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Why Did My Assessment Change? New York State Real Property Tax Law specifies that property values for the 2019 Assessment Roll be based on real estate market conditions as of July 1, 2018. Any increase in your assessment is generally due to physical changes in your property or changes in market conditions from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018.
What are the specific reasons for an assessment change?
What effect does an increase in assessment have on my taxes?
What are some examples of typical assessment changes in Southampton?
Why then do I have an assessment increase?
What can I do if I want more information about the Assessment Process in Southampton and in New York?
What can I do if I want to appeal my new assessment?
TO FILE BY DIGITAL E-FILING:
TO FILE BY MAIL:
TO FILE IN PERSON:
To avoid waiting in line on Grievance Day, we encourage you to file an e-grievance or mail in your appeal. Your appeal will receive equal scrutiny whether you file by mail, digital e-grievance or in person. All grievances will be reviewed by the Board of Assessment Review. Decisions will be mailed or digitally transmitted by July 1, 2019.
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We believe it is important to feel supported when caregiving. While those being cared for need the best possible care and kindness, so do those who are caring for them. Caregivers, Adult Children of Aging Parents and also Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Groups meet regularly. All Support Groups are held at the Hampton Bays Senior Center
For information please call: 631-728-1235 Open: Monday-Fridays, 8:00am - 3:30pm
The Town’s transportation program is one of our top priorities and important to our seniors and their families. This service can be a lifeline to many seniors enabling them to remain in their own home and community. One ride at a time! This important program is designed to aid residents of the Town of Southampton. It can be used for transportation to and from basic essential services such as shopping, bank, post office, drug store, hair dresser, barber shop, non-emergency medical visits, governmental agencies and hospital / nursing home visitation of a sick spouse. This service is available to senior citizens and/or handicapped individuals within the township, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Please note:
‘For those confined to a wheel chair, transportation to medical appointments via a bus equipped with a hydraulic lift is available. Medical appointments must be made well in advance (minimum 5 days notice required if possible), and if any type of assistance is needed a responsible adult is requested to accompany the person. Medical appointment times are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and are taken on a first come-first serve basis so we can serve each of those in need as quickly and conveniently as possible.
Are you a Senior… age 60+? Come join us for fun activities, lunches, health and wellness, entertainment and new friendships. We also have volunteer opportunities. Enjoy healthy, comforting meals and share them with new and old friends, in a warm and welcoming setting in one of our Town Community Centers. Each weekday morning and afternoon a variety of activities are offered for fun, education, creativity, and to help you feel vital and connected in a very pleasant and inviting social center. Lunch is served at noon daily and alternate meal choices are available offering the “best deal in town.” Suggested contribution is $3.50 per meal. Round-trip transportation is available if needed. Of course there are many wonderful “SPECIAL SENIOR PROGRAMS”: Recreation, Health and Exercise Classes, Social and Cultural Programs, Trips and our Annual Senior Citizen Picnic For additional information, please call 631-728-1235.
Home-delivered meals can be provided on a temporary or long-term basis, five days per week, for home-bound seniors. Please call one of our three community centers to make arrangements that fit your needs. Town Community Centers Locations and Hours:
Open Monday-Fridays 8:00am to 4:00pm
Each weekday morning and afternoon a variety of activities are offered for fun, education, creativity, and to help you feel vital and connected in a very pleasant and inviting social center. Lunch is served at noon daily and alternate meal choices are available offering the “best deal in town.” Suggested contribution is $3.50 per meal. Round-trip transportation is available if necessary.
A false alarm is when your alarm company reports an alarm activation, a police and/or fire official respond to your residence or business. When they arrive on scene and there is no emergency present, this is considered a false alarm.
Effective October 8, 2017, any false alarm that is older than sixty months will be aged off of the alarm count for that property. Your false alarm account will be billed based on the amount of alarms within a sixty-month period. Invoice # starting with a PA is a POLICE ALARM and FA is a FIRE ALARM.
A. For each subsequent false POLICE ALARM, the following schedule of fees shall apply for alarms occurring within the preceding sixty-month period:
First false police alarm is: No charge
Second false alarm: $100.00
Third false alarm: $200.00
Fourth false alarm: $250.00
Fifth false alarm: $300.00
Sixth or more false alarm: $400.00
B. For each subsequent false FIRE ALARM, the following schedule of fees shall apply for alarms occurring within the preceding sixty-month period:
First false fire alarm: No charge
Second false fire alarm: $400.00
Third false fire alarm: $500.00
Fourth false fire alarm: $750.00
Fifth or more false fire alarm: $1,000.00
Yes, now payments can be made online through our online portal via credit card after you create an account. Visit the Town website at www.southamptontownny.gov, click the orange “ONLINE Services” link to the left, and click on “Alarm Billing” for instructions.
To appeal a false alarm charge, go to the Town website at www.southamptontownny.gov/alarmbilling to fill out an online form or print a form and mail to:
Town of SouthamptonAttention: Alarm Billing116 Hampton RoadSouthampton, NY 11968
Please attach any supporting documentation. This must be completed within 30 days of the invoice date located at the top right corner of your invoice.
My alarm system experienced a malfunction and was in need of a repair which is what caused the alarm dispatch. Does this qualify as an exemption of fines?
According to Town Code §85-5. page 7 under Installation and Maintenance:
"The owner or lessee shall be responsible for the maintenance and service of his or her fire or police alarm device equipment and shall be responsible for all malfunctions of his or her equipment."
Any appeal received in regards to this category will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Any unpaid invoices dated between September 1st of the previous year to August 31st of the current year, that have not been paid by November 1st will be placed on your December Tax Bill of the current year.
