While City Hall remains closed to the public, many City services are available online, by phone, or by email. Any City department can now be reached online through our Online Department Contact Form on our website. Information regarding specific services, by department with contact information, is below.  You can scroll through the page or click on the department in the list to jump to that particular section.

CITY CLERK
Best Contact Method: email
Alternate Contact: leave a message at (607) 432-6450

Vital Records:  We continue to respond to requests for certified copies of all vital records, including birth, death, and marriage certificates. Please contact us for assistance.  PLEASE NOTE: Per New York State Department of Health, marriage licenses are not considered to be an “essential service” and are therefore unavailable at this time.

Licensing (Dog Licenses, Trades Licenses, etc.):  We continue to process and issue licenses through the mail. Please submit your application, along with all required documentation.  Please note that certain trades licenses will have a longer wait or may be postponed due to the limited meetings being held by the appropriate regulatory boards (electrician, plumber, etc.) who review license applications.

FOIL Requests:  FOIL Requests are being managed electronically. We are continuing to accept requests through the mail or email.

Community Gardens:  Please mail your application and payment to the City Clerk’s Office. Once received and verified to be complete, a permit is issued by the Oneonta Community Gardens Steering Committee. A Community Gardens representative will work directly with you to assign a plot, answer questions, etc.

Permits:  We are accepting applications for event permits for public gatherings, including 5k walk/run events, and for pavilion use, park green space use, street closure, park/walkway areas and/or plaza/walkway areas. Permits can be issued through the mail and/or electronically as long as all of the appropriate documentation is included. NOTE: Permits will not be issued until social distancing measures have been lifted and public areas are once again accessible.

Accessible Parking Permits:  We are managing these requests by mail. Please contact us for more information. NOTE: We will include a postage-paid return envelope for the permit holder to return their expired permit.

Public Meeting Agendas / Minutes / Other Meeting Materials:  agendas and minutes can be found online.

CODE ENFORCEMENT
Best Contact Method: web contact form 
Call (607) 433-3435 or Email 

The office will be staffed daily Monday thru Friday 8 AM to 4 PM.

Building and Plumbing Permits:  The Governor has directed that all non-essential construction be stopped until further notice. The City of Oneonta will not be processing permits for non-essential construction until directed by the Governor. Permit applications may be found online and can be submitted via mail or email.

Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals: Applications for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals may be found online under applications. The finished application may be submitted via mail or email.

Tenant Complaints:  Currently interior inspections are not being performed however, tenant complaints may be filed in writing via mail or by email.

Ordinance Inspections:  All property maintenance ordinances are being enforced as normal. If you have a concern about garbage or other unsafe or unsanitary conditions contact the office at (607) 433-3435 or by email.

Unsafe Buildings:  If you have a question or concern relating to a building you feel is unsafe please contact the office at (607) 433-3435 or by email.

Rental Inspections and Requirements:  The Code Enforcement Office is currently not conducting interior inspections, however Property Use Forms, Heating Inspection Forms, Electrical Inspection Certificates and Smoke Detector forms may still be submitted via mail or by email. These forms may be found at the Code Enforcement website.

PERSONNEL
Best Contact Method: email 
Alternate Contact: leave a message at (607) 432-0670

Civil Service Exams:  All Civil Service exams scheduled for April have been postponed. Information will be sent to candidates about the new exam date when it is established.

Applying for a Job Vacancy or Exam:  Please visit our website for vacancy and exam announcements, as well as a link to a fillable application on the Personnel website. All applications may be submitted via mail, and postmarks will be honored for filing deadlines.

Retirees:  Contact us for assistance or support with your health insurance or other benefit questions.

FINANCE
Best Contact Method: email 
Alternate Contact: leave message at (607) 432-0560

Water/Sewer Billing Payments:  Please be advised that the annual water billings have been postponed for thirty (30) days.  They will be mailed at the end of April.  The penalty-free collection period has also been extended from thirty (30) days to sixty (60) days making the due date June 30, 2020.  Payments received on July 1, 2020, and thereafter, will be subject to penalty. Payments can be made via mail.  If credit card is the preferred form of payment please send an email to the Finance Department with contact information for a return telephone call.  If you have a question regarding the billing, please email or call (607) 432-0560 and leave a message.

Tax Searches: All tax search requests should be done via mail including payment of $25.  The completed tax search will be returned by mail.  An email copy will be sent if requested.  (Requests can also be submitted via email.  Completed searches will be returned upon receipt of payment.)

Property Tax Payments:  All tax payments can be made by mail.  Payments will be processed based on the postmark and receipts will be returned by mail.  If a copy of a tax bill and/or receipt is needed, please go to taxlookup.net, click Otsego County, then click City of Oneonta, enter the necessary information to find the property.  This will allow viewing and/or printing of the bill/receipt details from 2011 through 2020.

Parking Tickets:  Payment for parking tickets can be done by mail or online.  Appeals for parking tickets can be done via the appeal form.

Water/Sewer Billing Payments:  Payments can be made via mail.  If credit card is the preferred form of payment please send an email with contact information for a return telephone call.  If you have a question regarding the billing, please email or call (607) 432-0560 and leave a message.

All Other Billings/Rent/Loan Payments: Payments can be made via mail.  If credit card is the preferred form of payment please send an email with contact information for a return telephone call.

Payments for Recreation Use Applications:  Currently the April park activities are canceled.  Applications for May and beyond can be submitted to PO Box 662 via mail with tentative dates, however, confirmation of the event will be on hold.

All Other Questions:  may be submitted via email or leave a message at (607) 432-0560

PURCHASING
Best Contact Method: email
Alternate Contact: leave message at (607) 432-0410

Invoices:  Invoices can be submitted via email or by mail.

Bids:  Submit via mail and/or courier to Jamie McNamara, Purchasing Agent, 258 Main Street, Oneonta, NY  13820

Surplus Sales:  Currently all surplus sales are on hold

Payment Questions Regarding an Outstanding Invoice:  please submit questions by email.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Best Contact Method: web contact form
Alternate Contact: email Judy Pangman 

COVID-19 Small Business Resources:  Available resources for small businesses relative to COVID-19 are posted on supportotsego.com and supportoneonta.com

Grant Administration: Current City grant programs continue to be administered digitally to the extent possible.

New Funding Opportunities: As new funding opportunities become available, they will be posted on supportoneonta.com, and the City’s website and social media accounts.

PUBLIC WORKS & ENGINEERING
Best Contact Method: web contact form
Alternate Contact: email 

Urgent Matters:  For urgent matters, including malfunctioning traffic signals or problems with street signs, traffic accidents involving large animals, etc., contact the Oneonta Police Department Dispatch at (607) 432-1113.

Brush and Yard Waste:  The collection site on Silas Lane remains open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 3:00pm.  The regular ward-based brush pickup schedule will begin on April 13th. Please see our website for more information and a detailed schedule.  

Water Treatment Plant:  The Water Treatment Plant continues to operate on a normal schedule, with the exception of the Laboratory, which continues to accept bacteriological testing samples from community water systems only. Samples may be dropped off at the lab at 110 East Street, Monday through Wednesday from 8:00am – 11:30am. Please follow written directions posted on the lab door.

Wastewater Treatment Plant: The Wastewater Treatment Plan continues to operate on a normal schedule. However, please note that the plant is closed to private septic haulers until further notice. Residents are reminded that disposable wipes are not flushable – doing so may cause significant damage to the wastewater collection system and treatment plant equipment.

TRANSIT
Best Contact Method: email
Alternate Contact Method: (607) 432-7100

Information on OPT's current bus schedule and operations can be found by visiting the transit page here.