A detailed list of the services the Office of the Town Clerk offers can be found here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
COURT Where do I pay a traffic or parking ticket? Traffic or parking tickets issued within the Town of Greenburgh can be paid or disputed at the Courthouse, located at 188 Tarrytown Rd., White Plains, NY 10607. You can reach the Courthouse by calling (914) 989-1850. You may also pay parking tickets online by clicking here.
How can I contact the Court Clerk? The Court Clerk and Town Clerk are two separate entities. To reach the Court Clerk, please call the Courthouse at (914) 989-1850.
How do I know if I need a dog license? Once your dog is old enough to receive a rabies vaccination (4 months of age) it is by law your duty to have him/her licensed.
How do I apply for a dog license? The following form is requested to be filled out for a NEW license (Click here). A fee of $16 applies to dogs who have been proven via affidavit or veterinary documentation to have been spayed or neutered. Dogs who are not spayed or neutered have a licensing fee of $23. Once you fill out the form you may come in during regular business hours or mail in the form along with a copy of the dog’s current rabies vaccination information. This information can be obtained from your dog’s veterinarian. Please note that if there is no accompanying documentation that states that your dog has been spayed or neutered whether initially or upon renewal of the license you are subject to the higher license fee.
What if I am late renewing my dog’s license? Dog licenses must be renewed annually. When it is time to renew your dog’s license, the Town of Greenburgh will mail you a reminder which allows 45 days to submit payment. A notice of delinquent renewal is sent if you do not renew your dog’s license in time and an additional late fee of $10 will be applied to the annual fee.
I lost my dog’s tag. What do I do? Please report the loss to us. A fee of $5 will apply to your dog’s new replacement tag. You can obtain a replacement tag by coming in during regular office hours or mail us a check for $5 with a note explaining that you would like a replacement tag.
My dog died. What do I need to do? Advise the Town Clerk’s Office and we will update the record, OR when your renewal reminder arrives in the mail check the box labeled “deceased” and send it back. DO NOT enclose a check.
I am transferring ownership of my dog. What do I need to do? Your dog will need to be licensed by their new owner in the municipality in which they reside. When your renewal reminder arrives in the mail, check the box labeled “transferred owner”. DO NOT enclose a check.
What is a FOIL? FOIL stands for Freedom Of Information Law. What is known as a “FOIL” record is information documented by a municipality that is a matter of public record.
How do I submit a FOIL request? In order to obtain a public record you are required to submit a formal request. The FOIL request form can be found here. The form is also available in our office. Requests can be submitted via e-mail (email@example.com), regular mail, or in person in the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.
HANDICAPPED PARKING How can I obtain a handicapped parking permit? You can obtain a handicapped parking permit by printing out the form found here. The form is also available in our office and we will be happy to mail you a blank form if need be. Once you have the form, fill out the top section (Part 1) and have your physician complete “Part 2, Medical Certification. Return the form to us during regular business hours or via mail. We will ask to see your NYS issued driver’s license or non-driver’s ID (if you have one). If you are mailing the application please enclose either a copy of your NYS issued driver’s license or non-driver’s ID OR write the nine-digit ID number (located above or to the immediate right of your photo).
How can I renew my permanent (blue tag) handicapped parking permit? Once your handicapped parking permit expires you are required by law to renew it. It is not necessary to complete another application for a permanent tag. Use of an expired tag is a parking violation and you can be ticketed. If you come in during regular business hours, we will issue you a new tag. You can also call us at (914) 989-1500 and give us your name and we will mail you a new tag.
How can I renew my temporary (red tag) handicapped parking permit? If you are diagnosed with a temporary disability you are required to renew your permit if necessary after it expires. The maximum amount of time we can issue the permit for is 6 months. If your physician lists your expected recovery date less than 6 months from the day you apply, you will be issued a permit expiring at the end of that given month. If your permit expires before you recover you will be asked to repeat the initial application process by filling out the form found here. The form is also available in our office and we will be happy to mail you a blank form if need be. Once you have the form, fill out the top section and have your physician fill out the middle section. Return the form to us during regular business hours or via mail. We will ask to see your NYS issued driver’s license or non-driver’s ID (if you have one). If you are mailing the application please enclose either a copy of your NYS issued driver’s license or non-driver’s ID OR write the nine-digit ID number (located above or to the immediate right of your photo).
What do I do if I lose my handicapped parking permit? If you come in during regular business hours we can issue you a new tag. You can also call us at (914) 989-1500 and give us your name and we will mail you a new tag.
How can I be issued handicapped parking license plates? In order to obtain handicapped license plates, you would fill out the form here and contact the nearest or most convenient NYS DMV location. The nearest DMV office is located in The City of White Plains at 200 Hamilton Ave., White Plains, NY 10601. For more information you may also call the NYS DMV at (718) 477-4820.
What do I do with my expired tag? If you do not turn it in to our office during regular business hours, please dispose of it by cutting it up or shredding it.
-Can I obtain a hunting or fishing license in Town Hall? Yes you can. Hunting licenses can be obtained Monday through Friday from 9AM-4:30PM. More information can be found here on the New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation website.
MARRIAGE LICENSE What forms of identification and/or legal documentation must I bring with me when I apply for a marriage license? In order to obtain a marriage license, both parties to be wed must be present. They must bring an original or certified copy of their birth certificates. If you were born outside of the United States and your birth certificate is NOT in English it must be translated and notarized by an authorized translator. Both parties must also bring photo identification in the form of a Driver’s License, Non-driver’s ID OR a passport. If either party has been married previously: If the previous marriage(s) ended in divorce please bring a copy of the final decree(s) of divorce, if the previous marriage ended due to death we ask that you provide us with the date of their death. A copy of the death certificate is not required.
When can I get a marriage license? We are available to issue marriage licenses Monday through Friday between the hours of 9AM-4PM. We also have late hours between 5PM-7PM generally occurring on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Please call the office to confirm the dates.
