The Code Enforcement office is responsible for enforcement of building codes, enforcement of zoning code, and the issuance of building permits and their required inspections. The City of Rome Common Council has adopted the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code for the administration and enforcement of all construction and maintenance of new and existing properties.
The Housing Division provides general enforcement services utilizing both the New York State Property Maintenance Code and the Rome Code of Ordinances.
The housing inspectors are assigned ward territories where they provide services to include:
1) Private property maintenance enforcement
2) Social Service dwelling inspections
3) Zoning enforcement
As a result of a New York State regulation effective January 1, 2007, every municipality in NYS must conduct fire safety and property maintenance inspections.
Provisions shall be made for:
1) Fire safety and property maintenance inspections of buildings which contain an area of public assembly at intervals not to exceed one year
2) Fire safety and property maintenance inspections of all multiple dwellings (3 dwelling units and up) and all nonresidential occupancies at intervals consistent with conditions, but in no event shall such interval exceed one (1) year for dormitories and three (3) years for all other occupancies
The owner of a building must maintain and keep current all inspections and certifications of all equipment and fire alarm and control devices. These records shall be available to the Code Enforcement office upon request.
Many projects require permits. So, if in doubt about whether the project you intend to undertake will require a permit, please call the City of Rome Codes Department at 315-339-7642. A stop work order will be issued to any job started without a building permit and subject to a thorough inspection. Additionally, permit fees are doubled for any work started without a building permit.
Frequently asked questions and what would require a building permit are outlined in the links listed.
Without a permit: What can I do without a permit?
- Make ordinary repairs with like or similar material to restore original conditions that do not affect structural features or involve the installation or extension of electrical or plumbing systems.
- Install sidewalks or grade level patios (without a roof) on private property
- Install roofing shingles or siding
- Replace gutters or downspouts
- Replace plumbing fixtures such as a toilet or sink, or replace a hot water heater
- Install windows or doors in existing openings without structural alteration
- Install gas appliances that are not required to be vented, such as dryers and stoves
- Repair existing gas appliances
- Add insulation
- Install a fence in accordance within the City of Rome Zoning Ordinance
Permits required: Generally, permits are required to:
- Construct a house or building
- Add or make structural alterations to a building
- Construct or replace a deck
- Install or replace a pool, spa, or hot tub
- Kitchen or bath remodels
- Build or enclose a porch
- Construct an accessory building (shed or other structures detached from the principle bldg)
- Convert garage, attic, or basement to useable space, such as a recreation room
- Install new, or extend existing plumbing
- Alter or extend the electric system
- Demolish any building interior or building section, except utility sheds
- Repair structures damaged by fire
- Install any wood burning appliance (e.g. woodstove, fireplace, etc)
- Install a chimney liner or repair chimney
- Erect any sign
- Install a septic tank
- Drill a well
- Add fill, excavate or change existing drainage
- Move any building
The City of Rome regulates all accessory structures within the inner and outside districts to make sure that they meet the zone district development standards and the NYS Build Code. All accessory structures require a building permit to be issued by the code enforcement office prior to the placement or construction of the structure. All accessory structures that are less than 144 square feet in size do not require a fee to obtain a building permit. For structures larger than 144 square feet in size, a fee will be charged for the building permit and the structure is to be constructed in accordance with the NYS Building Code.
All residential swimming pools within the City of Rome containing 24” of water or more require a building permit. The building permit is required to ensure that the pool meets the applicable zoning codes, building codes, and electrical codes. The zoning code states that all pools must be located in the side or rear yards. In ground pools must be located no closer than 5′ away from the property line. Above ground pools must be located no closer than 10′ away from the property line. A third party electrical inspection is required for all pools that require a building permit to ensure the proper installation of the electrical wiring and components. A list of third party electrical inspection agencies is listed below. A copy of the completed electrical inspection must be submitted to the building inspector prior to the use of the pool, and without it a Certificate of Compliance will not be issued. For pools with an outside wall height that is greater than 48” above grade, a barrier is not required. All other pools must meet the proper barrier requirements before the Certificate of Compliance is issued and the pool can be used.
This section has listed links and information for your demolition concerns.
The purposes of these sign regulations are to:
- Encourage the effective use of signs as a means of communication in the city
- Maintain and enhance the aesthetic environment and the city’s ability to attract sources of economic development and growth
- Improve pedestrian and traffic safety
- Minimize possible adverse affects of signs on nearby public and private property
- Enable the fair and consistent enforcement of these sign restrictions
The City of Rome requires all plumbing work to be performed by a City of Rome licensed plumber. The Code Enforcement Office oversees a plumbing board, administers plumbing exams, and enforces the performance of all plumbing activities in the City. It is the responsibility of the plumbing inspector to ensure the health and safety of the public water and sanitation while enforcing quality workmanship and adherence to standards.
The City of Rome Zoning Ordinance, developed in conjunction with the comprehensive plan, was adopted April 28, 2004. The new ordinance is a complete revision of the former ordinance adopted in the early 1960’s. Because of the age of the previous ordinance, many components of the document were outdated and incomplete. The new ordinance focuses on correcting these issues, improving development standards, focusing development in appropriate areas and making the City of Rome a friendly place to live and do business.
A zoning law is a community’s guide to its future development. It is not meant to be just another governmental intrusion, or another bit of red tape ahead of development plans. A landowner can look at the zoning map and regulations and know that if he follows them, he has a right to use his land in a certain way, and that neighboring property is subject to the same restrictions. But, because all land in the district is subject to the same rules, and because no two parcels of land are precisely the same, problems can arise.
When the first zoning ordinance in this country was passed in New York City in 1916, there was doubt that the courts would uphold its constitutionality, since it was a new and, at that time, radical system of land use control. Various safety valves were included in that first ordinance; therefore, in an attempt to relieve the pressure of too rigid enforcement of the zoning ordinance and any attendant hardship, and also to attempt to ensure judicial approval of the new concept. Foremost among these devices was the concept of an administrative body that would stand as a buffer between the property owner and the court. That administrative body is the Zoning Board of Appeals, sometimes referred to as a board of adjustment.
Code Enforcement Contact Information:
198 N. Washington Street
Rome, NY 13440
Phone: (315) 339-7642
Fax: (315) 339-7638
Mark Domenico, RA.
Email: Mark Domenico
Email: Jean Grande
Assistant Building Inspector
Email: Dan Carpenter
Housing Inspector Wards 1, 3 & 4
Email: Greg Shaver
Housing Inspector Ward 2, 5 & 6
Email: Gino Diciolla
Email: J. Michael Mondrick
Fred Fox Jr.
Fire Prevention / Housing Inspector Ward 7
Email: Fred Fox Jr.