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Village Services and Information

The Village of Roslyn Harbor is an incorporated municipality with its own rules and regulations.  Located within the Village are two school districts, three fire districts, four postal districts, three water districts and one private water company.  We have roads maintained by the county, state, village and private residents.  Please feel free to contact the Village Clerk if you have questions about the districts/roads where your property is located.

Altering your Property

Permits are required for alterations to your property. Please call Village Hall to speak to or leave a message for the Village Building Inspector if you are considering any of the following:



  • Additions to or remodel of the interior of your home

  • Adding accessory structures (for example, a deck, pool, or fence) to your home.

  • Alterations to your land (widen your driveway, change the grade, remove a tree, etc.)


Sanitary Discharge

All parcels in the Village have on site sanitary discharge systems.  If your property has a cesspool system and it fails, it must be upgraded to a septic system that consists of both a septic tank and either a leaching pool or tile field.


Garbage/Recycling-  see Garbage recycling page

The Town of North Hempstead's Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMMA), located at 802 West Shore Road, Port Washington provides for disposal of hazardous waste several times a year through its Stop Throwing Out Pollutants Program (STOP). All Roslyn Harbor residents may use this facility. Town of Oyster Bay also has a STOP program whereby such pollutants can be thrown at various advertised locations.

Click on your Town below to view their STOP Program.


Street Light Repairs

The street light fixtures are owned by the Village.   The Village examines all lights at a minimum of once a month.  If you see a broken street light please call Village Hall at 621-0368 and give the pole number or the house address in front of or across from, the location of the broken street lamp.  

Gardening and Landscaping

Any contracted landscapers performing maintenance or design work on any property in the Village must have a Village landscape permit.  Failure to obtain this permit will result in a ticket from the Village Code Enforcer.

Landscaping functions may be performed by commercial landscapers and/or property owners between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and on Saturday between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM only.  Commercial landscaping is not permitted on Sunday.

All landscaping vehicles and trailers must park off the road without obstructing pedestrian access on sidewalks and shoulders.  They should park on private property wherever it is possible to do so. 

Compost piles are permitted on private property provided they are appropriately placed, do not emit offensive odors and do not act as a potential harborage for rodents.

Tree Removal

A tree having a trunk of at least 22 inches in circumference may not be removed, destroyed or substantially altered except by authorization of a member of the Board of Review (also known as the tree committee).   Applications for removal of trees with such a circumference, in any condition, are available at Village Hall.  The Village will respond immediately if an emergency circumstance arises such as a tree which is in imminent danger of collapse. 

Peace, Good Order and Nuisances

The Village would like to maintain a peaceful environment for our residents.  To avoid problems with your neighbors and/or the Village requires using good judgment.  The following are the most common nuisances:

Construction work that emits noise and disrupts peaceful respite is not permitted outside of the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Construction work is prohibited on weekends.

General pickup and deliveries are permitted within the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Every property owner is responsible for maintaining the road shoulder that abuts their property by removing litter, dead growth, obstructions or any kind of unattractive nuisance.

Emission of unreasonably loud noises is prohibited.

Unauthorized real estate signs, contractor signs and garage/tag sale signs are not permitted. 

Unauthorized signs placed on a public right of way will be removed.  Provisions can be made with Village Hall for placing simple For Sale signs, directional signs or garage/tag sale signs.  Please contact Village Hall with any questions.

Public Transportation and Commuter Parking

Roslyn Harbor has two bus lines and one train station (Greenvale station).  The N21 bus connects to the Port Washington train line and to the No.7 subway in Flushing.  You may park in the lot at Greenvale train station with a valid Village parking permit or by using the parking meters.  This lot is monitored 24 hours a day for compliance.

