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  • Site Development  
    This process provides plan review and inspection on projects such as site work, underground utilities, new structures, paving, grading, parking lots, retaining walls earth fill and other types of site development. Particular attention is paid to erosion control provisions, drainage, water and sewer connections and utility locations. Survey, site plan and elevation drawings are required. In some instances a Site Preparation Permit may be required.
    You must comply with all applicable stormwater management requirements prior to any approval by the City Engineering Department if the project (construction or demolition of buildings, site clearing, filling, grading or excavating, road building, etc.) proposes:

    to disturb 10,000 sf or more of land (stripping or grading which affects more than 10,000 sf of ground surface within any parcel or any contiguous area)
      excavation or filling that exceeds a total of 300 cubic yards within any parcel or contiguous area

    site preparation on sites which exceed 15% slope or result in slopes in excess of 15% (however, when this is the only threshold met, the Director may deem small projects, which in his judgment do not present an adverse environmental impact, as not meeting this threshold).
    NYS DEC stormwater regulations also apply to projects involving an acre or more of land. 
    For additional local and state resources, please refer to the Engineering Department’s Stormwater Management page.  
    For any questions about stormwater management reviews, please contact John Kivlehan, Division Engineer, at (315) 448-8205 or
    For any other questions, contact the Code Enforcement Permit Desk at (315) 448-8600 or email us at: for further information.
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