Building Division

The Electrical Exam will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

Please Note: In order to protect city staff and the public, submission and review of building permit applications will be by appointment only. Someone will escort you in and out of the building. Masks are required and social distancing must be maintained.

For information requests in accordance with the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), or to view a property file, appointments can be made by calling the Building Division office at (607) 274-6508. Appointments available on: Mondays & Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Duties & Services

Code Inspectors are employees of the Building Division and provide required inspections for building permits, housing inspections, exterior property maintenance and complaints.

The Electrical Inspector is located in the Building Division and is responsible for conducting electrical inspections and electrical surveys. Building permit applications for electrical work can be obtained between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., Monday through Friday.

The main office of the Plumbing Inspector is located on the 4th Floor of City Hall, 108 E. Green Street; call 607-274-6508 for more information. 


Commercial and non-profit building owners in the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County are eligible to apply for Energize NY Finance, which provides capital for clean-energy projects. Energize NY helps property owners identify incentive programs, find reliable and certified contractors/engineering firms, access low-cost long-term financing, and develop a plan to measure/verify energy savings after upgrades are complete. You will see an increase to the value of your buildings, while seeing decreased utility bills — translating into money in your pocket.  If your building has tenants, they will appreciate an increased level of comfort from efficient heating/cooling systems, which means fewer maintenance calls to you.

For more information, please click on the following link:

Energize NY Information