Code Enforcement / Planning


Code Enforcement - 753-1741

The mission of the City of Cortland Code Enforcement Division is to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the residents and visitors of our community through education, enforcement and impartial application of all laws and ordinances under our jurisdiction.

Code Enforcement is provided by the Code Enforcement Division of the City of Cortland Fire Department. Staffed by career firefighters, the Code Enforcement Division handles all aspects of code enforcement. The daily functions include the issuance of building permits, zone reviews, construction reviews, on-site construction inspections, the enforcement of local laws and ordinances, annual inspections of multiple dwellings, the issuance of plumbing and heating permits and the field inspection of plumbing and heating installations and inspections of places of public assembly.

October 20, Public Hearing

There will be a Public Hearing before the Mayor and the Common Council on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall, 25 Court St, Cortland New York to hear comments for the proposed modifications to the code sections on littering on private property. Anyone having concerns regarding this proposal, please feel free to attend the public hearing and voice your concerns.

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 (see below).



The Code Enforcement Office is located on the first floor of City Hall, 25 Court Street.

Our office hours are Monday through Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We can be contacted by telephone at (607) 753-1741, by fax at (607) 753-6051.

General Inquiries: Administrative Aide Heidi Brown, (607) 753-1741 or email

Report a Code Violation: Call 753-1741 or submit Residential Complaint or Code Violation Form. See also Rental Housing Law (2014) and Rental Housing Information Packet.


Deputy Chief William Knickerbocker
Director of Code Enforcement
Plumbing Inspector

Firefighter Roy Everett
Code Enforcement Officer

Thomas Tobin
Code Enforcement Officer



Vacant Building Placards

Any vacant or abandoned buildings or structures determined to be unsafe pursuant to Section 110 of this code relating to structural or interior hazards must be marked by placards on the front of the structure and on the side of each entrance. Placards are 24 inches square with a red background, and white reflective border and stripes. They bear the date of their application to the building and the date of the most recent inspection.

Vacant Building: Plain Red Vacant Building: Red with Slash Vacant Building: Red with X