Enforcement of Zoning and Other Local Laws

Course Overview

Municipalities have various regulations that are an extension of their police power that aren’t necessarily enforced by the police—zoning, property maintenance, and noise regulations, for example. This session reviews how these regulations are enforced, with discussion of the relationship between the enforcement officer and the review boards, the effect of an appeal of an enforcement action to the zoning board of appeals, and judicial enforcement of violations.

NOTE: Thank you for exploring the New York Department of State's multi-media options for land use and local government training. Before you begin viewing the training videos, we recommend you print a hard copy of the presentations to follow along and take notes as the video plays. The link for the printable copy of each presentation is located below. Our videos are viewable on YouTube. If you have any questions on the subject matter, please email us or call the Division of Local Government Services at (518) 473-3355. Certificates are not available for these courses.

Course Length

This course is 1 ½ hours in length.

The public interest requires that municipal officers be of good moral character and integrity.  Municipal officers should be protected from unwarranted assault on their integrity.  This presentation will help members of planning boards and zoning boards of appeals determine if a conflict of interest exists in certain municipal transactions.  Discussion topics will include Article 18 of the General Municipal Law and its disclosure requirements, common law conflicts and the legal repercussions that follow.

Printable Presentation:  Ethical Standards for Planning and Zoning Boards