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.
Esopus is a NYS Stretch Energy Code town in Climate Zone 6.

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

For Logging or Blasting permits, please visit the Building Inspectors office during normal business hours.

If your project creates a new footprint (new home, addition, garage, etc.) or any ground disturbance (land clearing, tree removal, grading, septic system, foundation, etc.), Town of Esopus local law requires you to run the EAF Mapper and provide the results to the Building Department prior to the project commencing. 

Contact Us

1 Town Hall Way
Ulster Park, NY 12487
PO Box 700
Port Ewen, NY 12466
Monday-Friday, 8AM-4PM
FAX 845-331-8634

Director of Planning, Zoning and Code Enforcement
Fire Inspector
Mark Jaffee

Part-time Building Inspector &
Zoning Code Enforcement Officer
Salvatore Morello III

Municipal Zoning Officer
Hannah Palen

Administrative Assistant
Lisa Mance
845-339-1811, ext. 126
Fax: 845-802-5100


Stormwater Taskforce

As a subset of the Environmental Board, the Stormwater Taskforce was created to connect residents and the Town in efforts to better record the various stormwater flooding incidents occurring across Esopus. During 2018 and 2019, this Taskforce assisted in data collection for a report detailing how the Town can improve its water system. The final version of this report can be found by clicking here.

For all stormwater illicit discharge complaints please contact the Stormwater Management Officer (MS4) at 845-331-8630.