Online Resources

NYS DOS On-line Training

Click here to access on-line training available on the NYSDOS  website. The courses are 1-2 hours each.  You may chose to complete a final quiz on each topic.  Print the quiz to provide documentation of course completion.  You will need to disable your browser's pop up blocker to access links in the training. 

Documents & Links

The information in this section can be used by elected officials, members of zoning board of appeals, planning boards, citizen planners, and citizens wishing to learn about local government procedures, planning concepts, and theories. 

The documents below are excerpts from the New York State Department of States Local Government Handbook and The James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. 

Agricultural Preservation and Related Topics

Census Data

Citizen Participation

Code Enforcement

Consumer Protection 

General Resources

Geographic Information Systems

Historic Preservation

Land Use Planning

Meetings & Hearings

Organizational Capacity Building 

Planning Board

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR)

Zoning Board of Appeals