Some of Responsiblity Building Department

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The Building Department is an essential government agency responsible for ensuring that buildings and structures within a jurisdiction are constructed, maintained, and used safely. Their primary mandate is to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare by enforcing building codes and regulations. If you’re planning to build, renovate, or remodel your property, here are some things you need to know about your local Building Department:

  1. Building Permits: The Building Department is responsible for issuing building permits, which are required for any significant structural changes to a property. Examples of these changes include building new structures, renovating existing ones, and adding extensions. It is essential to obtain building permits as they ensure that the construction is safe and complies with the local building codes.
  2. Inspections: The Building Department will inspect the construction to ensure it is in compliance with the building codes and regulations. They will conduct inspections at various stages of construction, such as foundation, framing, electrical, plumbing, and final inspection. The Building Department will issue a Certificate of Occupancy once the construction is completed and has passed all inspections.
  3. Building Codes and Regulations: The Building Department enforces building codes and regulations to ensure that all construction work is done safely and according to set standards. These codes and regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and it is essential to be familiar with them before commencing any construction work.
  4. Zoning: The Building Department is also responsible for enforcing zoning regulations, which determine how a property can be used, the height of structures, and the size of setbacks. Zoning regulations vary by location, and it is essential to check with the Building Department before starting any construction work.
  5. Accessibility: The Building Department enforces regulations regarding accessibility for people with disabilities. These regulations are set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and must be adhered to in any construction work.
  6. Fees: The Building Department charges fees for building permits, inspections, and other services. These fees vary depending on the type of construction work and the jurisdiction. It is essential to check with the Building Department regarding the fees before starting any construction work.
  7. Complaints and Violations: The Building Department is responsible for investigating complaints and violations related to construction work. If you suspect any violation, you can file a complaint with the Building Department, and they will investigate and take appropriate action.

In conclusion, the Building Department plays a critical role in ensuring that construction work is done safely, adheres to building codes and regulations, and is accessible to all. It is essential to be familiar with the regulations and guidelines set by the Building Department before starting any construction work to avoid potential fines, delays, and other penalties. Always consult with your local Building Department if you have any questions or concerns related to construction work.


Bike the Bronx River Parkway – Bicycle Sundays Starts May 7

Bicycle Sundays

Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway, one of Westchester’s longest-running and popular recreational programs, starts on Sunday, May 7. The program is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The series runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • May 7, 14 and 21
  • June 4, 11, 18 and 25
  • Sept. 10, 17 and 24

Bicycle Sundays is presented by Westchester County Parks and sponsored by Westchester Parks Foundation and its partners, through generous donations from co-presenting sponsors NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester and Con Edison, with Jen’s Cycles in Yonkers as the official Bicycle Sponsor.

During Bicycle Sundays, the parkway is open exclusively for bicyclists, in-line skaters, scooters, walkers and joggers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. The round-trip distance is 13 miles. The road is closed to automobiles in that stretch of parkway. Admission is free and free parking will be available in the East Lot at the Westchester County Center.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Open to all bicyclists, scooters, walkers and joggers.
  • Walkers, joggers and slower wheeled traffic must use the right lane; faster wheeled traffic must use the left lane.
  • New York State law requires helmets for children under age 14, including those riding in bike trailers; helmets are strongly recommended for all wheeled participants.
  • New York State law prohibits children under age 1 from riding on bicycles or in a separate seat.
  • All headsets are prohibited. This includes but is not limited to music devices and hands-free cell phones.
  • No skateboarding allowed.
  • No dogs allowed.
  • Bicyclists must obey the posted parkway speed limit of 40 m.p.h.
  • Children riding in strollers must be strapped in at all times.
  • Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All participants must be off the parkway by 1:50 p.m