What is the fee for a marriage license? The fee is $40, payable by cash, check, or money order only.
There is an error on my marriage license. How do I get it corrected? You would have to file a correction of marriage form with the New York State Department of Health. You can contact our office for a copy of this form. You can also contact the New York State Department of Health directly at (518) 474-2013.
How can I obtain a certified copy of my marriage license? Please note that a marriage license is filed in the municipality in which the license was obtained, NOT where the ceremony occurred. You will be asked to fill out the form found here (also available in our office). A fee of $10 per copy applies.
MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION What is the contact information for the Police Department? IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A TRUE EMERGENCY PLEASE DIAL 911. The Police Department is located at 188 Tarrytown Rd., White Plains, NY 10607. They can be contacted via phone at (914) 989-1700 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I obtain information on Senior Citizen Assistance Programs within the Town of Greenburgh? You can contact the Department of Parks & Recreation by calling (914) 693-8985.
How can I obtain information on events in the Town of Greenburgh? We publish two yearly seasonal activities guides that are available in our office and at the Department of Parks & Recreation, located at 11 Olympic Lane, Ardsley, NY 10502. You can contact Parks & Recreation by phone at (914) 693-8985. The entire guide is also available on our website here.
What is the contact information for Animal Control? You can contact Animal Control by calling (914) 989-1700.
Where can I get information about the S.T.A.R. Program? You can get information about the S.T.A.R. Program by contacting the Assessor’s Office at (914) 989-1520
What is the contact information for the Greenburgh Central School District? The Greenburgh Central School District is located at 475 West Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale, NY 10530. You can reach them by dialing (914) 761-6000.
I just moved to Greenburgh, where will my child attend school? You can find out what district your child is in based on your address contacting the Assessor’s Office at (914) 989-1520.
What is the contact information for the Greenburgh Public Library? The Greenburgh Public Library is located at 300 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford, NY 10523. You can reach them by dialing (914) 721-8200.
How do I get the current Sanitation Schedule and info? You can do so by contacting the Department of Public Works at (914) 989-1580
What is the sales tax rate in Greenburgh? The Greenburgh Sales Tax Rate is 7.375%.
How do I obtain a permit to park at the Hartsdale train station? You would need to contact the Hartsdale Public Parking District. They are located at 234 East Hartsdale Ave. (Site A Garage, Parking Level 3) Hartsdale, NY 10530. You can reach them by phone at (914) 723-1026 or e-mail email@example.com.
Town Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes How do I view Town Board Agendas? You can view Town Board Agendas, by visiting the Town of Greenburgh Website and click the link for "Agendas and Minutes," scroll down and click the meeting date" How do I view Town Board Minutes? You can view Town Board Minutes, by visiting the Town of Greenburgh Website and click the link for "Agendas and Minutes," scroll down to meeting date and click "Minutes" VITAL RECORDS & GENEALOGY
What is a “vital record”? Birth Certificates and Death Certificates are considered vital records. These records apply to those who were born in or passed away within the Town of Greenburgh.
Who can get copies of vital records? Usually certified copies of birth certificates can be obtained by the person the certificate is for and/or immediate family. Certified copies of death certificates can be obtained by immediate family of or legal counsel for the deceased. A fee of $10 per certified copy applies. For birth records you will be asked to fill out the form found here. For death records you will be asked to fill out the form found here. The form is also available in our office.
I’m doing genealogical research. How can you help? If the person was born or passed away within the Town of Greenburgh we can give you certified copies of their birth and death records. A fee of $10 per certified copy applies. For birth records you will be asked to fill out the form found here. For death records you will be asked to fill out the form found here. The form is also available in our office.
What is the fee for a copy of a vital record? The fee for a certified copy of a vital record is $10. A certified copy can be used in place of an original copy. Certified copies each contain a raised seal that distinguishes them as such. For birth records you will be asked to fill out the form found here. For death records you will be asked to fill out the form found here. The form is also available in our office.
VOTING I have general questions about the Election process and registering to vote. Who should I call? You may contact the Westchester County Board of Elections, located at 25 Quarropas St., White Plains, NY 10601. You can reach them by phone for general information by calling (914) 995-5700.
How do I register to vote? You are required to fill out a voter registration form that you can download here. We also have the forms on hand in the Town Clerk’s Office. Once you fill out the form, follow the instructions on where to mail it. For more information on registering to vote you may contact the Westchester County Board of Elections at (914) 995-5713.
Where do I vote? You can find out where your polling place is by calling the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours or by utilizing the Online Polling Place Locator here.
Where can I get an absentee ballot? They are available in the Town Clerk’s Office. You can also download one by clicking here.
Where can I shred my documents? The Westchester County Shedding Facilities and schedules for recycling are available online at westchestergov.com or by phone at (914) 813-5425. Location is at 14 Woods Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595.
HOME OCCUPATION-- Any use customarily conducted entirely within a dwelling and carried on only by the residents thereof, which use is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling for dwelling purposes, does not change the character thereof, does not have any exterior evidence of such secondary use, other than a permitted nameplate, and does not involve merchandising, trade, commercial repair or service, manufacturing or processing or the exchanging of commodities by sale. Any business enterprise or activity which shall require a license of the county or state shall be deemed not to be a home occupation.(§ 285-5 ? Definitions)
Regulations for Home Occupation
§285-36C. Home occupations, where permitted in single-family detached dwellings, shall comply with the following:
(1)Said home occupations shall be conducted by members of the family residing on the premises.
(2)Said home occupation shall be incidental and subordinate to the residential use and shall not occupy more than 50% of the area of one floor of the principal building. No home occupation shall be conducted in an accessory building or outside of the principal building.
(3)In no manner shall the appearance of the building be altered or shall the occupation within the residence be conducted in a manner that would cause the premises to differ from its residential character, either by the use of colors, materials, construction, lighting, size or the emission of sounds, noises or vibrations. No display of products shall be visible from the street, and no stock in trade shall be kept on the premises.
