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Old 11-15-2011, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Forgive me but what are CO's?
Certificate of Occupancy

I had a thought -- the Nassau tax assessor's web site should have info on the house with respect to what the town has on file -- ie the garage or the conversion. Www.mynassauproperty.com
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:12 AM
 
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Certificate of Occupancy

I had a thought -- the Nassau tax assessor's web site should have info on the house with respect to what the town has on file -- ie the garage or the conversion. Www.mynassauproperty.com
Is there analogous site for Suffolk - to look up permits and such (for a particular house of interest)?
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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Definitely should check directly with the zoning department.

If the above zoning is the case, the prospective homeowner needs to know the current widths of each side yard. For example if they add up to 20', the prospective homeowner can go out a maximum of 5' on the side which is a minimum of 10'.

My parent's old Levitt house appears to have at most 7' on one side and maybe 10' on the other. If the above code applied to their home, the most they could bump out would be 2' on one side.

This is correct, Not sure if the building department will give specific info over the phone, I had to make an appontment with the plan examiner's office and bring a survey, which generally are on file with the building department. they were pretty happy to go through what I wanted to do what I could/couldn't do, what would require a varience etc.

Building isn't particularly cheap and permits need to be in place for existing stuff, but most situations aren't as expensive or dire as what mongoose is describing. just make sure when buying it that all improvements have been legalized or can be easily.
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:18 PM
 
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Forgive me but what are CO's?
CO = Certificate of Occupancy

A CO is a document issued by a local government agency or building department certifying a building's compliance with applicable building codes and other laws, and indicating it to be in a condition suitable for occupancy.
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Is there analogous site for Suffolk - to look up permits and such (for a particular house of interest)?
Not that I know of for Suffolk County.

The Town of Huntington has the following:
Town of Huntington
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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I'm looking to purchase a home in Levittown (Island Trees) area and the home is great except the living room is reall small. I'd like to expand out the side of the home in which the living room is located as much as I can but not sure what the regulations are for the area.

Is there a minimum distance you need to maintain between your property and neighbors property?

How would I find out such a thing?

Thanks I'm a complete LI newb.. Moving in from the city.

I sent you a Direct Message.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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Definitely should check directly with the zoning department.

If the above zoning is the case, the prospective homeowner needs to know the current widths of each side yard. For example if they add up to 20', the prospective homeowner can go out a maximum of 5' on the side which is a minimum of 10'.

My parent's old Levitt house appears to have at most 7' on one side and maybe 10' on the other. If the above code applied to their home, the most they could bump out would be 2' on one side.
OhBeeHave, it actually depends on the use of the extension into the sideyard. If your parents were putting in a garage, they would get an extra 3 feet fwiw (if their total sideyardage was 17 feet). From the same article:

Section 190: Permitted Encroachments

(4) One-story additions to a main dwelling projecting into one of the required side yards, provided that the area of the encroachment shall be used for garage purposes only, and provided further that neither side yard is less than five feet wide, and provided further that the aggregate widths of the two side yards shall be at least 12 feet.


I didn't include that in the initial post because OP only asked about minimum distance and it's still 5 feet; I also read plenty of zoning code provisions at work and try not to let the fun slip into my personal life
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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OhBeeHave, it actually depends on the use of the extension into the sideyard. If your parents were putting in a garage, they would get an extra 3 feet fwiw (if their total sideyardage was 17 feet). From the same article:

Section 190: Permitted Encroachments

(4) One-story additions to a main dwelling projecting into one of the required side yards, provided that the area of the encroachment shall be used for garage purposes only, and provided further that neither side yard is less than five feet wide, and provided further that the aggregate widths of the two side yards shall be at least 12 feet.


I didn't include that in the initial post because OP only asked about minimum distance and it's still 5 feet; I also read plenty of zoning code provisions at work and try not to let the fun slip into my personal life
C'mon -- Town code is more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

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I'm looking to purchase a home in Levittown (Island Trees) area and the home is great except the living room is reall small. I'd like to expand out the side of the home in which the living room is located as much as I can...
I interpreted it as extending the living room, which is why I didn't dig any further; the info you originally provided seemed spot on (provided that this house falls within that portion of the code.)
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