Building Inspector


Erik Lindhurst
200 Niagara Street

Tonawanda, NY  14150

Office hours: 7:30am - 4:30pm Monday -Friday

Phone 716-695-1806

Fax  716-743-8870

E-Mail Building Inspector



The main objective of the building inspection department is to provide the residents of the City of Tonawanda with a reliable and professional building department. A wide variety of complaints, questions, issues and other relative City business is handled by this office daily. No two concerns are ever the same. Great pride is taken to see that concerns and complaints are handled as quickly and as accurately as possible. Our daily goal is to insure that all City ordinances that are handled by this office are enforced as fairly and efficiently as possible and all buildings are built as safely as possible. Building safety and code compliance are our main objective so as to prevent the loss of life and property and to insure against any claims against the city.   

The building inspection department is responsible for enforcement of The New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, The City of Tonawanda Zoning Ordinance and other local laws and ordinances.

This department is responsible for reviewing plans for code compliance and issuing building permits, sign permits and fence permits. Building permits are issued daily from 7:30am - 11:30am, building permits submitted after 11:30am will be processed the following business day.  After permits are issued in progress inspections are required.

Building permits are required for but not limited to:

Building Permit Application  .pdf File

Building Permit Fees 


All contractors performing work in the City of Tonawanda are required to file an application for and receive a City of Tonawanda Contractor’s License. A certificate of general liability and workman’s compensation insurance must be provided along with a filing fee of $100.00. Applications are available in the office or click here for contractor's application, requirements for license click here.  Click here for Contractor Ordinance Chapter 18 Article 6 Contractors.



The City of Tonawanda requires that any person or firm that installs electrical wiring or equipment for hire in the City of Tonawanda will be required to obtain a City of Tonawanda Electrician Certificate of Competency and a City of Tonawanda Electrical License. 

 Electrical Permits - Electrical Inspector: Jeff Leidolph - 716-908-9917 Monday-Friday 8AM-2PM

An electrical permit must be obtained from the City of Tonawanda before starting any electrical work. Electrical permits are issued daily from 7:30am - 11:30am, electrical permits submitted after 11:30am will be processed the following business day.  Permits are required for any extensions of the electrical systems and for any upgrade to service wires or equipment.  All electrical inspections are performed by the City of Tonawanda Electrical Inspector, Jeff Leidolph.  He can be contacted at 716-908-9917.

All plumbing work must be performed by a City of Tonawanda licensed plumber except that a home owner may perform plumbing work in his or her occupied dwelling. Plumbing Licenses may be obtain from the City Clerk's office.  Permits are required, Plumbing permits are issued daily from 7:30am - 11:30am, plumbing permits submitted after 11:30am will be processed the following business day. 

The City of Tonawanda requires that a Certificate of Storm Water Compliance be obtained before the transfer of property.  This certificate certifies that no storm water is being infiltrated into the sanitary sewer system.

Infiltration Survey Application Form  (.pdf file)

Code violations are investigated and prosecuted for local ordinances when required. Complaints may be filed by calling 716-695-1806. Your name and address will be required.