ITHACA, N.Y.—Though the world has seemingly begun to reopen as vaccination rate increases and COVID-19 cases subside locally, Ithaca’s City Hall will keep its offices closed through the summer, the city announced on Monday. However, some offices have already begun to schedule appointments, which are allowed, for people to visit the building in-person to conduct certain business.

When inside City Hall for an appointment, masks will still be required. The city is still encouraging people to use online options when possible, since “many services do not require a trip to City Hall.”

When arriving at City Hall, members of the public should use the phone number on the front door to contact security so they can be allowed into the building. Street parking is available in front of City Hall, and the Seneca Street and Cayuga Street garages are both still open.

The following offices are available for appointments:

City Chamberlain’s Office

Appointments available Tuesday & Thursday from 9am- 3:15 pm
You can book your appointment online and find contact information on the City Chamberlain’s website here:
Appointments are currently being accepted for:    

  • Purchasing new parking permits    
  • Payment for scofflaw

City Clerk’s Office
Appointments available Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 10am- 3pm
You can book your appointment online here: Visit the City Clerk’s website for important information about required documents, and processes to complete online prior to your scheduled appointment.

Appointments are currently being accepted for:  

  • Marriage licenses    
  • Domestic partnerships    
  • Accessible parking permits    
  • Dog licenses    
  • Backyard chicken permits    

The City’s Building Division, Planning Division, Engineering Division, and Human Resources Department are accepting appointments upon request.

  • Building Division: (607) 274-6508    
  • Planning Division: (607) 274-6550    
  • Engineering Division: (607) 274-6530    
  • Human Resources: (607) 274-6539

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at