(4)The home occupation shall not increase the vehicular traffic flow by more than one additional vehicle at a time and shall not involve the use or outdoor storage of commercial vehicles for delivery of materials to and from the premises.
(5)No home occupation shall create noise, dust, vibration, odor, smoke, electrical interference, fire hazard or any other hazard or nuisance to any greater extent or more frequent extent than that usually experienced in the district under circumstances wherein no home occupation were to exist.
(6)Home occupations shall in no event be deemed to include animal hospitals, kennels, barbershops, beauty parlors, clinics or hospitals, dancing schools, mortuaries, nursery schools or day-care centers, clubs, auto repair shops, television and radio repair shops, restaurants, tourist homes, rooming houses or boardinghouses and uses similar to those listed above.
§285-38 Home occupation
Two (2), in addition to that which is required for the residential use (two (2) per dwelling unit)
Can I have a Professional Office in a single or multi-family residence?
A Building Permit is required for the use of a professional office in a single or multi family residence, including a site plan showing required parking and landscaping, a floor plan detailing the layout of professional office and a copy of the professional?s New YorkState license.
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE-- An office for a person who practices an occupation in which some department of science or learning is applied to the affairs of others, either advising or guiding them, or otherwise serving their interests or welfare in the practice of an art founded on such knowledge. The word "professional" implies attainments in knowledge, as distinguished from mere skill, and the application of such knowledge to serve others. A professional license issued by the State of New York or validated membership in a national professional organization may be considered sufficient, but not necessary, to establish the status of a professional person. (§ 285-5 ? Definitions)
§285-38 Professional office in a residence three (3) per office or two (2) for each professional maintaining office hours for consultation, whichever is greater, in addition to that required for the residential use (two (2) per dwelling unit)
§285-38H(2)Landscape strips with a minimum width of 10 feet shall be provided along all property lines of multifamily and nonresidential uses except as required in § 285-40A(4) of this chapter. Landscape strips with a minimum width of five feet shall be provided between any additional parking spaces required by this chapter for home occupations and professional offices in residence and all property lines of such uses except as required in § 285-40A(4) of this chapter. Such landscape strips shall comply with the following minimum standards as well as all applicable requirements set forth elsewhere in this chapter:
(a)Said landscape strips shall include evergreen planting and other landscaping of such type, height, spacing and arrangement as, in the judgment of the Planning Board, will effectively screen the activity of the lot from the neighboring uses.
(b)Unless specifically required elsewhere in this chapter, a wall or fence of location, height, design and materials approved by the Planning Board may be substituted for part or all of the required landscape strips.
(c)Where the existing topography and/or existing landscaping provides adequate screening, the Planning Board may waive or modify the planting and/or landscape requirements of this chapter.
Regulations for Professional Office in a Single-Family
§285-36D.Professional offices in single-family detached residences, where permitted, shall comply with the following:
(1)Said office shall be conducted by a professional residing on the premises. Not more than two nonresident assistants shall be employed by any such professional resident.
(2)Said office shall be incidental and subordinate to the residential use of the building and shall not occupy more than 50% of the area of the ground floor of the principal building. No office shall be conducted in an accessory building.
(3)In no manner shall the appearance of the building be altered or shall the office within the residence be conducted in a manner that would cause the premises to differ from its residential character, either by the use of colors, materials, construction, lighting, sizes or the emission of sounds, noises or vibrations.
(4)The professional office shall not increase the vehicular traffic flow by more than one additional vehicle at a time and shall not involve the use or outdoor storage of commercial vehicles for delivery of materials to and from the premises.
(5)No professional office shall create noise, dust, vibration, odor, smoke, electrical interference, fire hazard or any other hazard or nuisance to any greater extent or more frequent extent than that usually experienced in the district under circumstances wherein no professional office were to exist.
Regulations for Professional Office in a Multi-Family Residence
§285-36E.Professional offices in multifamily dwellings, where permitted, shall comply with the following:
(1)Professional offices in multifamily dwellings shall be limited to the ground floor. For purposes of this subsection only, the words "ground floor" shall mean the first floor of residential use.
(2)In no manner shall the exterior appearance of the residential unit or the common areas of the building be altered, nor shall the office within the residence be conducted in such a manner that would cause the premises to differ from the residential character of the building or the appearance of other residential units in the building.
(3)No professional office in a multifamily building shall exceed in size the largest unit used for residential purposes.
(4)No professional office shall create noise, dust, vibration, odor, smoke, electrical interference, fire hazard or any other hazard or nuisance in excess of that usually experienced in the district under circumstances wherein no professional office were to exist.
(5)All professional offices must register with the Building Department and obtain a permit from the Building Inspector. All existing offices as of the date of this Subsection E shall have one calendar year to register and obtain said permit.
(6)Professional offices in multifamily buildings established prior to the effective date of this subsection shall not be held to regulations more restrictive than those in effect at which time said offices were constructed, except that said offices shall be required to comply with the registration provisions with the Building Department per Subsection E(5) above.
How do I handle Asbestos?
Should I be Concerned About Asbestos if I Live in an Older Home?
Yes, any home built before or in the 1980s is likely to contain asbestos
Where Can Asbestos be Found in Older Homes?
Many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Some common products that may contain asbestos and have the potential to release fibers include resilient floor tiles, door gaskets, roofing shingles, textured paint, walls, and ceilings. If asbestos is suspected within the home, t
he first step is to call a licensed professional abatement contractor and have the suspicious material tested. If testing is too expensive, treat the material as if it contains asbestos. Do not attempt to remove the asbestos-containing materials by yourself.
Why Should I be Concerned About Asbestos in My Home?
Excessive amounts of exposure to asbestos are known to cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma cancer.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the mesothelial cells found in the body. Pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of mesothelioma cancer, develops in the mesothelial lining of the lungs. Due to an extended latency period, mesothelioma treatment often results in palliative measures rather than curative.
