So, you’ve decided to renovate your cottage, possibly build an addition or a shed, add or change exterior steps and/or railings, etc. or maybe even demolish your existing cottage and rebuild.  This type of work and indeed, any renovations or repairs that will alter or change the outside appearance of your cottage in any way, requires a Preservation Permit before work can begin.


To many TI Park cottage owners, the Preservation Permit application process may seem akin to climbing Mt. Everest-- a daunting, difficult and taxing uphill climb.   But like a professional mountaineer, if you take a little time to familiarize yourself with the climb and prepare accordingly, attaining your goal of getting that permit is easier than you might think.


To help all cottage owners better understand the process, we offer the following step-by-step guide.


  • Step 1
    • • Obtain a Preservation Permit Application (available in the Document Library on our website at or at the TI Park Corp. Office).

    • • Once you have all the required information—i.e., photos, drawings, cost estimate—fill-out the application.

    • • If you opt to have your contractor or architect complete the application on your behalf, then you must sign and submit to the TI Park Corp. Office an “Owner Consent Form.”  These are also available online at or at the office.

    • • If you have any questions while completing the application, feel free to call or stop by the Office for assistance.

    • Step 2
      • • Take a photo of your cottage showing it from the street view.  Also photograph the section of your cottage you want to renovate or change.

      • • Prepare sketches or drawings of the proposed work.  The more complex your project, the more detailed your renderings should be.  For example, if you plan to build an addition or even a new cottage, architectural drawings are required.

      • • Do take advantage of and use the Checklist provided with the Application form.


    • Step 3
      • • Submit your completed application along with your photos, sketches or drawings and the appropriate application fee to the TI Park Corp. Office.

      • • Applications and accompanying photos, sketches and/or drawings can also be submitted electronically to

      • • The fee is based on the total estimated construction costs (including materials & labor) and is 1% of the total estimated cost.  The minimum fee charged is $10 and the maximum is $450.  If your planned project requires payment of the maximum $450 fee, you are entitled to four (4) consultation hours with the TI Park Preservation Board’s licensed architect.

      • • The deadline for submitting applications is one week before a scheduled Preservation Board meeting.  From May through September, the Preservation Board meets every two weeks.
    • Step 4
      • All applicants are encouraged to attend the Preservation Board meeting when their applications are scheduled for review.

      • • If you are planning a major renovation project, you and your architect or contractor should plan to attend the meeting.


    • Step 5  
      • • If your proposed project is relatively simple and more importantly, if your submitted application is clear and contains all the required information, the review and approval process will move forward effortlessly and you can expect to receive a Permit within 24-48 hours.

      • • If your project is large in scope and includes major alterations (i.e., an addition, rebuild, etc.) and again, if your submitted application is detailed and complete, following initial review, the Board will likely give Conceptual Approval to your plans.  Along with their conceptual approval, the Board will usually request you provide specific, additional information and will ask that you and/or your architect or contractor plan to attend the next scheduled meeting.


    • Obviously, the larger the project, the more time it will take before final approval is granted and a Permit can be issued.  And, any proposed new construction, addition, demolition, or relocation of any structure requires Neighbor Notification which generally takes 3-4 weeks.


    • Still, whether your project is large or small, the key to a successful and stress-free review process is the submission of a complete and detailed application.


    • The TI Park Corp. Office is here to help—if you have any questions about completing a Preservation Permit Application, please call us at 315.482.2576.

Email: Stephanie Johnston, General Manager
Email: Cathy DeGeorge, Office Manager
Email: Merissa Martin, Administrative Assistant
Corporation Office: 315.482.2576

42822 St. Lawrence Avenue Unit #1103
Thousand Island Park, NY 13692

Wellesley Hotel: 315.482.3698

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