Animal Control

All dogs are required to be licensed and identified.  Procedures for licensing dogs are available from the Town in which you reside and not the Village.   A county police officer, village code official or township animal control officer may issue a citation for any matter where a dog is being a nuisance or is unrestrained.  However only an animal control officer from the respective township may impound and shelter a dog.    A dog that barks or howls continuously outdoors for more than 15 minutes may constitute a violation of the Noise Code.

Plastic bags with dog waste should not be tossed into storm water catch basins.   Please dispose of all bagged waste in your own garbage receptacle.

Storm Water Discharge

The village has initiated a comprehensive storm water management plan in accordance with New York State guidelines.  Although full implementation may take many years, current policies are summarized as follows:

  • Storm water from roofs and impervious surfaces from new construction and additions on your property must be discharged on the same site into an underground system. The most common method used is a dry well.

  • Village owned enclosed storm sewers and catch basins will be cleaned on a scheduled basis.  Nassau County maintains their basins and sumps.  Those areas served by open ditches and private roads are not maintained by the Village.

  • Sediment run off from private property onto public streets or into public storm drains is prohibited.  This type of run off can contribute to pollution of Hempstead Harbor and is a violation of Village, County and  State laws.



There are, for maintenance purposes, different classes of roads as follows:

Village Roads (maintained by the Village)
Beech Street
Church Street
Club Court Dogwood Avenue
Eden Way
Engineers Road
Fairway Court
Fairway Road
Harbor Court East
Harbor Court West
Harbor Lane
Lorraine Court
Mary Lane
Montrose Drive
Motts Cove Road North
Motts Cove Road South
Post Drive
Shaun Ridge
Spruce Street
Summit Avenue
Union Street   (an unimproved way)
Vine Street    (from Walnut to Scudders)

Private Roads  (maintained by private property owners)
Egil Court
Montrose Court
Murel Court
Sierks Lane

County Roads (maintained by Nassau County)
Back Road
Bryant Avenue
Cody Avenue
Glen Cove Avenue
Glenwood Road
Grove Street
Scudders Lane

State Road (maintained by New York State)
Glen Cove Road

The Town maintains the roads for Osborne Lane, Willow Place, Lloyd Street, West Street and Roosevelt Avenue. 


Sidewalks and Shoulders

A sidewalk is defined as that area between the property line and the curb line of an abutting road.  The improved or unimproved shoulder can be used by pedestrians.  It is the responsibility of the abutting property owner to maintain that area free of all litter and attractive nuisances and to keep the area unobstructed.

Snow Removal and De-icing

The Village stores its own de-icing material in bulk at a County Public Works Yard.  A private contractor is selected, by bid, for plowing and spreading de-icing material on Village Roads only.  The County, State and Township maintain their own roads. Private roads are maintained by the property owners.  

If you believe your property was damaged as a result of the plowing on a Village road, it should be reported immediately to Village Hall.  The Village will examine the circumstances and convey the information directly to the contractor for a resolution.

Swimming Pools

A swimming pool is any structure containing an artificial body of water for swimming or recreational bathing, having a depth of two feet or more at any point.  This includes above ground and in-ground pools, hot tubs and spas.  The New York State Code covers the basic life safety regulations and inspections that are performed by the Village.  The most common life safety issues that arise are the following:     

  • The perimeter of a pool must be screened with fencing a minimum of four feet in height.

  • All fencing must be sufficiently smooth faced on the outside to avoid a toehold.

  • Spacing at the bottom cannot exceed 2 inches.

  • Spacing between vertical members cannot exceed 4 inches in width. 

  • The maximum mesh size for a chain link fence is 1.25 inches. 

  • Property line fences and walls, including the walls of a residence, are allowed under certain circumstances provided they meet code.

  • An area containing a pool that is large enough to be used for other activities e.g.   Children’s recreation area does require an interior separation as a safety barrier.

  • All gates and doors that can lead to access of a pool must have self closing and self latching child proof devices.

 The Building Inspector may, under limited circumstances, allow for alternate devices that comply with the Code when implementing the above requirements are not possible.

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