Asbestos Uses and Dangers
The naturally occurring mineral asbestos was widely used in a variety of building components. This unique mineral acts as a superb fire retardant, is resistant to heat and rot, and performs as an excellent insulator. Due to these qualities, producers of construction materials mixed asbestos into paints, glues, cements, fiberboard, insulation, roofing, siding, flooring, and paper in order to enrich such building materials with asbestos’ advantageous characteristics.
Asbestos pipe insulation
Asbestos cement roofing shingles
Thankfully, as long as asbestos fibers remain bound in these materials, it does not present a serious health hazard. However, when asbestos
-containing materials are damaged or disturbed, toxic fibers can be released into the air. These microscopic asbestos fibers are easily inhaled and it is extremely difficult for the body to expel them. In fact, exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of illnesses, such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the body’s mesothelial linings of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Asbestos is also known to cause gastrointestinal cancer and has been linked to colon cancer as well. Typically, these diseases do not exhibit symptoms for 15 to 50 years after initial exposure, making them especially difficult to diagnose.
Where to Spot and How to Avoid Asbestos
Since most structures built before the 1980s contain asbestos, it is important to know the common places to find asbestos in order to spot and avoid exposure. Spotting asbestos products that are not clearly labeled is practically impossible with the human eye, so testing is the only way to know if a product contains asbestos. Make sure not to sample the product yourself, which comes with the risk of releasing asbestos fibers into the air. Rather, hire a professional to take a sample for testing. Some possible sources of asbestos in homes include the following:
Tile and sheet vinyl flooring (adhesives applied in flooring also contained asbestos)
Roofing materials, such as tiles, felt, and adhesives
Textured plaster used in acoustical ceiling treatment (and decoratively along walls and ceilings)
Sheet products: millboard, rollboard, and others
Joint compounds and plaster used to patch holes and seams
Insulation: including wall insulation, pipe covering, electrical tape and wadding, and in stoves and furnaces
Hire a Professional
There are a variety of professionals available for asbestos abatement. Whether you want to remove the asbestos
-containing materials completely, or choose to cover them in some way, a licensed professional offers safety and security, as removing asbestos on your own is exceptionally hazardous. Professionals can perform air quality tests before, during, and after the remediation process. Air monitoring can be particularly reassuring if your family or employees are present during the abatement.
Professional asbestos abatement
For more resources on asbestos, the various forms of asbestos cancer, and other illnesses caused by asbestos exposure, please click on the links below
Do I need a building permit? Building permits are required for all construction projects including but not limited to: additions, alterations/repairs, siding, brick facades, kitchen remodeling (cabinetry), new driveways, driveway enlargements, patios, new decks or repair of existing decks, and walls over four feet in height. It is always recommended to call the Building Department before you begin your project to determine what forms/plans are required. 914-993-1561
Section 285-44 of the Zoning Ordinance states:
No building or structure in any district shall be erected, reconstructed or restored, structurally altered or used without a building permit.
A structure is defined in Section 285-5 of the Zoning Ordinance as: STRUCTURE [Amended 7-8-1987 by L.L. No. 3-1987] A. Anything which is constructed or erected which requires a location on the land or attachment to something having such location, including but not limited to the following: (1) Signs or billboards. (2) Fences over six feet in height in a front or side yard and fences over eight feet in height in a rear yard. (3) Walls other than those less than four feet high. (4) Antenna(s), except functional receive-only antenna(s) having a net exposure less than two square feet in the vertical plane and no dimension in the horizontal or vertical plane that exceeds 96 inches, attached directly to a masonry chimney, penthouse or rooftop mechanical appurtenance on a pole no longer than eight feet in length. For the purpose of this chapter, a functional satellite dish antenna having a maximum diameter no greater than 18 inches that does not exceed the maximum permissible exposure limits in Table VIEN shall not be considered a structure. [Amended 8-13-1996 by L.L. No. 7-1996; 4-29-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997; 3-24-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999] (5) Pergolas, porches, patios, decks, outdoor bins, tool sheds, carports, equipment and storage buildings or sheds, swimming pools, swimming pool filter pads, tennis courts, doghouses or sheds. [Amended 8-13-1996 by L.L. No. 7-1996; 4-29-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997] (6) Tents, lunch wagons, trailers, dining cars or similar structures on wheels or other supports used for business or living purposes.
B. A building permit shall be required prior to the construction or erection of any structure.
C. All buildings are structures. For the purposes of setback requirements, classification of buildings as "principal" or "accessory" shall be controlling. STRUCTURE, MINOR ACCESSORY -- A building no larger than 150 square feet in area and no more than 10 feet in height, and customarily found accessory to dwelling units, including playhouses, tree houses, storage sheds, and greenhouses. [Added 6-11-2003 by L.L. No. 5-2003] STRUCTURE, TEMPORARY -- One erected, constructed or placed upon the premises, to exist there for a brief or temporary duration of time, not exceeding one year. All other structures shall be deemed and considered permanent for the purpose of this chapter.
Do I need a building permit to install a fence?
No. Fences can be installed without a building permit as long as the proposed fence meets the following regulations:
285-40C(5) - Except as provided elsewhere in this chapter, the yard requirements of this chapter shall not be deemed to prohibit any otherwise lawful fence or wall, provided that in any one-family residence district, no fence or wall shall exceed six feet in height in any front or side yard nor eight feet in height in any rear yard. [Amended 7-8-1987 by L.L. No. 3-1987]
Note: Corner lots Maximum fence height = 30 inches (corner side and front) - except if fence is located 20 feet in from the corner/front property lines.
Further, you must call Planning Department at 993-1505 prior to installation of the fence to assure compliance with Wetlands regulations.
Do I need a permit to abandon/remove an oil storage tank? Yes. All tank abandonment/removals require a tank removal permit. You may download the tank removal permit application.
