Fire Department / Code Enforcement

Cortland Fire Department

Main Station: 21 Court St., Cortland

Headquarters: 756-5612
Fire Station 2: 753-7440
Fax: 758-8385

To report an emergency, Dial 911 or 756-5611

Fire Chief Office - 756-5613
Administrative calls - 756-5612
Code Enforcement - 753-1741
Plumbing Inspector - 753-1741


City of Cortland Fire Department web site


Cortland Fire HouseAdministration - 756-5612

Chief of Department: Charles S. Glover
Deputy Chief: Wayne Friedman
Deputy Chief: William Knickerbocker
Volunteer Deputy Chief: Bill Buttino
Volunteer First Assistant Chief: Rich Allen Sr.
Volunteer Second Assistant Chief: Charlie Sherman
Fire Department Administrative Assistant: Heidi Brown

Training Division - 758-8380
Municipal Training Officer: Captain Duane Pierce

Fire Prevention Division - 758-8388 Ext. 26
Captain Dave Jensen


Code Enforcement Division

Code Enforcement Division - 753-1741

General Inquiries: Administrative Aide Kim Reitano, (607) 753-1741

Director of Code Enforcement/Plumbing Inspector: Deputy Chief William Knickerbocker

Report a Code Violation: Call 753-1741 or submit Residential Complaint or Code Violation Form. See Rental Housing Law (updated) and Rental Housing Information Packet.


Also see Zoning for fence permits, historic district guidelines, special use variance, etc.

May is Building Safety Month

May is Building Safety Month

In an effort to encourage the maintenance of buildings and City wide residential housing rehabilitation, the Cortland City Council has suspended building permit fees until December 31, 2016 which includes repair work, alteration, or renovation with a maximum construction value of $20,000 dollars or less associated with owner occupied residential dwellings.

Building Permit ApprovedBuilding permits are still required. Work plans are still subject to Zoning, and review for Building Code compliance. Given the application's thoroughness, a permit of this type can normally be issued within 3-5 days.

Applications can be obtained online or at the Code Enforcement office at 25 Court Street. Call the office for assistance at 753-1741.

In addition to this financial incentive, some residential properties may be eligible for other assistance through a Community Development program.

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Can the City of Cortland Find You Quickly in an Emergency?

House Numbers

Emergency 911 Address & House Number

The following guidelines will assist you in correctly posting an emergency 911 address number. If you have a question in reference to posting your house number, call the Fire Station at 758-8380, or Code Enforcement at 753-1741.

1. The number shall be displayed in a location visible from the road on which the number is assigned, such as a mailbox easily identifiable from the street.

2. The number should be placed on the house or dwelling unit in an area immediately adjacent to the front door. Numbers must be readily visible from the street and the view of the numbers should not be blocked by trees or shrubs.

3. Numbers may be placed on a sign or post at the entrance to a right-of-way or shared driveway. If the sign serves multiple buildings, the address to each house or unit served by that right-of-way or shared driveway shall be affixed. If the house or unit is not visible from the point at which the individual driveway breaks from the right-of-way or shared driveway, the address number must also be posted on the house or dwelling or unit.

4. Numbers should be at least 4 inches high.

5. Numbers should be plain block numerals, not script or written numbers.

6. Numbers shall be set on a background or contrasting color, preferably white or black. It is recommended that a retro reflective material be used.

7. Do not place number on utility poles, road signs, or anywhere within the road right-of-way (except mailboxes).

8. Temporary display of addresses for new structures shall be maintained during construction.

If you receive your mail at a Post Office Box you must still post the Emergency 911 Address on your property so that it can be located by emergency vehicles.


Vacant Building Placards

Any vacant or abandoned buildings or structures determined to be unsafe pursuant to Section 110 of this code relating to structural or interior hazards must be marked by placards on the front of the structure and on the side of each entrance. Placards are 24 inches square with a red background, and white reflective border and stripes. They bear the date of their application to the building and the date of the most recent inspection.

Vacant Building: Plain Red Vacant Building: Red with Slash Vacant Building: Red with X