Ex: Any unpaid alarms that occurred from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016 will be placed on the 2016/2017 Tax Levy.
According to the Town, any burglar alarm must be canceled by the alarm company before any police arrive on scene. Police dispatchers will not accept calls from the home owner. The police dispatch does not have the means of being able to confirm that the caller is the actual homeowner or that the homeowner isn’t canceling because they are under duress (being made to do so). The only alarms that cannot be canceled are a panic, holdup or fire alarms.
Many alarm companies make it part of their procedure to have a “call list” to help prevent false alarms, while other companies do not always notify their customers of this option. We recommend that a “call list” be put in place so that there are multiple ways to contact someone in case of a false alarm.
Yes. Be aware of any persons on your property at all times. If you have a housecleaner, landscaper, or if there is construction being done, please make sure that all parties either have the pass code to the alarm system, or a set schedule of when they will be entering the property. If you have friends or family staying at the property, please make sure that all the individuals have the proper information to disarm the alarm system or the pass code so that they can provide the information to the alarm company when they call.
Some alarm companies will offer to have one of their employees or security guards respond to an alarm signal and if there is a problem they will then dispatch Police. Most companies that offer this service have a fee associated with it so make sure you research what the fees are. This is a preference call on your end. If you are not in the area all year round, or are a “Seasonal Resident”, we recommend having a caretaker, or asking a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your property. This helps limit the chances of false alarms.
A huge concern with some of the alarm companies is making sure they are able to service or repair your alarm system in a reasonable amount of time. There are many alarm companies that will monitor your system, but they do not have any technicians in the area to service your alarm when needed.
We recommend that the property owner should have their alarm system serviced regularly or at least on a yearly basis. This will help to keep the alarm system functioning properly and will greatly decrease the possibility of false alarms.
If your property has a landline for your communications and home phone, we recommend having a battery backup for the modem in case of a power outage. This will help limit any missed calls in any areas with poor cellular service.
An alarm company cannot appeal a false alarm invoice for the property owner/tenant. It is the property owner’s responsibility to follow the procedure when appealing a false alarm invoice. All necessary information will be requested from the property owner once an appeal is received.
The Alarm Billing inquiry phone line is 631-702-1886.
This is a voice mail only line.
Please leave the following information so we can review the information prior to returning your phone call.
Please be advised that this is a very high volume call line. Please be assured that your call will be answered in the order in which it is received and given the same adequate attention as all other previous calls.
Commercial properties are the only properties that are required to register their fire alarms with the fire department. Residential properties do not need to register an alarm system nor is it a requirement to have one.
Non-profit organizations, like churches and other not-for-profits, are not excluded from false alarm fines and are responsible for payment of such fees. This is not a tax, therefore any property that does not pay taxes are still responsible for payments of false alarm fines.
“School districts and other governmental agencies would be exempt for paying the false burglar alarm fees imposed by Town Code Sec. 85-4(A) and (B).”
Schools, libraries, and any government owned property are the only exceptions and are excluded from paying false alarm fines.
Yes. You can sign up on our online portal from the Town website. Visit the Town website at :www.southamptontownny.gov, click the “ONLINE Services” link to the left, and click on “Alarm Billing”. Click the link to create an account to view your open invoices, account history, or to make payments online.
According to the Town Code § 85-3. Intentional False Alarms:
B. “Any person, corporation, or other entity that performs work in a building protected by an alarm system that causes the alarm to falsely actuate shall be deemed responsible for that actuation.”
If work is being done at the property location, the homeowner is responsible for making the necessary changes with the alarm company.
Please contact Southampton Village at (631) 283-0247
Apply by mail:
For further information, please contact Southampton Town Trustees Dept. at (631) 287-5717.
Please note, if you have a 2019 Beach Parking Permit it is valid through June 30, 2020.
No Daily Permits will be sold until further notice.
Parks and Recreation Office is currently CLOSED to the public
If you need more information please visit the Parks & Recreation website at www.southamptontownny.gov/parksrec or call our office at (631) 728-8585 during normal business hours (Mon – Fri, 8:30am-4:00pm).Because of this limited staffing, the response time to phone calls may be impacted. We do appreciate your patience and understanding during these very challenging times.
Visit our website: http://www.southamptontownny.gov/parksrec for further details.
In general the tent company handling the transaction will submit the application. If an individual wants or needs to submit the application directly they can download the Tent Permit Application or call 631-702-2919 to have one faxed or mailed.
In the United States, the term affordable housing is used to describe housing, rental or owner-occupied, that is affordable to families who work and earn all levels of incomes. Affordable homes and affordable rental prices are geared to low, moderate or middle income families based on the Area Median Income (AMI) levels that the United State Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) establishes yearly. Many working families are priced out of the market in the high-priced housing market on the East End of Long Island.
Affordable housing provides opportunity and choices to individuals and families throughout the town of Southampton to live meaningful and successful lives. Everyone who lives or works in Southampton deserves the opportunity live in quality affordable housing located in the town. When it comes down to the numbers, integrating affordable housing throughout our community can provide more access to jobs, health care, quality education and overall opportunity. It will help keep young families and seniors in the communities where they live and work. It will also alleviate the traffic congestion because employees who cannot afford to live here must drive to their jobs.
All affordable housing programs qualify recipients based on their income. Since different parts of the country have varying living costs and income levels, the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determines an Area Median Income (AMI) for each housing market throughout the country. For example, the area median income in Nassau/Suffolk area for a family of four in 2017 is $110,800 while the median income in Greenville, North Carolina is $57,000. HUD takes into account the high cost of living on Long Island. In the Town of Southampton because of the high cost of living and high property values, even a family making over $100,000 finds it impossible to afford a market rate home. To qualify for assistance, family size is taken into account because of higher costs of providing for a larger family.
