Building, Planning & Zoning

Responsibility for the oversight of this department is assigned to Gary E. Beck, Jr., Building Inspector. This office administers building regulations, as well as planning and zoning code, it develops and provides staff support for the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Department staff addresses Planning, Zoning Enforcement, Zoning Variances, Zoning issues, Ordinance Enforcement including Construction Codes, Property Maintenance Code and Special Use Permits.

The Building Department consists of Building Inspector Gary E. Beck, Jr. and Deputy inspectors who issue all building permits, performs construction inspection, issues Certificates of Occupancy when appropriate, and enforces the Building Code of New York State, and pertinent sections of the City of Poughkeepsie Code of Ordinances.

All electrical, plumbing, and heating work performed in the City of Poughkeepsie must be performed by licensed individuals or firms. This division regulates and issues the appropriate licenses for Electricians and Plumbers. A list of licensed providers is available on the Downloads page or by contacting the department at the main contact number.

Plumbing and Electrical Test

The Plumbing and Electrical test will be given 9:00am on November 23, 2013 at City Hall,  City of Poughkeepsie – 62 Civic Center Plaza – 3rd Floor

For additional information about plumbing tests, please visit:

For additional information about electrical tests, please visit:

For additional information about other construction trade tests, please visit:

Historic District & Landmark Preservation Commission (HDLPC):

The HDLPC is a group of City residents, appointed by the Mayor, who are charged with reviewing all plans for the moving, exterior construction, alteration or repair, landscaping or demolition or any change in the exterior appearance of places, sites, structures or buildings designated landmarks or landmark sites and all places, sites, structures or buildings wholly or partly within the boundaries of a historic district. The Commission also considers applications for designation of historic landmarks and/or districts and makes recommendations regarding those applications to the Common Council.

Meetings are held on the 3rd floor of City Hall in Common Council Chambers on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Occasionally, due to holidays, meetings need to be rescheduled.  It is suggested that anyone interested in attending a meeting contact the Building Department at (845) 451-4007. The HDLPC does not accept “walk-in” applications at meetings.

  HDLPC 2014 Meeting Dates (21.0 KiB, 916 hits)

Lead Primary Prevention Program 

  Wipe Out Lead by Renovating Right (153.9 KiB, 868 hits)

  Lead Primary Prevention Program (73.7 KiB, 945 hits)

Boards & Committees Information

  Committees & Boards Members List (75.5 KiB, 46 hits)

For further information and applications, please visit the Building Department section of the Downloads page

Office Hours & Location

City Hall
62 Civic Center Plaza – 2nd Floor
8:30AM-4:30PM, Monday-Friday

Contact Information

Main Business Contact
Kathy Rodriguez
Municipal Secretary
(845) 451-4007
(845) 451-4006  FAX

Nancy Fedorchak
Administrative Assistant
(845) 451-4055
(845) 451-4006 FAX

Gary E. Beck, Jr.
Building Inspector
(845) 451-4007

Eric Philipp
Deputy Building Inspector

Ed Peters
Deputy Building Inspector

Don Cocker
Deputy Building Inspector

Judy Knauss
Deputy Zoning Administrator