The village of Port Henry has adopted a local law requiring all dwellings to have a certificate of occupancy.
The new law requires the Port Henry code enforcement officer to issue a certificate of occupancy before anyone moves into a residence. It applies to all owned, rented, residential or commercial, single family or mixed occupancy dwellings, buildings and mobile homes. It includes pre-existing and newly-constructed homes.
“The purpose of this local law is to protect homeowners, landlords, tenants and the community,” according to a statement issued by the Port Henry village board.
Before a person moves into a home the law required the village codes officer to inspect and certify the building meets all village and state buildings codes. Only then will a certificate of occupancy be issued.
There is a $25 fee for the inspection and certificate of occupancy.
Violation of the law will result in fines.
Copies of the new law have been distributed to all local attorneys, real estate agencies and village landlords as well as the Essex County Department of Social Services and Essex County Real Property Services. The law is also on file in the village clerk’s office and may be viewed by the public during normal office hours.