On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 9:44:06 PM UTC-5, cat const. wrote:
As far as I know, there aren't too many people in this ng that are
familiar with the assessment of private properties in the township
of Islip, NY.
Perhaps you can find the answer under the Driveways category in the
on-line version of your township's code:
BTW, it might not be just a "tax" question. Many towns limit the
percentage of a lot or front yard allowed to be nonvegetative material.
I'll bet that percentage is in the town code. Maybe it will be found in
§ 68-420.8 Driveways and Parking of your town's code. Just maybe...
It really depends on what the assessor's rules are. The size of a
driveway is not in our assessment (Florida), only the material.
It will just say "concrete driveway".
As for the permit, the main thing is for that part that you DON'T own.
In most places the first 10' or so still belongs to the county DOT
(the Right of Way) along with the road. You need a permit from them to
do anything there and it will be a DOT inspector who comes out, not
the building inspector.
I got around that in Maryland by angling my driveway expansion so the
ROW was not changed. I did the DOT there in Florida. Just be sure you
know what they want before you start. Call the "locate" people, even
if you don't think you are digging. There are usually utilities in the
On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:47:25 PM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
I would think that would be the case on Long Island. But if it does
get increased, it should be minimal. Houses there aren't cheap to
begin with. Adding the cost of a larger driveway shouldn't be that
much and you'd have the paid bill to argue what it cost, if necessary.
You have to check local rules. If you need a building permit to do it
then taxes might increase as it adds to your assessment.
I widened mine by 2 feet when I had it repaved a few years ago and
permit was not required, but, I live in DE and rules there may be
On Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 12:13:24 PM UTC-5, Frank wrote:
Just because something needs a permit doesn't mean it adds to your
For example, you may need a permit to rip-up and replace an old septic
system, but if the new system is merely a like-kind replacement of the
old, many municipalities will consider it "general maintenance".
A permit may be required so that the municipality feels confident that
the job is done right but it may not be considered an "improvement" in
terms of the value of the property for tax purposes.
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