Planning & Zoning FAQ

FAQs

Fees vary depending on the level of review. Fees are established to cover the Village’s administrative costs. 

Current fees for “routine” actions/reviews are:

    • $35 basic Zoning Permit
    • $50 for a Zoning Permit requiring Planning Board or Zoning Board Review
    • $85 for applications requiring both Planning Board and Zoning Board review.

Complex reviews may have fees that exceed these amounts and will have fees determined by the estimated costs to the Village.

The Planning Board is responsible for creating a list of acceptable materials and colors within the Historic Overlay District.  Generally speaking any color within the “historic palette” of most commercial paint manufacturers would likely be acceptable.

All fences require a permit.  A fence is considered a structure and the construction of all structures within the Village require a Zoning Permit.

Yes, there are not setbacks for fences/walls, however, our Zoning Law requires that the finished side shall face outward, there are height and material restrictions, and fencing cannot be constructed in manner that can constitute a hazard.  Generally speaking it is advised that fencing not be placed within easements or right-of-ways or closer than 10 feet from the road edge.

Sheds require the same setbacks as the principal structure, except that accessory structures not used for human habitation, having a footprint less than 120 square feet, do not exceed 12 feet in height, or are not used for the housing of animals may encroach halfway into the required setbacks.

The Village of Sackets Harbor does not have specific language regarding the keeping of chickens like many other communities do.  Therefore they are looked upon as pets.

In addition to the standard Zoning Permit Application a NYS Long-form SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) form (Part 1) is required. Additional materials like elevations, catalog cuts of materials used are advised and may be required.

Permits are required for the construction, enlargement, demolition of any structure or for a change of use of a property within the Village.  A “structure” essentially is anything constructed and attached to or on-top of the ground.  This can be a building, shed, pool, wall/fence etc. 

Structures and uses within the Historic Overlay District carry some additional requirements for a permit and review.  Essentially any exterior change will require Historic Review to make sure the work is compatible with the structure and surrounding structures within the district.

Zoning Applications are available from the Village office.

View map of historical district borders.

If you are in the historical district and want to change the color of your home, you will need a permit.

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