flood Plan Manager and 911 Address Coordinator. The Code Enforcement Officer is here to assist the residents and property owners in the Village with complying with the zoning codes and regulations of our municipality.

Building Permits

When do I need a Building Permit?

New York State and the Village of Chester laws mandate when a permit is required. The following is a guideline. If you are unsure if you need a permit, please call for assistance. This will insure a smooth project and eliminate any delays in construction. We would rather help you during the planning process, then then make you stop working while the proper paper work is filed.

For Residential Properties:

  • New construction of homes, garages and carports
  • Addition and alterations of buildings
  • Storage buildings including sheds, garages and pole barns, including prefabricated buildings delivered to site
  • Decks and porches
  • Fences
  • New Roof or re-roofing
  • Extending roofs over decks and porches
  • Rebuilding and structural renovations
  • Swimming pools above and in-ground, including decks around pools
  • Installation of woodstoves, fireplaces and chimneys
  • Demolition and removal of buildings

For Commercial Properties:

  • New construction
  • Most improvements, alterations, enlargements and repairs
  • Signs, including temporary signs
  • Change of Occupancy


  • Contractor’s Liability and Worker’s Compensation Insurance with the Village of Chester added as an additional insured
  • Electrician’s Orange County License – if applicable

When are permits not required?

For Residental Properties, permits are not required for replacement windows or non-structural necessary repairs. For Commercial Properties, please check with our office.