Code Enforcement

Building permits are required for demolition of buildings, renovations, structural changes on your home or buildings, roof replacement, pools, and buildings over 144 sq. ft, and septic systems.


Building and use permits are still required for any construction to enlarge, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of any building or structure as well as changing or installing any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system.


Building Permit applications can be viewed and downloaded from the Town website.  It is the responsibility of the homeowner to fill out the building permit and call the Code Enforcement Officer Glen Besaw, at 315-323-0761 with any and all questions pertaining to a building permit before it is turned in to the Town Clerk office with payment.


The New York State Department of State will be adopting a new code enforcement book for the year 2020.  There may be some significant changes to building regulations.  If residents or contractors have any questions’ they need to call Glen Besaw, Town of Fowler Code Enforcement Officer at 315-323-0761. Glen will make every effort to get any requested information as quickly as possible, which will prevent the possibility of any work stoppage or delay.


There were changes to the Building Code effective October 2017. If you have any questions about code regulations or concerns about unsafe or unsanitary conditions within the Town, please call Glen Besaw (Code Enforcement Officer) at (315)323-0761.

Town of Fowler, NY - On the Oswegatchie River

Town of Fowler

Emergency Contacts

Town Clerk

315-287-0045 / 315-287-1408 / 315-244-1421

Supervisor Newvine

315-287-4098  / 315-771-2194

Councilperson Simmons

315-287-4753  / 315-854-5517

Councilperson Andrews

315-287-0587  / 315-771-6623

Councilperson Bishop


Highway Superintendent

Randy Durham 315 222-6797

Minutes & Announcements

Planning Board Member Needed

The Town of Fowler Planning Board is looking for a new board member.


Any Town of Fowler resident that is interested, please send a letter of interest to:

Town of Fowler Planning Board
87 Little York Rd
Gouverneur, NY 13642


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