Building Department

Maggie Alix, Building Inspector

20 Clinton Street
Green Island, NY 12183
Phone: (518) 273-2201

The Building Department inspects structures for compliance with building codes and ordinances, structural quality, and zoning regulations.

Contact the Building Department for:

  • Building permits
  • Swimming pool installation
  • Landscaping (fencing, planters, flower boxes, trees, etc.)
  • Insulation requirements
  • Information on new buildings or building lots
  • Building alterations or additions
  • Enforcement of state and local building codes
  • Heating and chimney alterations
  • Disabled access requirements
  • Housing code enforcement
  • Zoning Code and maps
  • Wood stove installation
  • Decks, sheds, fences and detached garages
  • Any land alterations

Swimming Pool Rules and Regulations

Click here for the NYS Uniform Fire Preventions and Building Code (Uniform Code) swimming pool rules and regulations  

What is the Right of Way (ROW)?

The Village of Green Island adopted a Right of Way policy to allow the continued use, occupancy, maintenance, repair and replacement (on the same footprint) of encroachments of stairs, porches and overhangs protruding into the Village Right-of-Way (ROW) as they existed prior to the adoption of the Village Zoning Law in 1978 but only so long as said encroachments do not interfere or prevent the maintenance, repair, replacement or installation of necessary utilities and road improvements.

The ROW is the area between the curb and generally about 13’ inward from the curb. The area of the ROW varies street by street with some streets (Albany Avenue is one) having a larger ROW. Sometimes ROW is misunderstood because the Village owns the ROW but the homeowner is responsible for its maintenance (including sidewalks). Residents are prohibited from putting any structures, including but not limited to porches, fences, planters, flower boxes, trees, etc. in the Village ROW.  If you have any plans of putting anything in or near the ROW, including replacing existing fixtures/structures, please contact the Building Department at 273-2201 to make sure you are in compliance before the project is started.

Curb Cut/Off Street Parking Requests:

The Village Board adopted new guidelines on Monday, April 20, 2015 to determine potential eligibility for curb cut or off street parking requests. Click here for link to the adopted guidelines and click here for a schematic of the curb cut plan template. Please refer to these documents to help determine if you may be eligible to make a request.

All requests must be sent in writing and mailed or hand delivered to:

Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan
Village of Green Island
20 Clinton Street
Green Island, New York 12183

They may also be sent via email to maggiea@villageofgreenisland.com. The request should include a letter stating your intentions as well as contact information of the requestor. It must also include a narrative of how you will address each specific guideline. On a separate sheet, you must show a diagram or map of your lot (and adjacent properties as well) and include exact measurements showing compliance as depicted in the curb cut plan.

The Village Board will review and must authorize any curb cut requests before construction.

Please contact Maggie Alix at 273-2201 or maggiea@villageofgreenisland.com with any questions.