Code Enforcement

The code enforcement office fulfills its mission through plan review, periodic inspections, and identifying and correcting violations.


Patrick Giblin

Code Enforcement Officer

(518) 891-4150 x233



The Code Enforcement Officer administers and enforces all the provisions of the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) as per Chapter 10 of the Code of the Village of Saranac Lake.  The 2016 Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code consists of the following:


2015 International Residential Code

2015 International Building Code

2015 International Fire Code

2015 International Property Maintenance Code

2015 International Existing Building Code

2015 International Energy Conservation Code

2015 International Plumbing Code

2015 International Mechanical Code

2015 International Fuel Gas Code

2016 Supplement to the NYS Energy Conservation Construction Code

2017 Uniform Code Supplement




Building Permits


Building Permits are required for any work that must conform to the Uniform Code. This includes the construction, enlargement, alteration, improvement, removal, relocation or demolition of any building or structure or any portion thereof.

Other projects requiring building permits are:

  • Installation of a solid fuel burning heating or cooling appliance, chimney or flu in any dwelling unit
  • Electrical service upgrades
  • Re-roofing
  • Re-siding
  • Window replacement


There are exemptions to the building permit requirement based upon the nature of the repair. For more information, please contact the Code Enforcement office.




The Code Enforcement Officer or an inspector authorized by the Code Enforcement Officer will conduct multiple types of inspections.


  • Building projects may require multiple inspections. The Code Enforcement Officer will conduct these inspections, with the exception of electrical inspections. Contact the Code Enforcement Office for a list of approved third party electrical inspectors.


  • The Code Enforcement Officer conducts periodic inspection of areas of assembly, businesses, and apartment buildings with three or more apartments on a routine basis.


  • The Code Enforcement Officer conducts fire safety and property maintenance inspections on a routine basis.



Unified Solar Permits


Unified solar permitting is available statewide for eligible solar photovoltalic (PV) installations. This office provides the permiting process through the following application.

Code Enforcement Complaints

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The Code Enforcement Officer will review and investigate complaints which allege or assert the existence of conditions or activities that fail to comply with the Uniform Code. Persons with complaints or question about a specific property should contact the Code Enforcement Office or file an online complaint.

Attention Tenants: Know Your Rights!

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To learn more about the rights of tenants check out this guide published by the NYS Office of the Attorney General