There are literally dozens of different housing programs that you might qualify for. Generally, if you earn less than 60% of the median income for your area, you can qualify for LIHTC apartments, which makes up the largest chunk of rental apartments available. To qualify for rental subsidies, where you only pay 30% of your income for rent, you'll need to earn less than 50% of the median income. Many of the programs go out of their way to target even lower income people, even as low as 30% of the median income. Homeownership is targeted to low/moderate and moderate working families who earn 60% to 120%. (Click here to see the HUD Income Chart)
The Town has established a Housing Registry to keep you informed of opportunities for affordable homeownership or affordable apartments. You can apply by filling out an application on the town’s website: www.southamptontownny.gov. You will be notified of any new housing or resales of existing affordable housing that becomes available. New developments will be sold through a lottery system. Resales will be posted on the town’s web site or you will receive email notification of availability. You will also be notified of rental opportunities (not Section 8) through the web site and by email.
90% of potential homebuyers have some blemishes on their credit, but as long as you are willing to put in the effort you can begin to improve your situation. If you think you may have a poor credit history, you should begin the home-buying process by attending mortgage counseling. Free and confidential mortgage counseling is available at several agencies. The Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP: 631-435-4171) and the Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI: 631-471-1215) are just two of several HUD certified counseling agencies that will help you learn if you are ready for homeownership. They will also assist in teaching you how to repair your credit in advance of purchasing a home.
Though it is incorrectly used to describe all housing that is assisted with government funding, subsidized housing describes housing that has funding for rental assistance. That is, housing where all or a portion of the occupants monthly housing cost is paid for directly by the government. An example of this is the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program (HVC) commonly known as Section 8, where a renter only pays the portion of the rent that is determined to be affordable to them based on their income.
Unfortunately, Section 8 (The Housing Choice Voucher Program) has a negative impression though it's a good program that helps good people. Section 8 is a HUD program that helps renters pay their rent by paying for any rent costs that exceed 30% of the renter’s income. If a renter earns $2,000 per month in San Francisco but their rent costs $1,150 per month, Section 8 helps by paying $550 of that rent since 30% of the renter’s income is $600. This rental subsidy is very scarce and there are waiting lists across the country for the program.
The Southampton Town Housing Authority maintains a waiting list of applicants for Section 8 vouchers or available apartments at the Hampton Bays Apartment Complex. Please contact them directly at 631-488-4220 or visit the Southampton Town Housing Authority at www.southamptonha.org to get more information.
Housing authorities have been around for many years and was the country's first concerted effort to provide affordable housing to lower income Americans. A housing authority is usually locally based, owns affordable rental units and serves a whole city or county. The Town of Southampton Housing Authority (STHA) was created to help lower income residents afford rental housing according to their incomes. The STHA owns and operates the Hampton Bays Apartments for low-income seniors and disabled. The STHA receives administrative funding from HUD for each apartment and the tenant portion of the rents to operate and maintain the facility. The STHA also administers the Town’s Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program
Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) is a Federal housing assistance program that provides tax incentives to owners of affordable housing. The program does not provide direct assistance to renters and is strictly used to finance the construction (not the operation) of rental properties. Usually, LIHTC properties have units available for families earning 60% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI). The rental properties are usually of very high quality and are often mistaken for luxury apartment communities. LIHTC is America's most successful affordable housing program having created millions of affordable rental units since its inception in the late 1980's. The lovely Woodbridge Apartments in Hampton Bays are a LIHTC development.
The Town of Southampton does not have emergency housing capabilities. If you have an emergency, Suffolk County Department of Social Services provides those services. You may call 631-853-9930 or after 4:30 pm or weekends call: 631-854-9100.
HUD Certified Mortgage Counseling Agencies:
Offers mortgage counseling and homebuyer education to the general public, free of charge. Topics covered may include reverse mortgages, pre purchase information and requirements, refinancing and foreclosure prevention strategies. Group seminars may be requested to be held at local Town Halls or public libraries.
Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP)180 Oser AvenueHauppauge, NY 11788631-435-4710www.lihp.org
Offers Nassau and Suffolk County residents information on first time home buying, down payments, closing cost assistance, competitive first time homebuyer mortgage products, and tips on how to negotiate with a seller.
Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI)2100 Middle Country RoadCentereach, NY 1170631-471-1215www.cdcli.org
Provides decent low cost housing for the homeless and very low income families. Support services are provided to tenants in budgeting, money management, mortgage delinquency/default, pre-purchase, Default Homebuyer Education Workshops, Second Chance Program, Housing Rehabilitation Program, rental assistance counseling, FAN Program, Senior Program, Quality of Life Program, utility assistance when available and anger management.
Bellport, Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance (BHEP)1492 Montauk HighwayBellport, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
Suffolk County Down Payment Assistance Program:
Provides first-time homebuyers with federal funds for a portion of the down payment 75% down payment assistance is available towards the purchase of a principal residence, up to a maximum of $14,000 or $12,000, depending on income level. Serves the towns of Brookhaven, East Hampton, Huntington, Riverhead, Smithtown, Southampton, Southold, and Shelter Island. Call for more information: 631-853-5705.
Landlord/Tenant Dispute Education and Resolution:
Provides housing counseling for landlord/tenant-rights and responsibilities, rent payment increases and eviction situations and mortgage counseling to homeowners. Pre-purchase, pre-rental and mortgage default predatory lending counseling. An appointment may be required for some counseling.
