Village of Chester
47 Main Street
Chester, New York 10918

Phone: 845-469-2388

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 Building Department


Village of Chester Building Department

  Code Enforcement Officer - John Orr

The Village of Chester’s Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of the New York State Fire Prevention & Building Codes and the Village of Chester Zoning Code.  Our Code Enforcement Officer John Orr manages the Building department. The Code Enforcement Officer assumes the responsibility of Building Inspector, Fire Inspector, FEMA Flood Plan Manager and 911 Address Coordinator. The Code Enforcement Officer is here to assist the residents and property owners in the Village with complying with the zoning codes and regulations of our municipality


Office Information

Tel: (845) 469–2388
Fax: (845) 469–5999
Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Chester Village Hall
47 Main Street
Chester NY 10918

When Do I Need a Building Permit?

New York State and Village of Chester laws mandate when a permit is required. The following is for use as a guideline.


  • New construction of homes, garages and carports
  • Addition and alterations of buildings
  • Storage buildings including sheds, garages and pole barns. Including prefabricated buildings delivered to site.
  • Decks and porches.
  • Fences 
  • Extending roofs over decks and porches
  • Rebuilding and structural renovations
  • Swimming pools above and in-ground, including decks around pools
  • Installation of woodstoves, fireplaces and chimneys
  • Demolition and removal of buildings


  • New construction.
  • Most improvements, alterations, enlargements and repairs.
  • Signs, including temporary signs.
  • Change of Occupancy.

If you are unsure if you need a permit please call for assistance. This will insure a smooth project and eliminate any delays in construction.  We would rather help you during the planning process rather then make you stop working while the proper paper work is filed.

When are Permits Not Required?


  • Replacement windows
  • Non structural necessary repairs 


  • Check with our office  

Building Permit Application.pdf

  Local Codes Municipal Codebook for the Village of Chester NY



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