NOTICE: Per Ulster County Local Laws 3 & 8 of 2019, effective 11/1/2020, Ulster County Master Electrician Licenses will be required in order to obtain building permits for electrical work once the Ulster County Electrical Licensing Board beings issuing licenses. For more information, click here.


Building Department

The building department of the Town of Esopus is committed to serving the public and ensuring the health, safety and well being of all its residents. The mission of the department is to secure compliance with State and Local codes for the protection of the property owner and consumer as well. We operate with an open door policy and invite you to stop in during normal business hours with questions, concerns, or to secure documents and applications.

An application must be filed with the Building Inspector for any and all proposed work.
Projects costing under $250: necessity of building permit to be determined by the Building Inspector after application review.
Fee for a building permit by either square foot or cost is at the discretion of the Building Inspector.
Minimum for for any permit is $50.
All fees will double if work was started without a permit.
Permits may be renewed twice (2 yrs.), after which the full permit fee shall be paid to extend.

Application Fees: Non-refundable, due at submission

Residential: over 900 square feet




All others


Permit Fees

Residential: including new construction, modular homes, alterations, renovations, additions, decks, porches, and reconfigurations


per square foot
Commercial structures & multiple-dwelling units


per square foot
All fuel-burning appliances (including tanks and generators)


All electrical and plumbing


HVAC including ductwork


per unit
Accessory uses and structures: pools, carports, barns, garages, sheds, solar, fences, roofing, windows, doors, siding and repairs


plus $10.00 for every $1,000.00 of project cost
Accessory structures ≥ 400 square feet


per square foot
Blasting & Logging




per story
Business Change of Occupancy or Use


Abstract Search Report: Residential


Abstract Search Report: Commercial




Septic systems replacement and repairs


Renewals (maximum of 2)50% of original cost
Manufactured Homes: Single-wide


Manufactured Homes: Double-wide


Operating Permits (with Site Plan Inspection)


Fire Inspection (per building)

0 to 2,500 square feet


2,501 to 5,000 square feet


5,001 to 10,000 square feet


10,001 to 20,000 square feet


20,001 to 50,000 square feet


Multiple Residential


per unit

Contact Us

PO Box 700
284 Broadway
Port Ewen, NY 12466
Monday-Friday, 8AM-4PM
FAX 845-331-8634

Building Inspector,
Zoning Code Enforcement Officer
& Interim Fire Inspector
Mark Jaffee

Assistant Building Inspector &
Zoning Code Enforcement Officer
Salvatore Morello III

Hannah Palen