Yes. Yes - please download the building permit application and review requirements for sheds on the third page.
Only one shed is allowed per single-family unit and is restricted to the rear yard.
A shed cannot exceed 150 square feet and cannot be higher than 10 feet. If the shed is 100 square feet or less, it must be located a minimum of 3 feet from the property line, sheds over 100 square feet but less than 150 square feet must be located 5 feet from the rear and side property lines.
Do I need a permit to replace my driveway? If you are simply repaving an existing driveway, no permit is required. If you plan to enlarge or reconfigure the driveway a building permit is required.
Please note that repaving, enlargement/reconfiguration of driveways may require a curb cut permit and a permit to work in the right-of way may be required from the Department of Public Works. Please contact DPW to determine what permits are required (914-993-1574).
Do I need a permit to replace my roof?
A building permit is required for the addition of or replacement of roofing materials on commerical and multi-family residences.. A detailed list of materials that are to be used is required with the submission. Alterations to roof structure require a building permit with drawings prepared by a New York State licensed design professional.
Do I need to file Wetlands and Steep Slopes Clearance Forms? If your proposed project requires any exterior work, Steep Slopes and Wetlands Clearance Forms must be submitted to the Engineering Department and the Planning Department respectively, and both must be approved prior to submission of your building permit application.
How long does it take to get the plans reviewed by the Building Department? Normally, one to four weeks
If you are renting an apartment or home or are working in an area and have no heat or think the heat is below what is required, you may call
914-989-1565 or 914-989-1637.
IPMC 602.3 Heat supply.
Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling unit, rooming unit, dormitory or guestroom on terms, either expressed or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply heat during the period from September 15th to May 31st to maintain a temperature of not less than 68°F (20°C) in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms.
Exception: When the outdoor temperature is below the winter outdoor design temperature for the locality, maintenance of the minimum room temperature shall not be required, provided that the heating system is operating at its full design capacity. The winter design dry-bulb temperature for the locality shall be as indicated in the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State .
602.4 Occupiable work spaces.
Indoor occupiable work spaces shall be supplied with heat during the period from September 15th to May 31st to maintain a temperature of not less than 65°F (18°C) during the period the spaces are occupied.
1. Processing, storage and operation areas that require cooling or special temperature conditions.
2. Areas in which persons are primarily engaged in vigorous physical activities.
What can I do about mold?
For information on how to clean, manage and prevent mold growth, please visit the New York State Department of Environmental Protection's Website at http://www.epa.gov/
The Department of Community Development and Conservation cannot answer whether a property is subdividable or not. That decision is made by the Planning Board. Planning Division staff can provide background information on the property such as if it has ever been before the Planning Board in the past, if it is generally steep or wet, etc. A property owner should hire their own professional to investigate a property for potential subdivision. Planning staff cannot recommend engineers or architects but a property owner may review past Planning Board files for examples of firms that do work in the Town of Greenburgh.
How do wetlands help improve water quality?
Pollutants entering natural wetlands are treated by a variety of physical, chemical and biological processes. The following processes filter out pollutants before they reach other waterbodies:
-Settling of sediment and other pollutants
-Breakdown of pollutants into harmless substances
What are Wetlands? Wetlands are areas of saturated soil which may flood or pond (especially in winter), and support specific plants and animals.
Why are natural wetlands beneficial? Wetlands provide a variety of ecological, social and aesthetic benefits such as: -Protecting water quality by removing nutrients and chemical contaminants -Controlling flood waters -Serving as essential plant, fish and wildlife habitats -Recharging ground and surface waters -Providing open space and recreational opportunities
Why are wetlands being protected and created? As a means of mitigating wetland losses. It is hoped that these practices can offset the annual loss of natural wetlands due to development activities.
What do Buffers Do?
Buffers filter surface and subsurface stormwater flows before they enter a wetland, watercourse or body of water, reducing the amount of pollutants entering these systems. Naturally vegetated buffers can significantly reduce the water quality impacts of development. These buffers, around watercourses and wetlands, are one of the most practical and cost effective pollution prevention and ecosystem protection measures.
Why are Buffers necessary? Riparian (streamside) and wetland buffers do the following:
-Naturally vegetated buffers filter out excessive nutrients and other nonpoint source pollutants in runoff, before they reach streams, lakes, wetlands and embankments. -Moderate runoff and stream temperatures -Control the velocity, quantity and quality of stream flows -Enhance wildlife habitat and diversity -Stabilize streambanks and reduce channel erosion -Provide leaf litter as food for animals at the base of the food chain -Reduce nitrogen from shallow groundwater flows to streams -Reduce potential formation of fish migration barriers -Enhance recreational opportunities -Increase property values
Zoning Board of Appeals
Do I need an attorney to present my case to the board?
The presence of any attorney is not required. An applicant may present his/her own case if he/she wishes. In many instances, particularly in more complicated cases, applicants have chosen to be represented by a professional, such as an attorney, a planning consultant, an architect, or a contractor, well versed in zoning matters. Sometimes an applicant will choose a relative or friend to represent him/her. This choice is entirely up to the applicant.
How can I best prepare myself for an appearance before the zoning board? The best preparation for a Zoning Board appearance is to attend a hearing before your own hearing is scheduled. By listening to the presentations and the questions asked by the Board, you will get a sense of the workings of the Board.
A Zoning Board Hearing, while quasi-judicial in nature, is still relatively informal. The Board goes out of its way not to be intimidating. After all, the members of the Board are all volunteers, and are your neighbors.
If I am seeking a zoning variance, should I present evidence of support from my neighbors? In all zoning cases, the Board schedules a hearing and notices of the hearing are sent to all neighbors within a 250-foot radius of the property. These neighbors may or may not choose to appear. However, the Board always welcomes the opinions of neighbors who may be affected by zoning variance. Therefore, while not required, support of such neighbors can be helpful to an applicant's case.If a supporting neighbor does not choose to appear, a letter indicating support for an application may be submitted as evidence, but should be submitted not less than ten (10) days prior to the scheduled Hearing.