Long Island Housing Services (LIHS)640 Johnson Avenue – Suite 8Bohemia, NY 11716631-567-5111www.lifairhousing.org
SONYMA Mortgage Programs
The State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) offers five mortgage programs to assist first-time homebuyers with the purchase of a home in New York State. The five mortgage programs feature competitive interest rates, low down payment requirements, flexible underwriting guidelines, no prepayment penalties and down payment assistance. Each of these features is designed to make your home purchase more affordable. All SONYMA loans are financed through the sale of tax exempt bonds.
Low Interest Rate ProgramSONYMA's standard mortgage program for a first-time homebuyer* purchasing a newly constructed or existing home.
Call SONYMA Information Hub: 1-800-382-HOME (4663) for more information or visit the SONYMA website
Yes, you can ONLY pay your parking ticket at www.paycourtonline.com
Property information (e.g. owner, tax map number, zoning, and taxes due) may be viewed through the Town of Southampton Property Tax Payment Portal.
You will be prompted for an account username and password, which you can create for free by clicking on the “First Time Users” link at the bottom of the page.
You can not only FOIL the info but also access property information via the Town’s ePortal which is a subscription based service that allows subscribers to access data about properties within the Town of Southampton on-demand interactively.
Download the Residential Zoning Overview Booklet.
This document presents an overview of some of the Residential Zoning Requirements for the Town of Southampton including non-conforming lots, setbacks, lot coverage and disturbance limitations. It is not meant to answer all questions and may not apply to all building lots
The Southampton Town Code can be viewed on our website.
A checklist with all the requirements is available on-line on our website.
Yes, we require permits for all structures that are over 50 square feet.
A building permit is required for fences over 4 feet in height. However, if your property is located on the Wetlands inventory list, you must request Conservation approval for any size fence. Fences over 6 feet in height are not permitted.
Your fence can be up to the property line, as long as it is still on your own property. Six foot fences are not permitted in required front yards.
Yes, as long as it is your fence and the good side of the fence is facing your neighbor. You cannot use your driveway gates as part of the pool enclosure.
Yes. All decks need building permits.
Look under Demolition Permits
Yes, the current owner of property is responsible for everything regarding that property.
You must fill out a new application form, and sign at the bottom, pay the fee, and submit it to the Building and Zoning Division. You can request inspections as soon as you renew.
You must visit the Building Division for an accurate fee for all permit and renewal fees.
In the Town Clerk’s office.
Complaints can be taken in by filling out a complaint form or sign onto Southampton Online Solutions
If a contractor is performing home improvement, the Town of Southampton requires a Home Improvement Contractor’s License. If a contractor is constructing a new home, the Town does not presently require a license, although their subcontractors must be licensed.
Home Improvement Conracters Application
Contractors with a Southampton License
Electricians and plumbers must be licensed by Suffolk County.
Plumbers are required to also have a Town of Southampton License.
You can look at files that have been closed by filling out a FOIL request (Freedom of Information Law) and submitting it to the Building Division. You will receive a phone call when the file is available for review. Copies of documents can be made for a fee. However, the Building and Zoning Division is not authorized to provide copies of building plans that have been stamped by a NYS Registered Design Professional with a copyright protection clause.
You will need to speak to a Building Inspector who can research your property and provide you with the information.
Yes, we will be continuing to do all requested site inspections. The Building Inspector will be wearing a mask and maintain social distance. For interior building inspections, the building should be empty of all occupants or all occupants moved to a section of the house that will not require inspection. One or two people may accompany the building inspector but they shall be masked and maintain social distance. The inspector may use his discretion and cancel the inspection if he feels the situation is unsafe.
Additional questions related to building and zoning can be emailed to email@example.com
Maylyn Zeesman Town of Southampton Department Of Land Management Licensing Review Board 116 Hampton Road Southampton, NY 11968 631-702-1826
The Licensing Review Board meets the second Wednesday of every month, and the deadline for new home improvement applications is the Thursday at 12 noon prior to the meeting .
Home Improvement Contractor License
New License Application Fee: $200Renewal Application Early Fee: $150 (on-time)Renewal Application Late Fee: $175 (late-more than 30 days)
Plumber contractor registration certificates do not require insurance.
A “Determination of Potential for Flooding” is required for all new residential dwellings and commercial buildings, including structures that are demolished /destroyed before being subsequently rebuilt. They are not required for renovations or additions to structures that have obtained a valid Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or that have a valid pre-existing Certificate of Occupancy. This determination must be obtained prior to applying for a building permit. The Engineering Division processes the application; however, the inspection of the property and subsequent evaluation of its flooding potential are carried out by the staff of the Highway Department. Applicants must complete the form “Request for Inspection by Highway Department – Stormwater And Driveway Access Determination.
”. Download a Stormwater And Driveway Access Determination. Please call the Engineering Division at (631) 702-1750 if you need assistance.
Residents can purchase them at the Town Clerk’s Office, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, and at 25 local stores. Large are 5 for $15.50, Small 5 for $8.50.
No, the Town of Southampton uses a pay-per-bag program for resident self-haulers only. Residents bring all household garbage in designated “green bags” and their recyclables to any one of the four town-operated recycling centers. The fees for garbage disposal are included in the price of the green garbage bags.
Open 7-days per week
Green Bags & Recyclables Only: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee Based Disposal: Scale Closes at 3:30 PM
Waste Management Fee Schedule
Yes, Southampton Town’s four transfer stations are closed on the following days:
Waste Management Holiday Schedule
Only household garbage should be placed in the green bags. All recyclables should be transported separately and placed in the appropriate location at the recycling center. Recyclables such as corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, cans, glass bottles and plastics #1 and #2 only are accepted at no cost to residents.
