The Department of Public Works in Peekskill provides a variety of vital services to the residents it serves. This Department includes the Water, Building and Engineering Departments.
Public Works provides refuse collection, snow plowing, street cleaning, maintenance of sanitary sewers and storm drains and maintains the street pavement of the City. Other services include streetlight and traffic signal maintenance, parking lot maintenance, and the administration of the recycling program. Sanitation is another major responsibility of the department. About 13,125 tons of garbage each year is picked up and disposed of. 4,100 tons per year of recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, glass metal and plastic are similarly handled
The Engineering Department provides technical assistance and inspection services on Public Works projects. This department ties in with the Building Department in assisting with plan review.
The Building Department is supervised by Brent W. VanZandt. With a staff of six people, the department issues many permits including Building Permits, Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Compliance, Plumbing Permits, Street Opening Permits, Sidewalk, Curb, and Driveway Permits, and Street Obstruction Permits, Sign Application. Permit fees and Swimming Pool requirements are also available through this department. Application for Certiicate of Compliance is available through this department. The Building Department inspects all new construction, alterations and additions and performs code enforcement and housing inspections.
Call (914) 734-4140 to get the help you need on these issues.
DEPARTMENT of PUBLIC WORKS
HIGHWAY OPERATIONS: Reports of potholes, debris in the road, non-functioning streetlights or traffic signals, problems with sewers or defective City-owned trees are answered at 734-4130. After business hours, emergency calls regarding Public Works functions will be answered at 734-4186.
PEEKSKILL RECYCLES: Recycling is an important part of our City's Sanitation Program. Peekskill is among the top recycling communities in Westchester County. With your help, we will continue this record, which will also provide important savings in tax dollars. Recycling is also the law and failure to comply with City Codes will result in the issuances of summonses that could range from $25 to $1000 a day. Please review the brochure for the regulations governing recycling and how items are to be prepared for collection.
REFUSE COLLECTION: The City of Peekskill is divided into two Sanitation Districts; the East side and West side. The collection schedules for each district are provided in this brochure. As a reminder, the City does not collect grass clippings. You can bring limited amounts of garbage and trash to the Highway Garage on Louisa Street, on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
LEAF COLLECTION: The City's Annual Leaf Collection Schedule is in this brochure. Residents may sweep leaves to the curbside only during the week that their street is scheduled for collection. Placing leaves on City streets at all other times is in violation of City Codes.
SNOW REMOVAL: From December 1 through April 15, the City's Snow Removal Ordinance is in effect. This includes the Alternate Side of the Street Parking Policy. Parking Regulations are indicated on street signs. A helpful "parking rule of thumb" to use during the winter Snow Season is that if there is no sign authorizing parking, then parking overnight on a City street is not permitted.
With an annual output of over 1.5 Billion gallons, the Peekskill Water Department continues to provide its residents with water of the highest quality at a reasonable cost. Water Department Personnel continually monitor the water quality from its WICCOPEE RESERVOIR through the PEEKSKILL HOLLOW BROOK. Aggressive watershed inspections protect the quality of the source water.
Our water filtration plant is manned twenty,-four hours a day, year round with certified experienced operators and continues to meet rigorous demands of State and Federal health requirements. It is our responsibility to bring you safe drinking water. It is your responsibility to use that water wisely.
Remember, conservation of water during times of drought and shortage in our water supply is everyone's responsibility. It takes approximately fifteen gallons of water being released from our reservoir for one gallon of water to reach our pump station. A simple dripping faucet could result in tens of thousands of gallons of water being wasted. Use, do not abuse, our most precious resource - WATER.
840 MAIN STREET, PEEKSKILL, NEW YORK 10566
WHEN DO YOU NEED A BUILDING PERMIT ?
Building permits are required for new additions, expansions, conversions, substantial alterations, garages, decks, finished basements and swimming pools. They are just a few examples. When you hire someone to do the work, Home Improvement Contractors, Electricians and Plumbers are required to be licensed by the County of Westchester.
REFINANCING, SELLING or BUYING a HOME?
Banks and Mortgage Companies require a building to have a Certificate of Occupancy as part of their application. Does the property have a Certificate of Occupancy? Was something built without a permit? Don't wait for the last minute to find out, when in the process of selling or buying a home, you can call the Building Department to inquire as to the status of the property.
ILLEGAL APARTMENTS / COMPLAINTS
The City has increased its efforts to locate and remove illegal apartments and require upgrading of substandard property by using an inspector to work evenings and weekends. Illegal apartments are subsidized by your tax dollars which provide Police and Fire Protection; Schools, Parks and Recreation; Trash collection and Sanitary sewers for the occupants. Also the occupant's safety is in question when construction, plumbing and electrical work is done without proper permits and inspections.
If you know of an illegal apartment, or have a complaint, please submit a written complaint to the Building Department at the address listed above.
TO COMPLY WITH 911 EMERGENCY REGULATIONS YOUR HOME / BUSINESS IS REQUIRED TO HAVE THE STREET NUMBER POSTED ON IT. IT MUST BE SEEN FROM THE STREET FOR POLICE, FIRE AND AMBULANCE RESPONSE