In cases where a variance is sought for a construction project, what supporting evidence must I submit to describe the project? All applicants are required to submit transparencies for projecting the proposed plans on the wall of the Meeting Room. In addition, oral presentations are helpful to describe plans. In addition, drawings and photographs that show what the property will look like both before and after any planned construction will be helpful. Specific dimensions are required to describe the size of additions, decks, patios or other features. Where the slope of the lot is important to the location of any construction, an adequate description of the degree of slope and its location should be presented. Applicants are encouraged to have professionally prepared plans.
When and where are zoning hearings held? Regularly scheduled Hearings are typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, at the Greenburgh Town Hall, with additional special meetings scheduled as required. Meetings start at 8:00 P.M. No Hearing of an individual case can start after 10:30 P.M., unless specifically permitted by the Board, which occurs only in unusual circumstances.
When should I submit supporting evidence? All applicants are encouraged to state their reasons for seeking relief and supportive evidence in writing. As stated in the accompanying Board Rules of Procedure, all written evidences must where possible, be submitted not less than then (10) days before the scheduled Hearing on their applications.
How does the Town of Greenburgh get its water supply? There's a terrific article from the NY Times, written by Emily S. Rueb and illustrated by Josh Cochran that explains how the NYC water supply works. The Town of Greenburgh receives all of its water from the NYC watersupply. Click on the link below and be prepared to be amazed at the incredible engineering work and quality controls that enable a safe and reliable flow of water to our community: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/03/24/nyregion/how-nyc-gets-its-water-new-york-101.html?_r=0
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How do I know the Town of Greenburgh Consolidated Water District No. 1 water is safe to drink? In accordance with State regulations, the Town of Greenburgh Consolidated Water District No. 1 provides an annual report describing the quality of your drinking water. The report provides an overview of the prior year's water quality. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to State standards.
To view the full 2015 report Click Here
If you have any questions about these reports or your drinking water, please contact Charles Martins, Chief Water Treatment Plant Operator at (914) 989-1900. The Westchester County Health Department, Bureau of Environmental Quality has regulatory jurisdiction over the District and their phone number is (914) 813-5000.
What is the source of water for the Town of Greenburgh Consolidated Water District No. 1? The District purchases all of its water from the City of New York, Department of Environmental Protection. The water comes from the City of New York's Catskill and Delaware aqueducts. This "surface" water originates in protected watershed areas 120 miles northwest of Greenburgh in the Catskill Mountains after which it travels through a New York City owned system.
What should I do after a water main break is repaired?
Once water is restored the water may appear to be dirty. You should flush your line using cold water. Leave the water on for 20-25 minutes. This will help clear the water of sediment. The dirty water is being caused by sediment not bacteria. The Town of Greenburgh's water and pipes are treated continuously by the Water Department and regulated by the Health Department and EPA. Additionally, the Town of Greenburgh Water Department tests the water every day.
Is Fluoride added to the water provided by the Town of Greenburgh Consolidated Water District No. 1? Yes, our system is one of the many drinking water systems in New York State that provides drinking water with a controlled, low level of fluoride for consumer dental health protection. Fluoride is added to your water by the New York City DEP — Bureau of Water Supply before it is delivered to us. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fluoride is very effective in preventing cavities when present in drinking water at an optimal range of 0.7 to 1.2 mg/L. New York City DEP target dose of fluoride is 0.8 mg/L.
Do we need to avoid wasting water? Yes, we all need to do our part to avoid wasting water. Water conservation does not have to mean suffering or inconvenience. It does mean making the most efficient use of the supply available. Water conservation means changing our habits permanently - being aware of water and thinking how much we can save every time we water the lawn, turn on a faucet, push the button to start a dish or clothes-washer, or flush a toilet. Conserving water all the time means there is less likely to be no water during droughts and every gallon of water you avoid consuming directly impacts your water bill.
What are some ways which water may be wasted?
Water Wasted In Your Toilet:
A trickling toilet can waste 30 gallons per day (gpd).
A leaking toilet can waste 250 gpd.
A constantly running toilet can waste 4,000 gpd.
Water Wasted In Your Tub, Shower, or Sink:
A faucet with a slow drip can waste 36 gpd.
A faucet with a steady drip can waste 180 gpd.
A half open faucet can waste 1,620 gpd.
A fully opened faucet can waste 3,600 gpd.
Saving Water Outdoors:
Use a self-closing nozzle on your hose when watering your lawn or plants.
For landscaped areas, buy plants that need little watering.
Sweep, rather than use water, to clean sidewalks and driveways.
Saving Water in Your Bathroom:
When buying a new toilet, consider purchasing a water-saving High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) for better flushing.
If you have a toilet made before 1992 that uses more than 1.6 gallons per flush, place a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to save ½ gallon per flush (and remember to flush only when necessary).
Replace defective parts of your toilet (such as a flapper or refill valve) to eliminate leaks.
Turn off the water supply to your toilet, if you’re going on a long vacation.
Discard sanitary items in the wastebasket to avoid clogging your toilet.
Take short showers instead of baths; save 5-7 gallons a minute with an old showerhead; save 2-2.5 gallons a minute with a water-saving showerhead.
If you are taking a bath, fill the tub halfway to save 10-15 gallons.
Avoid running the water while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your hands; save 2-3 gallons a minute.
Saving Water in Your Kitchen and Laundry:
Only use the dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load. Save more by using a short cycle.
When selecting a new washing machine or dishwasher, purchase an Energy Star-certified model; it uses 20-25 gallons per load vs. a standard model, which uses 45-55 gallons per load.
Install faucet aerators to save water and reduce flow rates by one gallon a minute.
Instead of running water while washing dishes, which uses 2-3 gallons a minute, fill a basin to wash and rinse dishes and use only 10 gallons.
