City Clerk

City Clerk: Ray Parker

25 Court Street
Cortland, New York 13045

Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:00, Monday through Friday
Telephone: (607) 756-6521
Fax: (607) 756-4644


City of Cortland Codebook

The current on-line version of the City of Cortland Code has been updated through December 31, 2011.

For more information regarding current regulations please contact the Zoning Officer or the Code Enforcement Office.



Article 7 of New York State Agriculture & Markets Law states that all dogs in New York State must be licensed. All dog owners who harbor a dog(s) 4 months or older within the City of Cortland must license their dogs. Read more >>

The City requires all exotic pets to have a yearly permit.  Exotic pets include iguanas, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, chickens, pot bellied pigs and "pocket pets".  Check with a Vet to see if your exotic pet needs to be immunized against rabies.  New permit applications must be approved by Common Council and the fee is $5.00. 

Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses are available for $40. The following documents must be presented at the time of application:

Download Information Sheet for Marriage License Application now.


Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Licenses

Licenses for 2014 season are now available from this office. For more information see the following New York State Department of Conservation web pages:


Requesting Records

Application forms for marriage, birth, and death records, and Freedom of Information request forms are available on-line. Click any of the links below. In order to view and print these forms, you must have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat you can download it now for free.

Please Note: The marriage, birth and death record application forms must be submitted to the Cortland City Clerk's Office at 25 Court Street, Cortland NY 13045 with the fee of $10 per copy and a photocopy of a photo I.D. or a notarized statement. If application is mailed in and fee is paid by money order or certified bank check, the copy will be sent immediately. Personal checks will be held until they clear the bank.