Loose leaves brought in by residential self haulers are free all year. Brush is accepted at a small fee, depending on vehicle type. However, there are two “amnesty” periods when there is no charge for residential self-haulers. For more information, call 631-283-5210.
If you have any questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Office Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 631-728-8585.http://www.southamptontownny.gov/parksrec
Go to the Town’s website, then to the Parks and Recreation Department link to download an application. Submit the completed application, with a copy of a valid car registration and proof of residency.
Mail-in applications may be submitted March 16 - June 1.Parks and Recreation Department6 Newtown RoadHampton Bays, NY 11946
To obtain a permit in person: Parks and Recreation Office Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. beginning May 2nd-September 5th. Town Hall beginning May - June, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Attended Town Beaches: Weekends only, May 23rd-June 28 then 7 days per week, June 29-Labor Day from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Town Beach Permits are for the taxpayer’s vehicles ONLY not for their visitors.
You may apply for a Shell Fish Permit at the:
Review additional shell fish information
Whenever possible complaints should be completed online. Complaints may also be made through the support staff either by telephone at 631-702-1700 or in person at Town Hall (Lower Level), 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968. Complaints and letters can also be mailed to the above address, however many letters do not provide us with all the information necessary to commence an investigation.
Complaints will be investigated even when they are made anonymously. We prefer to have contact information so that we can obtain additional information if needed. We maintain the complainant's name as confidential. The information is not released if a FOIL request is made.
If a house has a certificate of occupancy for a single family residence it can not be legally divided. Some homes do have certificates of occupancy that allow for two or three families to legally reside there. Town records must be researched to determine the legal status.
Some homes can legally have an accessory apartment. The house must be owner-occupied and meet other requirements, including the proper applications and approvals from Code Enforcement .
Boarding houses are also permitted for up to two boarders. The boarders must share common areas and kitchen with the main occupants. Bed and breakfasts must have the proper permits. The Building Department reviews application for the conversion. An annual permit is then administered through Public Safety.
Prior to January 2003, bedrooms were not permitted below grade level. With the code amendment, bedrooms may be permitted in basements and attics, but they must be able to meet certain criteria including ceiling height and egress (escape) windows. All conversions, including those from a legal, finished basement, require a building permit.
One unregistered vehicle may be legally stored on a residential property. It can be parked in a driveway. A junk vehicle is unregistered and rusted, wrecked, discarded, dismantled, inoperative, and not intended for use on public roadways. A car being reconditioned is not considered junk.
Any vehicle is permitted to undergo major overhaul, including body work, provided the work is performed inside a structure designed and approved for such purpose. Race cars are controlled by several various licensing membership groups. In order to participate at a track, the race / demolition derby car would have to be operative and there is a registration requirement imposed by the controlling association (New York State Stock Car Association, Dirt Motor Sports, etc.). This does not affect storage that complies with applicable zoning or licensing requirements.
Click here to Report a Complaint
Anyone can make a complaint. Noise complaints must be addressed while the violation is occurring. Complaints should be called in to the Southampton Town Police Department at 631-728-3400. Police officers can handle noise complaints. If the complaint is made while Code Enforcement is working, they may respond. In many instances the offending source of noise will be determined and the individual in charge will be asked to remedy the problem.
If remediation is not successful, the responding officer will need to take a written statement from the person complaining. A decision by the New York State Supreme Court has ruled that three separate households must be disturbed by the noise. Before a summons can be issued, there must be at least three people from different households willing to sign affidavits. Most cases do not go to trial, but if a trial is requested the complainants must be willing to testify at the time of the trial.
All improved properties shall be maintained to prevent blight and to prevent hazards to the public health, safety and welfare. There is a wide range of standard including: Surface and sub-surface water shall be appropriately drained. Pools can not be drained onto neighbor's properties or onto roadways. Paved areas have to be maintained to afford safe passage for pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic under normal usage.
Landscaping has to be maintained to prevent it from being overgrown or unsafe. Premises shall be maintained free from weeds in excess of 10 inches. All garbage and debris shall be kept inside or in an acceptable enclosed container, and shall be regularly removed form the site. Yards and buildings should be free of hazards. Open wells, cesspools, refrigerators with the doors on them, and buildings should be reported to Public Safety.
Yes, as long as the vehicle is not greater than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight or greater than 25 feet in length. Click here to Report a Complaint.
Yes, a boat can be stored at a home as long as it is not stored in the required front or side yard for the zoning district. A boat can be stored in front of a house as long as it meets the set back requirement for that zone.
No, portable basketball hoops have to be on the owner's property. Click here to Report a Complaint
The property maintenance code requires that a fence be kept in good condition. Call Code Enforcement and they will investigate. Click here to Report a Complaint
Contact Code Enforcement and they will investigate your concern. However, a cracked window is not always a violation of the property and maintenance code. Broken out windows or windows that are not weather tight may, in fact, be a violation of the code. Click here to Report a Complaint
Both above-ground and in-ground pools and spas require building permits. The general answer is that they all require some form of protection. For in-ground pools, the fencing includes self-closing and self-latching gates and an alarm. There are exceptions for above-ground pools and spas, including locking stairs and safety covers. Click here to Report a Complaint
Applications are available online. They can also be picked up at the Code Enforcement Department, Lower Level, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968.
Applications are available online. They can also be picked up at the Code Enforcement Department, Lower Level, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968.
Permit information is not available online. If you feel that a house is rented, Report an online complaint with Code Enforcement. The allegation will be investigated.
Code EnforcementPh: 631-702-1700Fx: 631-283-2694
A building permit should be clearly posted if permitted work is in progress. If a permit is not visible, a complaint can be filed to start the research process.
