STOP WORK ORDER Town of Niskayuna Building Permits


Dear Niskayuna Residents and Contractors:

The Town has issued the following preliminary guidance as of April 1, 2020. As conditions evolve, the guidance is subject to change. Right now the Town has issued a stop work order on building permits in the Town of Niskayuna:


Town of Niskayuna Building Permits

Pursuant to NYS Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6, all non-essential construction must be shut down except emergency and essential construction. Therefore the Town of Niskayuna is placing a Stop Work Order on all building permits until further notice.

In the event that you believe your construction project qualifies as emergency or essential construction or that you qualify for a single worker exemption, you can sign an affidavit HERE attesting that your construction is exempt from Executive Order 202.6. Please complete the affidavit and submit it to the building department via email to [email protected].

No new building permits will be issued unless they qualify for emergency, essential or single worker exemptions and have a completed affidavit.

The Town has been mandated to limit its workforce by 50% until April 14th per Executive Order 202.4. The Town urges all residents to stay home and be diligent in maintaining social distances. However, if you happen to observe construction activity within the Town of Niskayuna we urge you to report the activity to the following email address, set up specifically for COVID-19 related violations: [email protected]. This email will be checked daily and investigated fully to ensure the Town of Niskayuna is doing its part to slow the spread of COVID 19.

This Stop Work Order does not apply to homeowners working in their own home, under a valid building permit, with a current Affidavit of Exemption on insurance requirements.

More Information:

EMERGENCY CONSTRUCTION: A project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or the necessary steps to bring an existing project to a safe and secure stopping point.

ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION: Includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters.

SINGLE WORKER: Executive Order 202.6 does not apply to a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

EVERY SITE, whether emergency, essential or single worker, MUST maintain social distance requirements, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.



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