September 30, 2019 - In an effort to ensure that every housing unit in Westchester County is properly counted for the upcoming and future U.S. Census surveys, Westchester County’s Department of Planning will be hosting four Building Permits Survey Training sessions for building officials, clerks, municipal officials and planning and zoning board members. The workshops, which will be held in four different municipalities, were designed to make sure that all building permit data is reported correctly to the U.S. Census Bureau each month, and help municipalities better understand the use of that data.

Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Planning Norma Drummond said: “The Census Bureau asks municipalities to report each month on the building permits that they issue, and we all know that with the turnover within municipalities sometimes the staff lose sight of why they do things and what to do. This training will help municipal staff and board members better understand how to file their monthly building permit data, and how that data gets used at both the city and County level. Having a better count of all the housing units in Westchester will ultimately lead to a better count of our residents in 2020.”

The training sessions will be held as follows:

Tuesday, October 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Tarrytown

Village Hall Main Meeting Room, First Floor

1 Depot Plaza, Tarrytown

Tuesday, October 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in New Rochelle

City Hall Conference Room B1

515 North Avenue, New Rochelle

Thursday, October 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Port Chester

Port Chester Senior Community Center

222 Grace Church Street, Port Chester

Tuesday, October 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Mount Pleasant

Town Hall Court Room

1 Town Hall Plaza, Valhalla

This program is co-sponsored by Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, and attendance may be used toward New York State training requirements for planning and zoning board members. Please RSVP to Ted Leimbach, Associate Planner, at or 914-995-2412.