The complaint should be made to Public Safety. Consent must be granted by not only the property owner, but also by the occupants. If consent to enter is not granted, surveillance is necessary. Having accurate information allows us to know when the best time to observe the violation exists. If surveillance is able to compile strong evidence, we may be able to get a search warrant.
Town Code allows for one more registered vehicle than the number of legal bedrooms. If the number of vehicles exceeds the information in the Building Department or on the Assessor's records, a summons can be issued for excessive vehicles.
The Town Conservation Division of Land Management should be notified at 631-287-5710. Their research will be forwarded to Code Enforcement for followup.
Feral cats are the offspring of domestic cats that have not been socialized. Animal Control does not pick up feral cats and the shelter does not accept them. The Southampton Animal Shelter offers support to residents of the Town through their AdvoCat Program which includes trapping, spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations and releasing . For more information, contact the Animal Shelter at 631-728-7387.
The Animal Shelter is open 7-days-a-week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, it is closed on the following holidays:
The shelter has many dogs and cats that are available for adoption. They occasionally get other animals like rabbits, hamsters, birds and reptiles. All of the shelter’s available animals can be viewed on the shelter website.
The shelter does have a veterinary clinic on site. They offer low-cost spaying/neutering, vaccinations, wellness exams, dental cleanings and microchipping.. You can contact the clinic at 631-728-7387, ext. 226 for more information.
If you desire a full search, you can download a Violation Search Form. If you are looking for a specific complaint and have the necessary information, you can file a F.O.I.L. Request Form. For additional information, please call the Fire Marshal Office at 631-702-2919
For customers traveling within Zone 14, the fare is $3.25 one-way for any travel between Speonk and Montauk, and includes the train ride and local ‘last-mile’ shuttle services, which are now free. One-Way and Round-Trip tickets are valid for 60 days and can be purchased from Daily Ticket Machines as well as Full-Service Ticket Machines. Full Service Ticket Machines sell all ticket types, including weekly (valid Saturday through Friday) and monthly tickets. All ticket types can be purchased via the MTA’s mobile ticketing application, MTA eTix.
Speonk Customers: To take advantage of the $3.25 South Fork Commuter Connection fare, purchase a special ‘South Fork Commuter Connection’ ticket from a Full-Service Ticket Machine at the following stations:
The ticket can be found under the Deals & Getaways menu on the main screen; select Long Island Getaways followed by South Fork Commuter Connection. You will be asked to choose your departing station only. Since SFCC tickets are valid for travel between Bellport and Montauk, the Ticket Machine will default to Montauk as the destination station. LIRR weekly and monthly passes to/from Speonk to points east may not save you money.
Please see the separate FAQ for information on discounts for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.
The ticket you purchase for travel between Speonk and Montauk is valid on any LIRR trip; however, connecting shuttle bus services are only available on the SFCC designated trips.
Yes. While the shuttle buses operate to meet connecting trains (please check posted SFCC schedules), you do not need to present a voucher or LIRR ticket to use the shuttle.
All South Fork Commuter Connection trains are considered Off-Peak, and bicycles may be brought on board, in accordance with LIRR bike policies:
Bicycle Policy Information
LIRR Bicycle Permit
Employers and employees all over the South Fork have varying work schedules and work out of a variety of locations. We encourage employers and employees to be open to variations in work schedules, in order to take advantage of the SFCC service, as well as other train schedules which may fit your needs. The Towns can help provide guidance on how to arrange ‘flex hour’ schedules for employees and discuss options on employer involved local job site transportation ideas.
Service disruptions could possibly occur under extreme weather situations such as severe snowstorms or other major events. The LIRR and the Towns will be proactive in providing advance notice of any expected changes in service through local media as well as electronic/social media.
The LIRR and the Towns will provide notice of any service changes via our websites and social media. We encourage anyone who uses, or may use, these services to sign up for information updates via these outlets: Sign up for NOTIFY ME SFCC - News and notification on the Town of Southampton website; and/or the Southampton Town Facebook page. It is also recommended that anyone using the LIRR sign up for train service alerts at: www.mymtaalerts.com
The MTA/LIRR Reduced-Fare program for senior citizens, Medicare recipients, and people with disabilities applies to all SFCC train trips.
Acceptable forms of documentation to qualify to use Reduced-Fare tickets under MTA/LIRR policy appear below:
Senior citizens (65 years of age or older): Government/state-issued driver’s license or non-driver ID; Government/state-issued passport; NYC Department of Aging ID Card; MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard; MTA Reduced-Fare Easy Pay Card; and, if accompanied by another form of identification that contains a photo of the customer, a Medicare Card issued by the Social Security Administration or a birth certificate.
People with Disabilities: Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) Card; MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard; MTA Reduced-Fare Easy Pay Card; Access-a-Ride Card; Able-Ride Card; Para-transit Card. Applications for the MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard are processed by NYC Transit (call 511 or visit mta.info/nyct).
Medicare Recipients (under age 65): MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard; MTA Reduced-Fare Easy Pay Card; Medicare Card issued by the Social Security Administration (if accompanied by another form of identification that contains a photo of the customer).
Customers with disabilities who require the use of paratransit/SCAT services for connecting shuttle services should review the following FAQ, which addresses this process.
The South Fork Commuter Connection (SFCC) is a coordinated, intermodal transportation service in which transit users ride the Long Island Rail Road and then transfer to a Town-provided shuttle bus.
This service is designed to bring workers from one of three LIRR stations west of the Shinnecock Canal to one of the LIRR stations east of the canal on weekday mornings. Town-provided shuttles will take these train riders to local places of employment in the morning; and the process is reversed in the afternoon, bringing trains users back to the stations via shuttle buses to board one of two westbound return trips.
