WHEN IS A RENTAL PERMIT REQUIRED? Some East End towns, including Southampton and East Hampton, require the Owner/Landlord to obtain a rental permit that confirms that the property complies with all the provisions of the Town building codes and County sanitary codes and housing regulations. Your property must have a valid certificate of occupancy, as well as an inspection certified by a licensed professional engineer, registered architect, or Town inspector. The Towns strictly enforce the rental permits, which typically have a 2-year term. Chiffert Engineering can help you with this. WHEN DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT? Building Permits are need for commercial and residential construction, ranging from ground up construction to renovations, additions, expansions, and special construction such as pools, accessory structures, solar panels, and for some residential interior renovations/alterations. Building Permits are also required for demolition of an existing structure. WHEN IS A STRUCTURAL PERMIT REQUIRED? An application for a building permit or a demolition permit is not required where there is no change in the perimeter or structural elements of an existing structure that is being repaired, improved or remodeled. However, a residential storage shed typically does not require a building permit but shall require an owner’s affidavit attesting to compliance with current Town Zoning Code regulations. DO I NEED A PERMIT TO ADD A DECK OR A SMALL SHED TO MY PROPERTY? Yes, you need a building permit to add a deck to your property. The deck must comply with all setback and lot coverage requirements. Typically you do not need a permit for a small shed for household storage as long as it is less than 120 square feet in size, less than 12 feet in height, and is not illuminated. CAN I CONVERT MY GARAGE TO AN APARTMENT ? Garages are considered “accessory structures” so any conversion will require a building department permit, as well as a county health department approval for the addition of a bathroom. Chiffert Engineering will first undertake a review of the zoning regulations for your property as well as the existing septic system to determine whether such conversion is feasible/advisable. HOW DO I SUBDIVIDE MY PROPERTY? Subdivision of commercial or residential land requires the submission to and approval by the local Planning Board of the proposed plat with supporting material including drainage, easement, topographic materials, etc. Planning Board approval is required in order to obtain a building permit. Chiffert Engineering has extensive experience in subdividing land, including review of all environmental regulatory compliance, and can prepare all applications and make the relevant presentations to the municipal/Town/County boards.