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Water Meter Questions

Water consumption
A brochure is now available with hints about water conservation, common causes of water loss and sources for repair assistance, as well as souces for assistance with other utilities.  We hope you find it helpful.

Water and Sewer Billing
Bills are sent quarterly and are due on the 20th of the month. The City is divided into thirds; one third of the City is billed each month (view the map). Billing due dates are as follows: Zone 1 (account numbers begining 02 - 15, Feb., May, Aug., Nov.), Zone 2 (account numbers begining 31 - 48, Mar., June, Sep., Dec.), Zone 3 (account numbers bgining 49 - 81, Jan., Apr., July, Oct.). Specific information regarding particular accounts is available from us at (607) 274-6580.

If you have recently purchased your residence, please contact the City Chamberlain's Office at 108 E. Green Street (607-274-6580) to make sure we have your name and address for billing. Landlords and tenants should make other arrangements to obtain billing information, if the water bill, by lease agreement, is the responsibility of the tenant.

For further information visit the Water & Sewer Division page. Information about water conservation is available in brochure form from the Chamberlain's office (view the brochure)

Long Term Parking

Long-term parking is offered by the Cayuga Street Garage located between Green Street and Clinton Street in downtown Ithaca.

$63.00 per month special rate to provide all students, staff and faculty the opportunity to enjoy convient, secure, and affordable long-term parking.

Visit or call the garage manager today to enjoy this special rate. Call Terry at 607-256-7275 or visit Ideal for Semester breaks and vacations. No need to move your car every 24 hours. Easy access to campus shuttles and bus transportation. Quick walk to the Ithaca Commons.

Parking Lot Permits


The City sells parking permits for three garages; the Dryden Road Garage on the corner of Dryden Road and College Avenue; the Green Street Garage,which is the upper leveled garage entered from the 100 block of East Green Street; and the Seneca Street Garage, which is on the corner of Seneca Street and Tioga Street (a permit is required for overnight parking except for occassional visitor use.  All permits are sold for flexible 30 day periods (generally expire 30 days after purchase). Weekly permits and Overnight only permits may also be purchased (Call or stop in @Chamberlain's Ofc. for details and limitations).

New permits are subject to a one time charge of $5.00 to cover the cost of the pass card that activates the garage gates. Replacement pass cards are $5.00.

New for 2014! Rates are tiered depending on use. Residential parking permits grant 24/7 access, Worker's permits range from rates for full-time Monday - Friday, 10 hours/day to two different part-time rates.

Rates for City of Ithaca Monthly Parking Permits, Effective January 1, 2014

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Green Street, excludes street level Pay & Display lot 

Monthly: Full Access (24/7) Recommended for Downtown Residents

Worker's Special: M-F, up to 12 hrs./day (up to 210 hours/month, no rollover)

Part Timer Special: 24/7 access but limited to 105 hours/month (free weekends, no rollover hours)

Primo Part-time Special: 24/7 access but limited to 68 hours/month (free weekends, no rollover hours)






Seneca Street, 3rd Floor and up

Monthly: Full Access (24/7) Recommended for Downtown Residents

Worker's Special: M-F, up to 12 hrs./day (up to 210 hours/month, no rollover)

Part Timer Special: 24/7 access but limited to 105 hours/month (free weekends, no rollover hours)

Primo Part-time Special: 24/7 access but limited to 68 hours/month (free weekends, no rollover hours)






Dryden Road 24 hour parking: Recommended for Collegetown Residents





$ 35.75

Dryden Road Hours Permits: Discounted hourly, 250 hrs./Month (no rollover hours)

Worker's Special: M-F, up to 12 hrs./day (up to 210 hours/month, no rollover)

Part Timer Special: 24/7 access but limited to 105 hours/month (no rollover)

Primo Part-time Special: 24/7 access but limited to 68 hours/month (no rollover hours)







Patrons who purchase parking permits in the City parking facilities are required to move their vehicles every 24 hours. If your vehicle has not moved in 72 hours, it may be subject to additional fees, and your vehicle may be considered abandoned and subject to towing at your expense.

Permits are also available for the Cayuga Street Garage, located on the corner of Cayuga Street and Clinton Street.  The garage is managed by All-Pro Parking.  Inquiries may be directed to garage personnel at (607) 256-7275 or visit

Parking Violations


On-Street Parking
On-street parking is permitted in the City of Ithaca, but is restricted by two city wide regulations in addition to any street side signage.

