The Department of Building is responsible for the enforcement of the ordinances of the City of White Plains and all applicable county and state laws which regulate the use and occupancy of private land and structures. The Department's goal is to secure the public's general health and safety through inspections relating to the following areas:

  • Adequate light
  • Means of egress
  • Stability
  • Structural strength
  • Ventilation of occupied structures

Department Oversight

Our permit procedure provides oversight on the design, construction, alteration, addition, repair, removal, demolition, use, and occupancy of structures in the city, thereby minimizing the loss to property and life which could occur as a result of accidents and natural disasters.


The department coordinates its program with other departments and agencies of the city, county, and state governments, and also with private agencies that have similar responsibilities, including among others, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the National Fire Protection Association, and Underwriters Laboratories.


City Ordinances enforced by the department include the following:

  • Charter-related laws
  • Municipal Code of the City of White Plains
  • White Plains Supplemental Building Code Ordinance
  • Zoning Ordinance

Federal Laws enforced include:

State Laws enforced include:

  • Multiple Residence Law
  • New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code
  • State Industrial Code
  • State Labor Law