Planning and Zoning

The small building just north of Clinton Academy was proposed in 1730 as a town house for the use of the community but came to be known as the School House on account of its daytime use. Originally located near Hook Mill, it was later moved opposite the South End Burial Ground where it functioned as a school, public hall, and church. It was moved to its present location in 1958 by the East Hampton Historical Society.

Scroll down for information on the Building Department, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Design Review Board.

Building Department

The Office of Building & Zoning encompasses all of the traditional roles performed by a building inspector and a zoning inspector, as well as those of the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area Administrator, Flood Plain Administrator and Freshwater Wetlands Administrator. The Code Enforcement Officer assigned to the Office of Building & Zoning issues building permits, demolition permits, certificates of occupancy, temporary sign permits, garage sale permits, sign permits (concurrent with approval of the Design Review Board), awning permits (concurrent with the approval of the Design Review Board), zoning violations (including summonses) and building and fire code violations (including summonses). In short, we enforce the Village Code and the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.

The Code Enforcement Officers for the Office of Building & Zoning are Ken Collum, Kent Howie and Rob Jahoda, and the secretary for the Office is Linda Beyer. Please note that we are using email for communication but do not process applications made via email.

Building Department permits and applications

Zoning Board of Appeals

ZBA Permit applications

Frank E. Newbold, Chairman
Members: Lysbeth A. Marigold (Vice Chair), John L. McGuirk III, Lawrence A. Hillel, Craig R. Humphrey, Christopher A. Minardi (Alternate), Raymond J. Harden (Alternate)

The board of trustees of the village is responsible for the adoption of the zoning law and amendments. The zoning law is the basis on which the zoning board of appeals works. Zoning regulations are adopted in accordance with the village's comprehensive plan.

The board of appeals has jurisdiction to hear and decide the following:

1. Appeals: Applications brought by aggrieved persons from interpretations of the village code made by the building inspector or from other determinations made by him.
2. Interpretations: Applications brought directly to the board of appeals by any local agency for interpretations of provisions of the village code.
3. Variances: Applications brought by persons for variances from the strict application of provisions of the village code.
4. Special permits: Applications brought by persons for special permits. 

The zoning board of appeals meets the second and fourth Friday of every month in the emergency services building. For more information on zoning, planning, and design review, contact Pam Bennett, Deputy Clerk.

Mark S. Butler, Chairman
Members: Obron Farber (Vice Chair), John S. Tarbet, Karen Collins, Arthur Graham

The village planning board has the authority to approve subdivision of property and other development approvals. The planning board is also responsible for preparing or changing a comprehensive plan for the village. The planning board meets the second Thursday of every month in the Emergency Services Building at 11:00 am. The planning board can also hold public hearings when it desires. Notices of hearings are advertised in the local newspaper and in Village Hall.

For more information on zoning, planning, and design review, contact Pam Bennett, Deputy Clerk.

Design Review Board

DRB permit applications

Stuyvesant Wainwright III, Chairman
Members: James H. McMullan (Vice Chair), Sherrill Dayton, Robert D. Caruso, Bruce A.T. Siska, Rosemary G. Brown, Carolyn D. Preische

The purposes of the design review board are:

1. To promote those qualities in the environment which retain or bring quality to life as well as material value to the community.
2. To foster the attractiveness and functional utility of the community as a place to live and work.
3. To preserve the character and quality of our heritage by maintaining the integrity of those areas which have a discernible character or are of special historic significance.
4. To protect existing investments in the area.
5. To encourage, where appropriate, a mix of uses within permissible use zones.
6. To raise the level of community expectations for the quality of its environment.
7. To control the exterior color of buildings so as to best promote and protect the above purposes. 

Guidelines for Vacant and Closed Store Windows

The design review board meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 9 am in the Emergency Services Building, 1 Cedar Street, in the main meeting room. For more information on zoning, planning, and design review, contact Pam Bennett, Deputy Clerk.

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