The City of Schenectady has adopted the following codes:
- International Building Code, 2010 edition
- International Residential Code, 2010 edition
- International Plumbing Code, 2010 edition
- International Mechanical Code, 2010 edition
- International Fuel Gas Code, 2010 edition
- International Fire Code, 2010 edition
- International Energy Conservation Code, 2010 edition
- National Electrical Code, 2008 edition
For more information visit the City of Schenectady's Building and Code Enforcement Department
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 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.
Why Are There Codes?
The NYS building, and 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.
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.