FAQs

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The School Tax Relief (STAR) program provides eligible homeowners in New York State with some relief on their property taxes. If your income is less than $500,000 you may be entitled to this benefit on your primary residence.  For more information on this program go to www.tax.ny.gov/star

Partial Tax Exemption for Real Property of Senior CitizensIf you are at least 65 years of age and your total income (including spouse or co-owner) is $28,499.99 or less, you may qualify for this exemption. This exemption MUST be filed annually.  For those already receiving this discount, renewal applications will be mailed by the beginning of January each year. Renewal applications MUST be filed annually no later than March 1st.

Disability and Limited Income ExemptionIf you are currently receiving Social Security Disability and your annual income (including spouse or co-owner) is less than $25,900 you may qualify for this exemption.  Applicants must have a Social Security Disability award letter and proof of income.  Renewal applications MUST be filed annually no later than March 1st.

Veteran’s Exemptions:  Available to qualifying Veterans and un-remarried widows of qualifying Veterans.  Applications are available at the Assessor’s office or via email by request. You must provide a copy of your DD-214 along with your application.

 

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Please visit the Assessor’s Department webpage for information regarding contesting your assessment. https://www.townoflewiston.us/assessors-office

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Fences can go on the property line; the "good side" of the fence must face out 

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No, and most residents find it cost prohibitive to attempt the changes necessary to make them meet the Code 

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  • Bring the official survey for your property
  • Know the name of you contractor; their insurance should be up to date with all three forms on file in the Building Inspector's office
  • Construction plans; sewer and water applications when applicable

 

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  • Replacing siding
  • Driveways
  • A roof repair requiring less than a square of shingles
  • Flagpoles under 20 feet
  • Playground equipment

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Any permits applied for today will require a structure to be no closer than 15 feet to your property line.  However, if your lot width is less than 100 feet, the distance between your property line and any new structure cannot be less than 15% of your lot width. If building an accessory structure, and you are more than 100 feet back, you can be 5 feet from the property line.

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The Town requires a minimum size "D" drawing (24x36) to accompany submitted permits

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If the emergency happens during business hours, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday, call (716) 754-8213 ext. 235 or 236. After business hours call (716) 754-8291 which is the 24 hour emergency number, available 7 days a week.

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Call the Town Hall (716) 754-8213 with the pole number and an address nearest the pole.

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Town ordinance requires an inspection before selling a home.  Please notify the Water Office (716) 754-8213 ext. 235 or 236 when moving or selling so a final reading can take place.

 

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911 for an emergency
438-3393 for non emergency
754-8477 LPD Office 

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4059 Creek Road, which is the one story building closest to the road, on the Lewiston Porter School Campus

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You can call and have us respond to your residence, place of incident or any other place in the Town/Village of Lewiston. You can also come and file a report right at our office

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1) To receive an already file report you can call or stop in the LPD office to pick up or have mailed. 
2) There is a $10 fee for police reports
3) Routine police reports are ready within three days. More in depth cases may take longer.

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Water bills are sent every 3 months. February, May, August and November.

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Water bills are due penalty free by the 21st of the billing month.  

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The bill will be accepted penalty free on the next business day.  

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 Please call the Water Department at (716) 754-8213 ext. 235 or 236 to find out the balance owed.

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Water bills are paid at the Town Hall in person or by mail to : 
Town of Lewiston Water Department
P.O. Box 109
Model City, NY 14107

Bills can be paid by cash, check or money order. No credit or debit cards are accepted. 

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Call the water department with your winter address, as bills cannot be forwarded.