FAQ – Expiration of Permits


1. When I obtain my permit, how long do I have to start the work?

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The State Building Code states that “any permit issued shall be deemed abandoned and invalid unless the work authorized by it shall have been commenced within 6 months after its issuance; however, for cause, one or more extensions of time, for periods not exceeding 6 months each, may be granted in writing by the Building Commissioner or Inspector of Buildings.” Extensions are normally granted without any trouble. However, if there have been changes to the Zoning Ordinances or building code subsequent to the original issuance of the permit, any grandfather status may be lost if work has not begun (i.e., you will have to comply to the new requirements). In addition, there is a fee for each 6-month extension requested. (See Appendix A) A request for an extension must be made in writing.


2. How long do I have to complete the work?

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The State Building Code states “Work under (a permit) in the opinion of the Building Commissioner or Inspector of Buildings must proceed in good faith continuously to completion so far as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.” In addition, there is an annual permit renewal fee. (See Appendix A) for work which takes more than a year to complete.