Town of Bethel
Sullivan County, New York

Building Department

3454 Route 55
P.O. Box 300
White Lake, NY 12786

Phone:  (845) 583-4350 ext. 105
Fax:  (845) 583-4710
Hours:  8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Bette Jean Gettel, Enforcement Officer
Gregg Semenetz, Building Inspector

     The Building Inspector issues building permits for any construction which is structural in nature in the Town of Bethel.  Examples would be decks, pools, screen porches, sheds, additions, alterations, re-roofing, generators, new homes, septic and wells, etc.  Always check to see if a permit is required before performing any work.  Licenses electricians are required in Sullivan County.  Forms for the Building Department are available on the Forms Page.

Construction without a necessary permit is a violation on your property.  Fees are based upon cost of construction and type of permit. 

     Upon receipt of a building permit, during the building process, inspections are required, and a final inspection is necessary by the Building Inspector, before a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued.  Some structures were built prior to the requirement of Certificates of Occupancy and are handled case by case. 

Use of any structure without a Certificate of Occupancy constitutes a violation on your property.  If you try to sell your property, or re-finance, the bank or financial institution will require that you provide them with a copy of your Certificate of Occupancy. 

Proclamation for Building Safety Month

Planning Board

The Planning Board meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.  This is an eight member volunteer board.  The Planning Board makes decisions on subdivision and special use permit applications.  Meetings are held at the Dr. Duggan Community Center, 3460 Route 55, White Lake, NY 12786.

Agendas & Minutes
Planning Board Application
Member Listing

Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m.  This is a seven member volunteer board. The Zoning Board makes decision on variance applications.  Meetings are held at the Dr. Duggan Community Center, 3460 Route 55, White Lake, NY 12786.

Agendas & Minutes
Zoning Board Application
Member Listing



Congratulations Town of Bethel Code Enforcement Officer B.J. Gettel on her award as New York State 2012 Code Official of the year. Mrs. Gettel was given the award at the 84th Annual NYS Building Officials Conference (NYSBOC). Mrs. Gettel is the first women to receive the award in NYS and is also the first women to sit on the NYSBOC Board of Directors.

NYSBOC is a membership association comprised of 2500 Code Enforcement and Fire Officials throughout the State of New York. As First Preventers we are dedicated to promoting public safety through the enforcement of building and fire codes in new and existing structures.

The purpose of our existence, aside from the camaraderie we enjoy, is to expand our knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the building official through mutual exchange of experiences in the field of inspection and construction, in housing and public safety; to properly interpret and enforce the various building codes and ordinances, to make recommendations, based on experience, to the States Building Codes Commission. We have established and are continually improving our relationship with local fire, health and welfare departments, recognizing that the overall welfare of our citizenry is served best by our cooperation with one another.

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