  • 24-Hour parking: The City has a City-wide 24-hour parking restriction in addition to other parking regulations. This regulation requires that a vehicle be moved at least once every 24-hours Monday - Friday. Violation - Overtime Zone #02
  • Odd/Even Winter-time Parking: On-street parking is also restricted between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 1 to April 1 for snow removal and street cleaning purposes. These restrictions prohibit parking on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days and the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered days. This applies anywhere in the City unless otherwise posted. Tickets are issued to violators, so please contact the Parking Violations Department at (607) 274-6581 if you have questions. Violation - Overtime Night: Odd/Even #12
  • Residential Parking Permits
    The City passed an ordinance permitting the sale of residential parking permits for on-street parking in certain neighborhoods. Questions should be referred to the City Clerk's Office at (607) 274-6570. Violation - Residential Permit Zone #25. Please note that this violation has a progressive fine structure.

Parking Violations
Call Traffic Violations at (607) 274-6581 if you have questions.

The fine for the folllowing violations increases if you have had another ticket for the same infraction within the past eighteen months:

Violation Code 1st 2nd 3rd
Prohibited area 06 $30 $45 $60
Truck Zone 17 $30 $45 $60
Handicap 21 $100 $150 $200
Yard Parking 22 $20 $30 $50
Residential Parking Permit 25 $15 $30 $45


The Chamberlain's Office accepts payments of tickets issued for parking violations within the City of Ithaca. We can also provide information about appealing your parking violation. We do not accept payments for tickets issued for moving violations within the City. City issued moving violations are payable at City Court, 118 E. Clinton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.  

Parking tickets not paid or appealed within 20 days of issuance accrue a late payment penalty of $15 in addition to the fine. Also, failure to pay or respond to parking tickets may result in certification as a scofflaw with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and prevent the renewal or transferring of the vehicle registration. If more than five tickets remain unpaid, the vehicle to which the tickets were issued may be impounded.

Payments should be mailed or presented to the City of Ithaca Traffic Violations Bureau, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850, (607) 274-6581.  Parking tickets may also be paid with a credit card on-line at   If you need to call us about a parking ticket, please have your license plate number handy when you call; we will need this in order to verify ticket information.

Tax Collection


City Property Taxes
City taxes are payable in two installments. The first installment bill is mailed on the last day of December and is due without penalty by January 31 of each year. Second installment bills are mailed on the last day of May and are due without penalty by June 30 of each year. Both tax bills are prepared from data maintained by the Tompkins County Assessment Division, and both bills are prepared around December 1 of each year. Therefore, depending on when you buy your home, you may need to tell us of the change in ownership to ensure subsequent bills are mailed to you.

  • First installment bills- mailed on the last business day of December.

    Due: January 1st through 31st without penalty.
    Penalty: 5% penalty on taxes paid in February. Additional 1% per month there-after through and including October.

  • Second installment bills- mailed the last business day in May

    Due: June 1st though June 30 without penalty.
    Penalty: 5% penalty in July. Additional 1% per month thereafter through October.

  • Where to pay:
    City Chamberlain's Office
    City Hall
    108 East Green Street
    Ithaca, NY 14850
    (607) 274-6580

    If your bank or mortgage company has notified the Tompkins County Assessment Division that your taxes will be paid out of a tax escrow account, your tax bills will be sent to your bank or its agent. Otherwise, please contact us if you do not receive your tax bills. There is no provision in Real Property Tax Law to allow a waiver of penalty if taxes are not paid during the penalty free period.

Billing Addresses and Bank Codes
For information regarding bank codes and billing address changes for escrow account payments, please contact the
Tompkins County Assessment Division
128 East Buffalo Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5517.

Enforcement of Delinquent Taxes
Procedures for enforcement of delinquent City of Ithaca taxes derive from Article 11 of New York State Real Property Tax Law. Taxes become delinquent on October 1. At that time, a fifteen percent penalty is assessed. Taxes can be foreclosed by a Court action two years after the lien date of January 1. The city has also adopted the provisions of Article 11 of Real Property Tax Law that allow installment payments of delinquent City taxes. In short, the provisions allow taxpayers to pay 25% of the delinquent taxes due, and make 24 monthly payments on the remainder. The provisions may be found under Payment Plan for Delinquent Taxes.

