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Building, Planning & Zoning Contact Info

  no photo man Wayne Howe

Building Inspector
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M - F: 8am - 5pm
      no photo man William Lewis

Deputy Building Inspector
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M - F: 8am - 5pm
  no photo man Rick Requa

Code Enforcement Official
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M - F: 8am - 1pm

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Building Department Clerk
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Fred Harris

Code Enforcement Officer
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This Department enforces all applicable State and local codes, including but not limited to the Uniform Building Code of the State of New York and the Zoning Regulations of the Town of Milton.

This Department also reviews and issues all types of permits, including but not limited to residential and commercial construction, swimming pool installation, septic installation and repair, decks, sheds, siding and roofing installations, renovations, solid fuel burning device installation such as wood or pellet stoves, and sign installation and replacement.

Some smaller projects, such as storage buildings less than 144 square feet (12’x12’) and residential fence installations are exempt from the permit process. These permit-exempt projects due, however, still need to meet other zoning requirements such as setbacks to the property line and the height of the new building or fence.

Please call to discuss your proposed project at the early planning stage. This could save you time and money over the extent of your project.

Any permit issued will require certain onsite inspections to be completed by the Town. This could be limited to just one inspection or as many as ten or even more depending on your project. The required inspections for your project will be explained to you when your permit is issued. Inspections require a minimum of 24 hours prior notice of an inspector being onsite so please plan in advance so your project stays on schedule.

Zoning and planning applications, such as area and use variances, subdivision of land, special permit, and site plan review are also processed within the Building Department. Prior to being placed on either Board’s Agenda, the applicant must have a preliminary meeting with the Building Inspector to insure compliance with applicable codes and process.

All questions and inquiries are welcome, and encouraged. 

Wayne Howe
Building Inspector / Zoning Official

Town of Milton Zoning Fee Schedule

The Town Board of the Town of Milton adopted on January 2, 2008, the following schedule of fees for the administration and processing of applications for building, re-zoning, special permit, variances, site plans and subdivision plot approval, and related SEQR compliance.

Minor Subdivision (4 or less lots)

Sketch Plot Application

$200.00 review

Final Approval

$100.00 +$50.00 per lot/dwelling

Park & Recreation Fee*

$500.00 per lot/dwelling

Major Subdivision (5 or more lots)

Sketch Plat Application


Preliminary & Final Approval

$250.00+$100.00 per lot/dwelling

Preliminary & Final Approval

$100.00 per lot/dwelling escrow account**

Park & Recreation Fee*

$1,000.00 per lot/dwelling

** The Planning Board may refer an application to its private consultants for review.

Such consultants may include;

· An engineer

· Planning consultant

· Or other specialist necessary for the Board to make an informed decision.

Expenses incurred by the Town for this purpose shall be fair and reasonable and shall be reimbursed to the town by the applicant in the amount of the actual expense incurred. An escrow account of $100.00 per lot/dwelling unit shall be established for this purpose at the time of preliminary plat application. Should escrow be depleted prior to final approval, additional monies must be deposited before review will continue.

Payment in lieu of recreational land dedication for Subdivision & Site Plan

Major subdivision

$1,000.00 per lot/dwelling unit

Site Plan approved dwelling unit

$1,000.00 per dwelling unit

Minor subdivision

$500.00 per lot/dwelling unit

In compliance with the Town s Land Subdivision Regulations, land may be dedicated for park purposes if it is determined by the Planning Board, with the concurrence of the Town Board, that such dedication is desirable.

Performance Bonds and Maintenance Bonds

These requirements shall be fully met in strict accordance with the procedure established by the town s Subdivision Regulations, the town s Street Specifications and applicable provisions of the town law. A letter of credit will be considered as an alternative to a maintenance Bond at the discretion of the Town Board.

Inspection of Improvements five percent (5%) of estimate****

****The field inspection of improvements required for approval shall be warranted through an escrow account established prior to the signing of the final subdivision map by the Chairman of the Planning Board. The amount of such account and the cap established for engineering review of such installation shall be set at (5%) two percent of the estimated cost of the installation of such improvements.

SEQR-Related Fees

Further, in addition to the above stated fees, the applicant shall reimburse the town for expenses in the review of proposed actions in accordance with the provisions of Title *ECL and Part 617 NYCRR

Special Use Permit Application


Site Plan Review Application

+ .05 per sq. ft of gross floor area proposed

In addition to the application fee costs incurred by the Planning Board for review by its engineering consultant, planning consultant or other necessary specialists shall be reimbursable to the town.

Petition for Re-Zoning


PDD Part One

$1,000.00** Town Board

PDD Part Two


PDD Amendment


**Application for a PDD/PUD is applied for through the Town Board. The Town Board then will make a referral to the Town Planning Board for site plan review. Site plan review fees are required. The Planning Board will then refer applicant back to the Town Board with their recommendations for approval.

Use Variance Application


If a consultant is considered necessary by the Zoning Board of Appeals for an informed decision, reimbursement to the town for such services shall occur at cost.

Area Variance Application

$100.00 plus $50.00 per additional variance requested within the same application

The Town Board, Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals, as applicable, shall hold no public hearing nor take any action to endorse or approve any application until all applicable fees and reimbursable costs have been paid to the town with receipt therefore proved to the respective Board.

Permit Fees


$50.00 plus $0.10 per sq. ft. 
$150.00 plus $0.15 per sq. ft.
.05 per sq. ft. min. $50.00
.05 per sq. ft. min. $50.00
$100.00 + $3.00/acre harvested

Town Hall

503 Geyser Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 885-9220
Fax: (518) 885-0895

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

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