Village of

BI/CEO Dept.

Building and Zoning Administrator

Thomas Wolfe

375 Lake Street
PO Box 596
Wilson, NY 14172

Zoning and other Village Codes are enforced by this Department as well as issuing building and demolition permits.

(To view the Schedule of Building Permit Fees, scroll to the bottom of the page under documents)


This department is responsible for enforcing the Village's non-criminal codes, including the Zoning Code. 


Building permits are issued by the Zoning & Code Enforcement Officer.




New regulations on obtaining a building permit within the Village of Wilson:


To obtain a Building Permit all Businesses will need to send a copy of their Liability Insurance and Worker's Compensation, listing the Village of Wilson, to the Village Building Inspectors office prior to issuance of building permit.  NO EXCEPTIONS.


If you are a Village resident and will be doing the work yourself, as per NYS as of June 1, 2018, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Exemption from Worker's Compensation and/or Disability Benefits (CE-200) through New York Business Express.


Quick link to CE-200 application process:   (see below under documents for the Certificate of Exemption instruction form).

Hours of Operation:

Building Inspector - Code Enforcement Officer is a part time position.  Please refer to the Village calendar for days he will be in the office.


You may also call the Village office to make an appointment to meet with the building inspector / code enforcement official.



Bring on building safety: Code enforcement explained
Ever wonder why we have building codes in place?  Well, it usually starts with a disaster that resulted in the loss of life or injuries.  Click here to read more!
CE200 Certificate of Exemption
Click on this link and fill in the form to obtain your CE200 for a Certificate of Exemption.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Village office.
How Do I Report A Problem?
If you observe a Village code being violated, please contact the Village Office at 751-6764.
What Do I Do If My Neighbors Yard Is A Mess?

Per Village Code, no person, as owner, occupant, lessee or agent, or in any capacity, shall store, deposit, place maintain, grow or cause or permit to be stored, deposited, placed or maintained or grown outdoors any abandoned, junked, discarded, wholly or partially  dismantled, unlicensed, unregistered or non-code-compliant motor vehicle or any solid waste, rubbish or debris, or grass or weeds in excess of twelve inches in height, upon any private property within the Village.

The Yard Next Door Has Overgrown Grass. Do I Have To Put Up With That?
No, Village Code states that grass may not be in excess of twelve inches in height.  Call the Village Hall or contact the Code Enforcement Officer at the above email address to report a lawn that needs mowing.  A letter will be sent to the owner of record of the property.  Should the grass remain overgrown following this contact, the DPW will mow the lawn and the cost will be added to the property's Village taxes.
Can I Have A Campfire At My House?

The Village of Wilson enforce's the Niagara County Health Department's Open Burning law.  An excerpt of a memo (dated June 23, 2009) from the Niagara County Health Department on this issue reads:  


Chapter XII of the Niagara County Sanitary Code allows campfires used soley for recreation purposes, when a public health nuisance is not created.  Campfires must be attended, self-contained, and limited to 4 (four) logs of dry wood, not to exceed 18 inches in length and 6 inches in diameter.  


If the smoke from your fire bothers a neighbor, the police will ask you to put it out, as a complaint makes the fire a public health nuisance.   


What Can I Do If My Neighbor's Campfire Is Bothering Me?
See the answer to "Can I have a campfire at my house?"  If the smoke from someone's campfire is bothering you, please call the Niagara County Sheriff's Department at 438-3393 (non-emergencies) and ask for a Sheriff's Officer to be dispatched to your residence.  
Adopted May 26, 2015 and amended July 16, 2015, November 19, 2015
BI/CEO Log ~ March 2020 (PDF - 107.2 KB)
Thomas V. Wolfe