Procedures for Collection of Delinquent Taxes

  • Taxes become delinquent on October 1. Formalized legal advertising of unpaid taxes occurs. All penalties that have accrued through and including October, in addition to a 15% penalty, apply.
  • Shortly after taxes become delinquent on October 1, a notification will go to property owners with details and procedures for entering into an optional installment agreement for the payment of delinquent taxes. Property owners may make the election to pay in installments at any time before the City forecloses its tax liens. City Charter provides for a 25% down payment at the time the agreement is signed. Installments may be made over a 24 month period at an additional 1% per month interest rate. Signing the agreement and maintaining payments suspends further enforcement proceedings.
  • Taxes remaining unpaid approaching two years after the original lien date will be included in the list of properties for foreclosure proceedings. This is the first step in a court proceeding that vests title in the property to the City.

    Where to pay:
    City Chamberlain's Office
    City Hall
    108 East Green Street
    Ithaca, NY 14850
    (607) 274-6580

Due dates for taxes are determined annually. Actual due dates may vary from those listed here. Please refer to your tax bill for the actual due date, or call our office at 607 274-6580. Before mailing checks for late taxes, please check with the tax collector to be sure of the penalty amount.

Taxes for the County of Tompkins
For properties located within the City of Ithaca, the City Chamberlain's Office collects county taxes each year until the end of March. County tax bills are mailed December 31, in the same envelope as City taxes. Taxpayers may elect to pay County taxes in one payment, or in installments.


Installment Option - Tompkins County Taxes
There is a service charge for choosing installments. It is included in the amount due for the first installment. The bill mailed in December tells you how much to pay under either plan.

  • First installment:
    Due: January 1st through 31st without penalty. After January 31st you may not choose to pay in installments.
    Where to pay:
    Chamberlain's Office
    City Hall
    108 East Green Street
    Ithaca, NY 14850
    (607) 274-6580.
  • Second Installment:
    Due: After February 1st through July 1st. If you wish to make your second installment payment in February, please call to make sure the City has forwarded installment payment information to the County. This may not happen until a few days after the first of the month. Second installment payments cannot be made until then.
    Penalty: 5% plus 1% per month starting July 2nd.
    Where to pay:
    County of Tompkins, Division of Budget and Finance
    125 East Court Street
    Ithaca, NY 14850
    (607) 274-5545

Full Payment Option
Taxpayers may elect to pay County taxes in full and avoid the service charge for installment payments. If you have not made your first installment payment by January 31st, you must pay in full.
Due: January 1st through 31st without penalty.
Penalty: 1% penalty on taxes paid in February. Additional 1% per month thereafter through April.
Where to pay:City Chamberlain's Office
City Hall
108 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-6580

Ithaca City School District Taxes
Bills are mailed by the school district on or about September 30th.
Due: October 1st through October 31st without penalty. Due date may be extended into November; call the district tax office at(607) 274-2217 for actual due date.
Penalties: 2% in November. 3% in December. After unpaid bills are returned to the City for collection in January, additional penalties of 1% per month, plus 5%, compound through October.
Where to pay: For current year taxes, from October through December, pay Ithaca City School District, to the address or to area banks as listed on the bill. Payments cannot be made between the end of December and about January 25th of each year. Starting January for prior October's taxes, pay at City Hall, City Chamberlain's Office, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850, (607) 274-6580.

Trash and/or Yard Waste Collection/Tags

Trash is picked up at City residences every week. Recycling is picked up every other week on the same day as trash.  Yard  Waste is also picked up every other week, opposite from the recycling pickup. Yard Waste is picked up seasonally, generally April 1 - October 31. Call the Streets and Facilities Division at (607) 272-1718 to find out when your trash is collected.

Yard Waste Tags

Currently yard waste tags are available at City Hall, Agway, GreenStar, Oasis, P & C Fresh (Pine Tree Rd.), Tops and Wegmans. Yard waste tags are $9.00 for a sheet of 6. Individual tags may be purchased at City Hall for $1.50 each.

Trash Tags

Effective Jan. 1, 2014 the City of Ithaca will offer only one type of trash tag for waste disposal. The tag will be valid for large trash cans and/or bags weighing up to 35 pounds. The cost of the large tag (color orange) will be $3.75each, sold in a sheet of 6 for $22.50. Trash tags are available at the following locations:

  • City Chamberlain's Office, City Hall, 108 East Green Street
  • Agway Farm and Home Center, 213 S. Fulton Street
  • Campus Store, Cornell University Campus
  • Greenstar Co-op Market, 701 W. Buffalo Street
  • Jason's Deli, 301 College Avenue
  • Oasis, Dewitt Mall
  • P & C Fresh, East Hill Plaza
  • Pete's, 805 W. Buffalo Street
  • Top's, 614 S. Meadow Street
  • Wegman's, 500 S. Meadow Street
Recycling information is available from Tompkins County Solid Waste (607) 273-5700