The Long Island Rail Road operates the train portion of the service. The Towns of East Hampton and Southampton will operate the connecting shuttle bus service which links to the train stations in their Town. These shuttles are for use by those who purchase a train ticket, ride the train and retain an LIRR ticket stub as a voucher for using the bus shuttle.
Those who utilize the train portion of this intermodal service, but cannot utilize the shuttle bus portion due to a disability or impairment-related condition, are eligible to receive paratransit services in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Suffolk County Transit, which operates public bus service throughout the County and is the designated transit agency for Suffolk County, can provide paratransit service through its existing Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) program.
SFCC related paratransit service between the train stations and the local employment centers would be for train arrivals and departures linked to the local shuttle bus services available at the stations east of the Shinnecock Canal. The user’s trip would originate at the train station in conjunction with the morning eastbound train arrivals; and the user’s return destination would be the train station, in conjunction with an afternoon westbound departing train. (Paratransit services not related to the South Fork Commuter Connection intermodal service are also available through the Suffolk County Transit SCAT program.)
Eligibility for paratransit must be established prior to use, so enrollment in the SCAT program or comparable ADA paratransit service is required before service may be requested through the Suffolk County Accessible Transportation service system. Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) ID cards are required for Suffolk County residents to utilize this paratransit service. Please see the link below for complete information on the SCAT application and reservations process.
Any individual who does not qualify for SCAT services, but is planning to use the SFCC train and bus service and is in need of a wheelchair lift equipped vehicle to get from or to the train station, should contact Hampton Hopper @ 631-259-7076 no later than 2PM the day before they plan to travel.
The days and times of service are compatible with the limited SFCC shuttle service schedule:
Monday through Friday, approximately 6:30AM-10:00AM and 2:30PM-5:30PM. There is no service on major holidays and Fridays in the summer.
Payment for paratransit rides. A rider who purchased an LIRR Reduced-Fare ticket should pay the SCAT driver $4, which is the normal SCAT service fare and payment process.
A variety of permits may be required for your special event:
Download a special event permit or additional information or contact:
Town Clerk’s Office (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.). 116 Hampton Road Southampton, NY 11968 Ph: 631-287-5740
You may apply at either Town Clerk locations for a Long Term Parking Permit:
A couple who intends to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license at the Town Clerk’s Office. Sundy A. Schermeyer, Southampton Town Clerk (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 116 Hampton Road Southampton NY Phone: 631-287-5740
Check out additional marriage license information or contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 631-287-5740.
Southampton Town Police110 Old Riverhead RoadHampton Bays, NY 11946
The Bay Constable can be reached at 631-702-2268.
Click here to make an online Bay Constable Complaint
Domestic ViolenceVictims Advocates provide crisis intervention counseling, help petition fororders of protection, and accompany victims to court. Advocates act as liaisonsbetween the victim and the criminal justice system and help individualsunderstand basic legal proceedings. Referrals are made to appropriate agenciesfor additional needs. The Town’s Domestic Violence Advocates are located in thecourt offices on Jackson Avenue in Hampton Bays.
Ph: 631-702-2999ext.1 to speak to a Domestic Violence Advocacy
All Town Hall offices are closed to the public. We are accepting 4 X 4, Boat Ramp and Lake Agawam Seasonal permit Applications via the Trustees online ePermitting Portal at https://epermits.southamptontownny.gov/ If you wish to mail in your permit Application please allow 10 - 14 days to process your Application. There is also a red “drop box” located at the front entrance to Town Hall.
Please e-mail a copy of your completed Application http://www.southamptontownny.gov/489/Forms-Applications, driver’s license and proof of residency to the Trustees’ General Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please e-mail your questions to the Trustees’ General Email at email@example.com
Yes, there is a grace period in place until June 15, 2020 for all permits.
Pursuant to Public Officers Law Article 6, section 89(3)(a) and the circumstances prompted by the State of Emergency declaration that was put in place by New York State related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town will respond to your request when the imposed operating restrictions are lifted.
You may file a Complaint or report a Code Violation via the Town’s SOS Online Complaint System at https://gis.southamptontownny.gov/SOS/
Southampton Board of Trustees, 116 Hampton Road Southampton NY 11968Ph: 631-287-5717 Fx: 631-287-5723
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Permits are needed all year long, January through December.
Southampton Board of Trustees 116 Hampton Road Southampton NY 11968 Ph: 631-287-5717 Fx: 631-287-5723
The resident must provide a tax bill in their name, or their valid NYS Drivers’ License with a Southampton Town street address, or three utility bills in the their name (one from a year ago, one for a winter month, and one from the present, per the Town Code.)
Proof of residency and a valid vehicle registration; names must match. Download 4×4 ramp permit application. Southampton Board of Trustees 116 Hampton Road Southampton, NY 11968 Phone: 631-287-5717 Fax: 631-287-5723
Yes, the Trustees handle residential, non-resident and commercial shellfish permits. Download applications for Commercial, Residential, and Non-Residential Shellfish Applications.
Application, updated surveys, drawing to scale of the proposed project and photos of the site. Also, applicable application fees. Download an Instructions for Applications for Permits forNew Work, Reconstruction and Replacement of Existing Structures.
The Pump Out program runs from Memorial Day through October 15, or when funds run out. There are currently six boats that work out of Mill Creek, Cold Spring, Westhampton, North Sea, Hampton Bays and Sag Harbor. Recreational boaters in need of waste disposal need only to contact them on marine radio CH 73 and arrange a meeting place.
The Endangered Species Act is a federal law that prohibits a “take” of endangered or threatened species. The term “take” means to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct, and carries with it a civil penalty of $25,000.