Wash fruits and vegetables in a pre-filled bowl, not under running water.
Frequently asked questions for the Town of Greenburgh Adult Softball Leagues Is there a resident requirement to join a league? Because the taxpayers of the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh help underwrite our programs there is a residency requirement for all of our leagues. Because there are multiple communities that are part of the Town of Greenburgh there are 2 classifications of teams. They are Resident and Town teams and their definitions are described below. Recognizing that there are many businesses that are in the Town of Greenburgh we have also made exceptions as described below Resident teamsmust be comprised of 10 players whose primary residence (domicile) is in unincorporated Town of Greenburgh and who can show a valid UniCard, plus up to four Town of Greenburgh residents. Town teamsmust be comprised of 10 players whose primary residence (domicile) is within the Town of Greenburgh, including the six surrounding villages (Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings, Irvington and Tarrytown) you may also have up to 4 non-residents. Business teams (Co-ed & Men’s Rec.) The business must be located within the unincorporated town or the surrounding 6 villages and all rostered players must be full time employees which will be verified by the Personnel Director of you company. Please note that teams must conform to one of the descriptions listed above and not a combination (i.e.Town and Business) How much does it cost to join a league? – Because we have 2 different types of teams there are 2 different rates. For the most recent rate please see the document entitled Rates/Fees for the most current calendar year in the section for Adult Softball Program for specific instructions. How do teams register? – Please see the document entitled Softball Registration Process in the section for Adult Softball Program for specific instructions. Briefly each league has a maximum number of teams that can be accommodated for each league based on several factors. Once it has been determined how many teams will be returning from the previous year new teams will be permitted to join on a first come first pay basis. All teams are registered intact. What are the different leagues we offer? – For a full description of each of our leagues please see the document entitled Adult Softball League Descriptions in the section for our adult softball program. Briefly the current leagues we offer are: Men’s 55 and over, Men’s 40 and over, Men’s Recreation League and our Co-ed League. How can individuals join a team? - All of our teams register intact but occasionally a resident will express a desire to get back into playing softball and is interested in joining a team. When we receive inquires from individuals, their name and basic playing experience is requested via e-mail and distributed via e-mail to the managers participating in the desired league. If a manager is in need of a player, they will then contact the individual. Residency/participation requirements and restrictions will determine if a person is eligible to join a team. Individuals can leave their name, address, contact information and brief player experience by either calling 989-1817 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Managers of registered teams in the determined league will be sent the individuals data and instructed to contact them if interested. Can non-residents join a team? – As stated above our leagues are residency based however if team is either a Town or Business type team there is an allowance for a minimal number of non-residents to play on a team. The process would be the same as outlined directly above. When do the leagues start and finish play? – All leagues start in mid April and, depending on the number of teams, are usually scheduled to complete their season between late July and early August barring rainouts or other unforeseen issues. Playoffs begin immediately following the conclusion of the season. Rain makeup’s are scheduled based on field availability and predetermined dates as specified at our annual league meetings (usually early March). Makeups might be scheduled on nights other than the regularly scheduled night. Occasional weekend games may be scheduled if there are excessive makeups. What night and time would my league play? - Men’s 55 and over play Monday and Thursday evenings, Men’s 40 and over play Wednesday evenings, Men’s Recreation League plays on Monday evenings and our Co-ed League plays on Tuesday evenings. Games are played typically at 7:00 pm, 8:15 pm and 9:30 weekly. Games are typically played on our fields at Rumbrook Park (off of Dobbs Ferry Road between the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Elmwood Country Club). Make-up games are scheduled during the season when field space is available which could result in a league playing a make-up game on a night other than their regular night(s). Once post season begins games are played when field space is available. Can a team request a specific game time? – many of the sponsors of the teams in our leagues are bars and/or restaurants so often we are asked to only schedule games early so the teams can go back and support their sponsors. To be fair to all of the teams we attempt to schedule every team with an equal number of early, mid and late games. Should teams wish to support their sponsor they should plan on visiting the establishment on an alternate night if their scheduled game prohibits them from doing so on their league night. What about Umpires? – All of our leagues follow USSSA rules and are officiated by certified USSSA umpires. Umpire fees are included in the league registration fee. Are there any exceptions made to the rules for a specific league? – Most of our leagues have some exceptions that are listed in our rules. Please see the document entitled Adult Softball League Rules for the most recent calendar year in the section for Adult Softball Program for specific instructions. Are there bat restrictions? – Yes. Currently all Miken Ultras are banned from use in any of our leagues. Since we follow USSSA rules we also recognize their list of approved bats. The list can be found by visiting www.usssa.com and reviewing the most current list of approved bats. All bats must have original permanent factory markings indicating that it is an “Official Softball” bat (no decals). The BPF (Bat Performance Factor) must be 1.20 or less. For additional specifications please review the current USSSA Official Slow Pitch Playing Rules which can also be found at the website indicated above. Wooden softball bats are permitted. What should I do when the weather is questionable? - The Town of Greenburgh has a Hotline system in place to assist in communicating with everyone involved. Our Rumbrook Hotline is 989-1834. For Saturday games please check hotline starting at 8:00 AM and follow instructions. For weeknight games check after 3:00 PM. What ball is used? – All of our leagues use the DeBeer F12 Clincher softball. There are two new balls used per game. Is there a Fall Ball League? – No…. because our fields are multi-use fields our fields are converted at the end of the season into soccer fields for a fall youth program.
Frequently asked questions for Youth Soccer
Why is there a registration deadline? – Registration deadlines are essential to the planning and organization of any program or league offered. Uniforms need to be ordered, coaches need to be recruited and trained as well as schedules need to be created. This all gets done after the registration deadline.
Where can I obtain a registration form? – Registration forms are usually available at Town Hall, the library, TDYCC or the registration office at Anthony F Veteran Park. Forms can also be downloaded from our website at www.greenburghny.com. Once at the main page select the Documents & Forms tab on the left of the page and look under Parks & Recreation for the form you need.
