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Click here for printable building permits, or you can stop by the Building Department Office in the Town Hall at 60 Main Street. You can contact us with any questions at 315-769-6803. Office hours are M - F, 8 AM to 4:30 PM (closed for lunch).
The cost of a building permit is dependent on the cost of the construction project.
When applying for a building permit please include a drawing of the lot showing the location of the renovation/construction. A list of materials being used, truss information(stating snow load if applicable). Contractor, and workers compensation insurance information.
The Zoning Boards job is to interpret unclear provisions in the zoning ordinance. It also makes decisions in cases where a landowners building permit application, or land usage, varies with what the zoning regulations allow.
A Building Permit is required for all new construction, enlargement, alterations, renovations, siding, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, systems, pools, fences, and demolition.
***DUE TO COVID-19, as of 6/1/2020, there will be no IN-PERSON Payments accepted for taxes.
**** Your personal check, an official bank check, or a money order can be mailed or deposited in the drop box in front of the Town Hall Building.
Mailing Address: 60 Main St. Rm 10C, Massena NY 13662
We do not accept third party checks.
We also do not accept post-dated checks.
Credit Card payments will be accepted over the phone by calling 315-769-7052 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. All credit card transactions will be subject to a 2.65% transaction fee.
Checks should be made payable to the “Village of Massena."
*DUE TO COVID-19, no in-person payments accepted.
Our office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday (except holidays).
(NOTE: This is the 2nd tax window, all the way down the hall if entering from Main Street. If using the elevator at the rear of the building, take the elevator to the 1st floor and upon exiting, proceed straight to the main hall and then turn left. The Village tax window will be the first tax window you come to on your left.)
Tax payments can also be deposited in the Village’s Drop Box in front of the Town Hall Building. Payments may be mailed to:
Village of Massena
Town Hall Building, Room 10-C
60 Main Street
Massena, NY 13662
A receipt will be mailed to you if you indicate that you want one on your payment stub.
Yes. Massena Village taxes may be paid in 2 installments. In order to avail yourself of this option, however, the first payment (1/2 of the total bill) must be made between June 1 and July 1, inclusive. The second payment is due by July 31st with 5% interest added for the month of July. If the second payment is not made by July 31, but between August 1 and August 31, the interest rate is 6%. And if the second payment is received between September 1 and September 30, the interest rate is 7%. All payments received in September are also subject to a $2 penalty in accordance with Real Property Tax Law Sect. 987 (fees for unpaid tax notices). IF THE FIRST PAYMENT IS NOT MADE BY JULY 1, THE 2 PAYMENT OPTION IS FORFEITED AND THE BILL MUST BE PAID IN ITS ENTIRETY SUBJECT TO ALL APPLICABLE INTEREST RATES.
Taxes paid between July 2 and July 31 inclusive incur a penalty of 5%. Taxes paid between August 1 and August 31 (inclusive) incur a penalty of 6%. Taxes paid between September 1 and September 30 incur a penalty of 7% plus a $2 fee for the mailing of an “Unpaid Tax Notice” required by Section 987 of the Real Property Tax Law.
Taxes become a lien on your property on June 1 whether you (or your escrow agency) receive your bill or not. Therefore, if you are expecting to receive a bill and do not, you should contact the Village Tax Office in the Town Hall at 315-769-7052, Press 3 immediately. If your bill is to be paid through an escrow account, you will receive a receipt when your payment has been received from the escrow agency. In that all of the escrow agencies try to pay their tax liabilities during the interest free period (by July 1), if you do not receive a receipt by mid-July you should contact your escrow agency or the Village Tax Office.
Unpaid Tax Notices are sent out at the end of August for any tax bills that have not been paid by then. This Notice is required by Sect. 987 of the Real Property Tax Law. A $2 fee for the mailing of this Notice is added to the total amount to be paid in September.
Please note: Properties that change ownership in March through May may not have the deed recorded soon enough in Canton to have the Village tax bill sent to the new owner or escrow agency at the proper address. Village tax bills are expected to be sent by the County to the printers in the week of May 12. If you buy property during April or May you should be aware of this fact and contact us immediately if you do not receive a bill so as to avoid any unnecessary interest payments. You may also want to contact your escrow agency to be sure that they have received the bill if it is supposed to go to them.