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Over the phone we can tell you zoning affecting your property and what your setback requirements are. For a more detailed description of what you can build on your property, you must visit the Building Department with a copy of your survey so you can speak with an inspector. Building – Applications and Permits
Download the Residential Zoning Overview Booklet.
This document presents an overview of some of the Residential Zoning Requirements for the Town of Southampton including non-conforming lots, setbacks, lot coverage and disturbance limitations. It is not meant to answer all questions and may not apply to all building lots
The Southampton Town Code can be viewed on our website.
A checklist with all the requirements is available on-line on our website.
Yes, we require permits for all structures that are over 50 square feet.
A building permit is required for fences over 4 feet in height. However, if your property is located on the Wetlands inventory list, you must request Conservation approval for any size fence. Fences over 6 feet in height are not permitted.
Your fence can be up to the property line, as long as it is still on your own property. Six foot fences are not permitted in required front yards.
Yes, as long as it is your fence and the good side of the fence is facing your neighbor. You cannot use your driveway gates as part of the pool enclosure.
No. Unless you have wetlands on your property then you need an wetland permit.
Yes. All decks need building permits.
Look under Demolition Permits
Yes, the current owner of property is responsible for everything regarding that property.
You must fill out a new application form, and sign at the bottom, pay the fee, and submit it to the Building and Zoning Division. You can request inspections as soon as you renew.
You must visit the Building Division for an accurate fee for all permit and renewal fees.
In the Town Clerk’s office.
Complaints can be taken in by filling out a complaint form or sign onto Southampton Online Solutions
If a contractor is performing home improvement, the Town of Southampton requires a Home Improvement Contractor’s License. If a contractor is constructing a new home, the Town does not presently require a license, although their subcontractors must be licensed.
Home Improvement Conractors Application
Contractors with a Southampton License
Electricians and plumbers must be licensed by Suffolk County.
Plumbers are required to also have a Town of Southampton License.
Home Improvement Contractors Application
You can look at files that have been closed by filling out a FOIL request (Freedom of Information Law) and submitting it to the Building Division. You will receive a phone call when the file is available for review. Copies of documents can be made for a fee. However, the Building and Zoning Division is not authorized to provide copies of building plans that have been stamped by a NYS Registered Design Professional with a copyright protection clause.
You will need to speak to a Building Inspector who can research your property and provide you with the information.
Additional questions related to building and zoning can be emailed to email@example.com