How do I register my child? – Simply follow the instructions outline on the form. A completed form, along with payment, must be on file in our registration office. Since an original signature is required to be on file no electronic registration is available. There is a drop box located directly outside the registration office at Anthony F Veteran Park if you are not able to stop by during regular office hours (Monday through Friday 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM except Wednesday evening when the office closes at 7:00 PM). DO NOT RETURN THE FORM TO YOUR CHILDS SCHOOL AS THEY ARE SIMPLY DISTRIBUTING THE FORMS TO THE CHILDERN FOR OUR DEPARTMENT.
Who will be coaching my child? – The youth soccer program like all of our youth sports programs relies solely on parents to coach the teams. If parents to not volunteer to coach teams cannot be formed.
How do parents become coaches? – The Town of Greenburgh Parks and Recreation Department along with Edgemont and Elmsford Recreation are members of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association and utilize their curriculum to train out coaches. We have found that most parents find it more convenient to take the on-line coaches course so that they can do it in the comfort of their home and at a time where it is most conducive to learning. The town also requires all coaches to have an annual background check done.
How will I or my child be informed what team he/she is on? – Shortly after the registration deadline there will be a coaches meeting where teams will be identified and schedules will begin to be formed. Once coaches and teams have been identified the coaches will contact the players on their team to inform them when and where practices will be along with any other important information. Parents need to be patient and remember that the coaches are volunteers.
When will practices be held? – Since practices are based on the coaches and field availability it will have to be determined by the coach after the registration deadline and coaches meeting. In general 1st & 2nd grade teams do not practice during the week and only meet on Saturdays. The first grade teams are schedule for a 90 minute block of time where half of the time is dedicated to practice and the other half to game play against a scheduled opponent. As the season and their skill level progress more time will be spent on game play and less on practice. 2nd grade teams typically meet prior to their scheduled game time on Saturdays and utilize a designated section of space to practice. 3rd Grade and above practice on a designated weeknight as determined by field and coach availability
When are games usually scheduled? – Schedules are established based on the number of teams in each league and the availability of both fields and referee’s. On Saturdays typically the game schedule begins at 9:00 and games are scheduled hourly which can go as late as 3:00pm depending on the number of teams utilizing the field. This is the case for all leagues except the 1st Grade league. The first grade league utilizes a 90 minute block of time to allow for both practice and game play. Time blocks utilized are 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00 depending on the number of teams registered in the league. No set time can be established for your child’s team (i.e. 9:00 am games only) so conflicts may exist if players are schedule for several different activities on a Saturday. Evening games are scheduled under the lights at Rumbrook Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 3rd through 6th grade teams as well so your child may have an occasional night game. Make-up games are also scheduled on weeknights if needed.
When will the schedule become available? – Schedules cannot be created until after the coaches for each team have been identified which is always after the coaches meeting. Parents need to be flexible during the start of the season since most planning cannot be done until after the start of the school year.
What does my child need to participate? – A team shirt will be provided. Players must supplyshin guards (mandatory) and should have cleats. Players should dress comfortably for the weather in athletic attire (At no time are jeans considered to be appropriate athletic attire).
Can my child partake in other activities on Saturdays while being a member of a team? – One of the attitudes we try to teach our players at a very young age is the concept of being part of a team is a commitment to the team. Many times players are torn because they want to be with their teammates yet are obligated to be elsewhere each week at a certain time (i.e. dance or music lessons). Since games are schedule during a certain range of time each Saturday there is no way to determine when your child’s game will be played each week until after the registration deadline has passed and we have meet to create the teams.
Where are games played? – On Saturday’s each league has a primary field that is selected based on the size of the field needed for each particular league.
The 5th & 6th grade Greenburgh home games will be played on the back field at Seely School on Saturdays and the away games will be played at a yet to be designated field in White Plains. Prior to the start of the season the location and directions will be available to coaches and players as well as on line. All night games will be played at east Rumbrook Park under the lights.
The 3rd & 4th grade Greenburgh home games will be played on the back field at the lower field at east Rumbrook Park on Saturdays and the away games will be played at a yet to be designated field in White Plains. Prior to the start of the season the location and directions will be available to coaches and players as well as on line. All night games will be played at east Rumbrook Park under the lights.
The 2nd grade co-ed games are played on the upper field at East Rumbrook Park.
The 1st grade co-ed games are played at Greenville School
Directions to all fields can be found by visiting our website at www.greenburghny.com and looking under the Parks and Recreation Department listing for Youth Soccer Leagues
In an effort to help bolsters our team numbers and sustain the program our 3rd through 6th grade boys and girls play games against teams from the White Plains Parks & Recreation program and it was very successful so there will be some additional travel occasionally.
How can I find my child’s schedule? – Shortly before the start of the season schedules for each league will be posted on our website at www.greenburghny.com then look under Documents and Forms and they will be listed under the Parks and Recreation listing.
When should I call the Greenburgh Police Department? You should call the Police Department when you have an emergency, a non-emergency concerning a possible violation of local or state law, a suspicious condition, a motor vehicle accident or an animal complaint.
What is a police report? Very simply, a police report is a written record prepared by a police officer documenting what happened, or allegedly happened, during a specific incident.
How can I get a copy of my police report? Two ways: You can come to the Records Unit at Headquarters Monday through Friday from 9am to 5 pm, or you can mail us a request with a self addressed stamped envelope.
If my name is on a police report, do I have a "Record"? No. A police report simply documents an incident which has occurred. It's purpose is not to assign blame. A person acquires a criminal record after having been arrested and convicted of an offense.
Is crime up or down in Greenburgh? Good question. Part I offenses (the seven serious offenses as defined by the FBI) have generally been on a down trend over the past few years in Greenburgh. Part II offenses (all other offenses) have fluctuated, without an obvious a trend. Overall incidents have steadily gone up over the past several years. Click here to see recent Statistics.