Building & Code

The Building Department (BPD) encompasses Code Enforcement and Engineering. The department handles the MS4 or storm water program, code complaints, building permits, rental occupancy permits, and vacant buildings.

Vacant Buildings


The BPD tracks vacant buildings, compiles building registrations and patrols vacant buildings for code violations. View information on the vacant building registration requirements (PDF). New Yorkers are encouraged to call 800-342-3736 to report "ZOMBIE" Properties in their neighborhoods.

Rental Property Information


Own a rental property? The City of Cohoes requires residential occupancy permits (ROPs) every 3 years or with every change in tenancy. Inspection of each rental unit costs $40. Contact the Treasurer's Office at 518-233-2111 to schedule your inspection.

MS4 Storm Water Program


The City of Cohoes is an MS4 - municipal separate storm sewer system - permitted by NYSDEC. As such Cohoes is responsible for overseeing any change in topography. The City Code Online details the MS4 restrictions and submission requirements for those who would like to alter the topography of land.

In addition, the BPD accepts telephone complaints about MS4 violations, such as dumping in catch basins or illegal connections. Contact BPD offices with questions about any of the aforementioned items from vacant buildings to MS4 regulations.