c Pacelli

Cheryl J. Pacelli

Building Inspector 

phone icon (585) 964-8181
fax icon (585) 964-9124
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home icon 1658 Lake Road
      Hamlin, NY  14464


Office Hours

8:00am - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 7:00pm
Available by appointment

Tuesday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

Closed from 1:30- 2 PM each day for lunch
Special appointments can be requested

Zoning and Building

An important part of the local building code involves the zoning of land. Do you know how your property is zoned in Hamlin? The official map below signifies the different types. The table of Zoning Dimensional Requirements should help to further clarify the allowable setback requirements when one considers taking out a building permit for any reason. Of special attention is the Shoreline Residential (SR) setback where a general requirement consists of having a side setback determined by the width of the lot, I.e.: a 60-ft. lot width (using 10%), requires a 6-ft. side set back. For more details and information, please call the office.

pdf View Zoning Map (445 KB)

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Floor Joists

Maximum Span


Maximum Opening

2x6  16" oc

9' 1"


3' 1"

2x8  16" oc



4' 6"

2x10 16" oc

15' 2"


5' 9"

2x12 16" oc

17' 7"





8' 1"

Spans 8' or over require bridging

Ceiling Joists
(1/2" drywall, insulation, no storage) 
(16" oc)

(1/2" plywood, roofing)
(16" oc)

2x4  10' 6"

2x6  13' 1"

2x6  16' 6"

2x8  17' 2"

2x8  21' 9"

2x10 21'




Footers Depth

Footers must be 42" deep and inspected prior to the pouring of concrete.




Closed Riser - minimum widths of treads shall be 9" plus 1" 1/8" nosing for closed riser type.
Open Riser - minimum widths of treads shall be 9"


Maximum heights of risers shall be 8 1/4" (no variation exceeding 1/8" in height of risers in any one run of stairs)


Minimum widths of stairs 2' 8" clear between handrails


Stairs or steps of more than 3 risers shall have a handrail on the open side. Where one or both are open, railings shall be provided on both sides


Landings, platforms and porches more than 18" above adjacent floor or grade level shall have railings on open sides with the distance between pickets or rails no more than 4"

The top surfaces of handrail and railings shall not be less than 30" nor more than 36" in height above the floor or tread level.

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After the building permit is issued, periodic inspections are necessary, including, but not limited to the following:

  1. All footings and foundations must be inspected before concrete is poured and/or block walls, etc. are erected. (Footings must be at least 42 inches below the grade line, which is considered the normal frost line.)
  2. All footings and foundations must be inspected after completion, before backfilling and with all anchor bolts in place.
  3. All underground plumbing, both sanitary and storm, must be inspected before backfilling.
  4. All rough framing must be inspected as soon as the exterior is enclosed, but before the interior work is started. (This includes the installation of rough plumbing and rough electrical)
  5. Insulation to meet the minimum energy code must be installed and inspected before being enclosed.
  6. Final inspection, when work is completed, is required. Any totally new construction will require a Certificate of Occupancy inspection, and the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance before the building is occupied in whole or in part.
  7. Electrical additions/alterations must be inspected by Common Wealth (349-3900) or the Middle Department Inspection Agency (454-5191) for both a rough and final inspection and issue their certificate before the final inspection can be made by the Building Department. It is the owner’s or contractors responsibility to contact these Fire Underwriters and have these inspections made.

It will be the owner’s or builder’s responsibility to be certain these inspections are made as outlined above. to schedule these inspections, you should call 964-8181.

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General Information: The following terms should be noted when applying for a building permit.

Alteration: as applied to a building or structure, a change or rearrangement in the structural parts or in the exit facilities, or an enlargement, whether by an extension on the side or by an increase in height, or the moving from one position to another.

Building: any structure having a roof supported by columns, piers, or walls and intended for shelter, housing or enclosure of persons, animals or chattels.

Structure: any structure built or erected, other than a building which rests upon or in the ground, or requires the support of the ground, or is attached to any building.

Building Permits: no building or structures shall be erected or added to or structurally altered until the Building Inspector has issued a permit. The building permit consists of two parts. One part is the orange card (8.5 x11) that should be displayed on the property during construction or installation placement. The second part consists of the relative data outlining the project, and is a source of reference kept on file at the Town Hall. After the building permit is issued, the periodic inspections include but are not limited to the following:

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