Schenectady Codes

City of Schenectady Adopted Codes

The City of Schenectady has adopted the following codes:
  • International Building Code, 2020 edition
  • International Residential Code, 2020 edition
  • International Plumbing Code, 2020 edition
  • International Mechanical Code, 2020 edition
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2020 edition
  • International Fire Code, 2020 edition
  • International Energy Conservation Code, 2020 edition
  • 2020 Existing Building Code
  • 2020 Property Maintenance Code
  • National Electrical Code, 2017 edition

Available for Building Questions &

The Building Department is a source of information for every resident, property/business owner, contractor and potential investor. We are at your disposal for guidance in new construction, building repair/renovation, property maintenance, or general questions regarding the department and its obligations and duties to safety and welfare of the people of Schenectady.

We encourage you to call us at 518-382-5050 with any questions you have regarding your property or place of residence. Share you issues and concerns with us and we will be able to direct you toward the prescription or resource to answer your questions.

Code(s) Location

The codes are located at the New York State (NYS) building. Local City codes exist to ensure that new construction and the maintenance of existing structures follow minimum requirements for life and safety guidelines. The development of building and property maintenance codes by the City and State are born out of public safety first and foremost. Most persons, typically speaking, do not have the experience or knowledge of general construction practices and engineering that would result in the peace of mind that all work performed provides a safe environment for public use and occupancy.

About Codes & Code Enforcers

All Code Enforcement Officers have years, if not decades, of construction related experience, and hundreds of hours of specific training, that provides them with the knowledge needed to evaluate and inspect buildings for safe living or working conditions. Safety is the cornerstone of the job of the Code Enforcement Officer or Housing Inspector.

NYS and City codes are minimum requirements for safe building practices and living conditions as they relate to structures. They represent the minimum threshold of construction requirements to meet State and City guidelines for the safe occupancy of a building or maintenance of a property.

Our mission is to educate and provide a knowledgeable resource of the code and how it applies to your building, construction or property condition. We are dedicated to helping you understand any deficiency your building or property may have, and provide the prescription to resolve your particular condition.

We Are Your Resource - We Encourage You To Use Us

The task of the Building Department being charged with the overall condition, safety, and maintenance of all the buildings and structures in the City is an enormous task. We are professionally trained and State Certified to perform this task, and offer a tremendous resource to provide you the information you need to occupy, build, fix, renovate, demolish, rent and own property in the City.

The building department is a vast resource of knowledge and information for your building or property condition. We encourage you to reach out to our office if you have any questions, regarding anything to do with your home, apartment, property or business.