The Rensselaer County Clerk's OfficeRensselaer County Courthouse2nd Street and Congress StreetTroy, NY 12180
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Building permits are required for new construction, additions and any alterations to structures that may affect structural components, public safety, means of egress, electrical and mechanical systems and fire protection equipment. Permits are also required for wood and other solid fuel burning stoves, new siding, fences and accessory structures. New wood stove installations are also required to have a certificate of installation approval issued by the Bureau of Code Enforcement in your local city, town or village.
In addition, an informational brochure titled "Homeowner's Guide to Assessments and Permits for Home Improvements" is also available from the Buildings Bureau.
The City of Troy offers a Master Electrician test 3 times a year and a Plumber's Exam yearly. Class "B" Electrical Licenses are also available to those who are licensed in another county and wish to do work in Troy. Call the City Clerk at 518-270-4634 for forms.
Dogs must be cared for in a responsible manner, which does not interfere with the quality of life of residents in the surrounding neighborhood. All dogs must be licensed. A kennel license is required for more than six adult dogs per property. By law, when not confined to their own fenced yards, all dogs must be leashed at all times. Yards must be kept in sanitary condition, free of animal waste. Dog owners are responsible for preventing their dog from nuisance barking.
The owner of a dog is responsible for removing and cleaning any waste or excrement deposited on public or private property. All such waste is to be removed and placed in a plastic bag or metal container and discarded in the same manner as garbage and refuse are discarded. When walking a dog, the owner is required to carry an implement capable of picking up the dog's waste to discard it.
Please contact the Troy City Clerk's Office. They can be reached via phone at 518-270-4541 or in person at:
1 Monument SquareTroy, NY 12180
You and your fiancé must appear together in the Office of your City/Town Clerk. Typically no appointment is needed.
Both parties to the marriage must bring a driver's license, passport, birth certificate or other identification showing date of birth and identity.
If you were ever married before, you must bring in an original or certified copy of any divorce decrees, annulments or death certificates for all previous marriages - even those performed outside the U.S.
We will not keep these documents.
Both parties to a marriage must be 18 years of age. You may obtain a marriage license if you are 16 or 17 years old with the written consent of both parents of the minor and both parents must be present at the time of licensing.
Medical exams and blood testing is not required.
You can get a marriage license in any city or town clerk's office anywhere within New York State and you can use this license to get married anywhere within the state. However, after you are married, your marriage record will remain in the office where you obtained your license.
There is a 24-hour waiting period before you can use your marriage license although you will receive it on the spot. It will be date and time stamped. Your license does expire within 60 days, so you should never get a license more than 60 days before you intend on using it.
When there is an emergency, lives are in danger, serious injury, serious medical condition, crime in progress, or any other situation needing immediate attention.
If you wish to remain anonymous or keep information confidential, just tell the operator.
You must submit a written request for the report through the U.S. mail. The written request must contain:
Mail your request to your local police department, sheriff, or state police.
The ability of the police to locate and arrest criminals often depends on the thoroughness and accuracy of the report you submit. The following information checklist should be used for reporting both emergency and non-emergency crimes:
Graffiti on any public or private property is illegal. Graffiti is defined as any etching, painting, drawing, or other marking on public or private property. It is the responsibility of the property owner to remove graffiti from private property.
All buildings and structures must have street numbers. These numbers or letters must be clearly visible from the street. The City’s police and firefighters rely on the numbers for identification of buildings. Quicker recognition of your address by the police or firefighters will save valuable time, and may mean the difference between life and death.
For births in one of the 5 boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Kings, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island), visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website. Please note that the borough of Kings is sometimes referred to as Brooklyn and the borough of Staten Island is sometimes referred to as Richmond.
A birth certificate may be obtained from the local registrar of the city you were born in or from the New York State Department of Health. You may apply online at the NY State Department of Health website.
Application must be submitted with copies of either:
The fee is $10 per copy or $11 for genealogy copies. Payment is accepted in the form of a check or money order payable to the Registrar/City of Troy or cash.
If you come in person to City Hall, in most cases you will receive the certificate immediately.
Processing times are approximate and may vary with current workload volumes as well as circumstances beyond our control.
NYS Department of Health Vital Records Section operates the Adoption Information Registry. The Registry helps adoptees obtain available non-identifying information about their birth parents and enables the reunion of registered adoptees with their birth parents and biological siblings. Finally, the Registry provides a place for birth parents to file medical information updates which may be shared with registered adoptees. To request an application write to
Adoption Information RegistryNew York State Department of HealthP.O. Box 2602Albany, NY 12220-2602
Please be certain to include your name, mailing address and the type of application you need (adoptee, birth parent or biological sibling).
This office does have copies of most community zoning maps and laws in Rensselaer County. However, all of the territory in Rensselaer County is part of a municipality, and most of these have their own zoning ordinances.
We do not have any printed maps.
Rensselaer County does not, however, the City of Troy and Rensselaer may still have funding available. Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP) also train people looking forward to owning their own homes.
We recommend that you bring your drivers license or a picture ID, in case inspectors need to verify identification.
If your name is not in the pollbook, it may be because your registration form was not received or, for a primary, because you aren't enrolled in a party. If you believe that you are eligible, you can still vote. Ask for an affidavit ballot, which is a paper ballot. The Board of Elections will check its records and your vote will be counted if you are indeed eligible to vote.
Jurors are drawn from lists of state taxpayers and licensed drivers as well as from voter registration rolls. Do not give up your right to vote in the hope that you will avoid jury duty. Chances are, if you pay taxes or drive a car, you may still be called.
Yes. A voter with a disability may have the assistance of anyone of his or her choice, so long as the person providing the assistance is not the voter's employer or union agent. If the voter requests assistance from inspectors, one from each of the two parties represented there will help.
No. Once you register, you are registered to vote in that county. Name, address, or party enrollment changes, can be made by submitting a new registration form. If you move out of the county you must register in your new county.
A Primary election is an election at which only enrolled members of a party may vote. Primaries are held by the party to choose their candidates for the General Election.
Yes. Registered voters may apply for a change of enrollment by submitting a new registration form indicating the party enrollment change. The form must be received not later than the 25th day before the general election. The change becomes effective 7days after the general election.