How long after a make a complaint will it be until the problem is remedied?
We all want to be good neighbors and want to have good neighbors. However, this is not always the case. Many people work at compliance as soon as they are educated about the problem. Some do not. If the complaint requires Planning Board approval, the process can often take two years or more. If the person chooses not to comply, Public Safety must follow strict guidelines.

For some violations we can issue frequent summonses. For other violations, summonses can not be issued more often than once a week. Although the code allows for repeat summonses, each violation must be personally witnessed. If the officer can not gain access, they are not able to write a summons.

The court process allows for adjournments. In many instances, the violation will continue to exist as it proceeds through the judicial process. Public Safety can not make it stop! If the problem is severe, the town may elect to go before the New York State Supreme Court in an attempt to get a temporary restraining order to stop the violation. This is a long and complicated process.

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1. How do I file a complaint?
2. Am I required to leave my name?
3. Can multiple families live in one house?
4. Can there be bedrooms in basements or attics?
5. Are unregistered vehicles allowed to be parked on residential property? What is a junk vehicle?
6. Can one person make a noise complaint?
7. What are property maintenance complaints? What about litter and garbage?
8. Can a commercial vehicle be parked in the drive way of a private residence?
9. Can I keep a boat on my property?
10. Can a portable basketball hoop be kept in the street?
11. My neighbor's fence is falling down. What can I do?
12. There is a broken or cracked window at a house on my street, is this a code issue?
13. Do pools require fencing? Do you need a pool permit?
14. How do I obtain a rental permit?
15. When is a rental permit required?
16. What do I do if I think my neighbor's house is rented without a permit?
17. Is a building permit required?
18. How do I know if my neighbor has a permit for his pool or shed?
19. A house in my neighborhood burned down. How long do I have to look at it?
20. How do I report overcrowding conditions in a bar or nightclub?
21. How do I report overcrowding in a house?
22. How many vehicles are allowed to be parked at a home?
23. How do I report complaints on clearing violations? Building in wetland?
24. How do I make a complaint against a contractor?
25. How long after a make a complaint will it be until the problem is remedied?
26. Is there a leash law in Southampton Town?
27. What should I do if my neighbors' dog barks while they are not home?