The NYSDEC has regulations (6 NYCRR Part 182) that mirror the Endangered Species Act, including the definition of a “take.”
The Trustees’ Endangered Species Monitoring Program follows USFW Guidelines in order to protect these threatened or endangered species, which in turn protects the Trustees’ easement over the beach and all of the Town’s residents and freeholders from the liability of a “take.”
There were 3 nest locations, 2 inside the Picnic Area and 1 located 400m outside the Picnic Area. The beach is not closed to 4 x 4 access until 3-5 days before the nest hatches.
USFW and the DEC consider using fencing to control or direct the movement of the animals as actions that constitute a “take.”
A Shuttle will be run by the Village of Southampton from the Parking Lot to the beach. Negotiated with NYSDEC and USFWS a monitor is present at all times 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday only.
Oceanfront homeowners have the right to access the beach from their property. Pathways are laid out to direct homeowner beach access away from any nests in that specific area.
After the birds hatch, our program and monitors allow us to observe the birds’ behavior and movement in a specific location which then the 1000m may be reduced. 200m is the minimum and is only allowed with constant monitoring of the Brood.
There was one nest at Ponquogue that hatched in May.
No. That would be a “take.”
This year’s numbers can be compared to previous years once the endangered season is over. The number that the Trustees look for is the number of fledged chicks throughout the Town. The number of nests fluctuates greatly throughout the season from predation, storms, and other loss and re-nesting.
There have been nests at all of those locations in the past. Human activity may deter the birds from nesting in areas that are highly used, so nests at these locations are uncommon but they do happen. For example, there was a next at the Ponquogue Pavilion this year.
The Trustee are going to open additional access for the daytime drive-on area at Cold Spring by extending the day time driving area from 300 ft. to 2000 ft east of Cold Spring Rd. Permit holders who have both a Trustees and Village 4x4 permit will be able to use the Trustee’s Lake Agawam Parking Lot.
The Board of Trustees are elected by the community to oversee the beach and facilitate the U.S. Threatened and Endangered Species Program.
No, giving active nest locations may promote vandalism to the nests
The entire beach is not closed. The closure only applies to 4x4 driving in areas where there are chicks. The Trustees’ monitoring program allows us to monitor the movement of the chicks and their behavior so that we can leave areas certain open to 4x4 access and where possible reduce the 1000m buffer.
Cages can be used to protect nests from predators, but cannot be used to protect the chicks because they are highly mobile after hatching.
This is the first time there have been plover nests in the picnic area in at least 5 years.
The beach closure map is online and is updated daily.
Septic tank additives claiming to eliminate the need for pumping can compromise the functioning of septic systems.
Septic tanks contain all of the microbes needed to break down waste; the small amounts of bacteria and enzymes found in a single dose of septic tank additives have not been shown to significantly increase the efficiency of septic systems.
Disposing of harsh or toxic chemicals, or the use of antibacterial products, can kill the beneficial microbes in septic systems that degrade harmful substances in wastewater. Examples of chemicals which may harm a septic system include bleach, drain cleaners, disinfectants, paint thinners, pharmaceuticals, antibacterial soaps, and pesticides. These chemicals should be disposed of at transfer stations and, when they will be drained into a septic tank, used minimally.
Leaky faucets and other excessive household inputs will increase the frequency with which pumping is required. Draining large volumes of water into a septic tank (such as from a pool or hot tub) can stir up the sludge collected at the bottom of the tank, allowing it to escape potentially clog the drainfield.
Dental floss, diapers, feminine hygiene products, condoms and other non-biodegradable items should never be disposed of into a septic system as they may cause clog damage.
Groundwater runoff from driveways and patios as well as roof and drains and basement sumps should be diverted away from the septic tank's drainfield as flooding the drainfield slows down the treatment process.
Only grass should be planted over and near a septic system. Roots from larger plants may damage the septic tank or drainfield.
The area over a septic tank and its drainfield should not be paved or driven over. These activities can compact the soil causing slow drainage and reduced efficiency of the cleansing process. They may also cause damage to underlying pipes and other equipment.
Soil nutrient testing can be performed by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County to measure the amount of nutrients in the soil, and determine whether fertilizer is needed
Fertilizer is typically only needed on lawns if the density of grass is low and soil is visible. If the lawn density is high, no fertilizer is needed.
In Suffolk County, it is illegal to fertilize lawns between November 1st and April 1st. Fertilizing during that period can result in a fine of $1000.
Fertilizer should be added to lawns in the late spring and/or early fall. These times of the year are periods of high growth for the grass, the better time being early fall so the grass can best prepare for the winter.
During periods of high temperatures and low rainfall, usually during the summer, grass goes into a dormant state and slows growth and fertilizer should not be added to lawns during these conditions as it will not likely be used by the grass, and instead will be wash into groundwater.
Organic, slow release fertilizers release nitrogen slowly over time and because they are less likely to reach water ways should be used to decrease the chance of the nitrogen running off into the soil.
Fertilizers containing phosphorous should **only** be used when establishing a new lawn or if a soil test shows the phosphorous levels in the lawn are low. The amount of phosphorous is labeled on all fertilizer products
Applying grass seed to the lawn can also decrease the amount of fertilizer needed. Over seeding the lawn can help fight against fast growing weeds and can help keep the lawn dense. Species of grass that have a deeper green color can help give the lawn a desired green color without the use of fertilizer.
Nicotine in any form is highly addictive. Vaping, using nicotine-laced products, can become a tenacious and expensive habit, and kids might not stop there. There’s evidence that young people who vape are more likely to go on to use illicit drugs and tobacco products such as cigarettes.