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The Department of Building Inspections and Code Enforcement is responsible to ensure compliance with state and local building and fire codes, and to assist persons interested in developing and improving residential and commercial properties in the Town of Big Flats. Our staff is dedicated to serving the community and its residents through plan review and inspection services.

Staff Contacts




Tom Whispel

Director of Building Inspection/ Code Enforcement Officer

(607) 562-8443 ext. 205


Kathleen Adams

Secretary I for Planning/ Code & Assessing

(607) 562-8443 ext. 205


David Jaynes

Building Safety Officer

(607) 562-8443 ext. 205

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm





476 Maple Street

Big Flats, NY 14814

United States

See map: Google Maps

Amanda's Law

At its meeting held on December 16, 2009, the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council determined that adopting this rule on an emergency basis was required in order to comply with legislation, Amanda’s Law, which will go into effect on February 22, 2010, and to preserve public safety by clarifying requirements for Carbon Monoxide Alarms. This rule has been adopted as an emergency rule, effective as of February 22, 2010 – the text is below. The following link provides background on the legislation. AMANDAS LAW

Swimming Pools

Swimming Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs: due to the safety issues surrounding these installations, building permits are required prior to installation. Please contact the building department for specific codes to ensure your family’s safety. The current swimming pool requirements are available in PDF form. Please click on the link below to access the file. Swimming Pool Regulations Can’t find an answer to your question on this site? Call us at (607) 562–8443 x205 or email us. We’ll be glad to help.

Citizen Complaints

As citizens of the Town of Big Flats, we all have the right to enjoyment of our own properties. Some may not be aware that New York State has adopted a property maintenance code requiring that all properties be reasonably maintained both the interior and exterior of the structure. This also includes the area of property surrounding the structure. The Town of Big Flats has adopted these codes and is actively enforcing them. It is our responsibility to respect our neighbors’ right to enjoyment of their property. Town citizens may be proactive in assisting with violations to this code by completing a Citizen Complaint Form. We will then investigate, determine whether the violation exists and is enforceable, and act upon it accordingly. Due to the nature of possible litigation, we cannot accept or acknowledge anonymous complaints. Please contact our office with any further questions. Citizen Complaint Form

Operating Permit

An operating permit is required for all new businesses in the Town. Please click on the link below for the form. Please fill out and return to the Code Department for review. Please call us if you have any questions. Big Flats Operating Permit

Municipal Code

The Town of Big Flats Municipal Code is available in PDF format. To access the document please click on the link below. Municipal Code

Building Code Design Criteria

Residential Building Code Design Criteria TABLE R301.2(1) - CLIMATIC AND GEOGRAPHIC DESIGN CRITERIA Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide


M  u  n  i  c  i  p  a  l    C  o  d  e

The Town of Big Flats Municipal Code is available in PDF format. To access the document please click on the link below.

Municipal Code