APA Info and Links


 Adirondack Park Agency

The APA is a New York State government agency, consisting of approximately 56 staff and an eleven-member board. In 1971 the APA was created by the State Legislature to develop long-range land use plans for both public and private lands within the Park.


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Maps & Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) uses GIS to understand and support the natural and cultural resources of the Park.


Addressing the Needs of Property Owners

The Adirondack Park Agency regulates development on private land in the Adirondack Park. Before you develop property, you may need a permit from the APA. For more information, please see the links below.


APA Research, Science and Planning Policy

With its mix of public and private lands, the Adirondack Park provides a rich landscape for the research of natural and cultural resources. Wetland StudyThroughout its more than a quarter-century of operation, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has built scientific, geographic, and planning databases to be able to serve the public more effectively and efficiently, to aid the decision-making process for other State agencies, local governments, organizations and landowners in the Park, and to encourage more research involvement within the Park by universities.



The Adirondack Park Agency on-line library provides documents pertaining to laws, regulations and standards, as well as guidelines, reports and helpful flyers.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Some common questions are provided below. Click on link at the bottom to find answers to these questions.

  •     How do I know if I need an APA permit?
  •     What does the Agency look for when reviewing a project?
  •     How is my land classified?
  •     What do I need to know before I buy or sell land?
  •     Why do wetlands require special protection?
  •     What is the APA’s jurisdiction in Villages and Hamlets?
  •     What is a watershed?
  •     Do shoreline restrictions apply to all projects?
  •     What can I do to protect the watershed?
  •     When are public hearings held?
  •     What are some of the regulated activities reviewed by government      agencies in the park?
  •     Are there any current job openings at the Adirondack Park Agency?
  •     Where do I find information on employment opportunities at the APA?
  •     What are the mission and vision of the Adirondack Park Agency?
  •     What is the Agency's regulatory role in relation to business?
  •     Does every industrial and commercial project require a permit from the Agency?
  •     What if I want to work out of my home?
  •     If a permit is required, what is involved?
  •     How does the Agency decide whether to grant a business related permit?
  •     How long does it take to get a permit?


News & Events 7/9/2017

Butterfield Lake water caution

A cottage owner has gotten quite sick - possibly from the lake water.  He has been hospitalized with respiratory problems since late last week.  Here is an update from him and a cautionary message in his own words:

From the cottage owner:

Update – Dr. was just in.  They are now convinced I have an unknown infection. 

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NYSFOLA News 6/23/2015

Thanks , Brad.

Thanks , Brad.Photos of New York State Federation of Lake Associations, Inc. (NYSFOLA)He got the Blue Heron Award...although I'm not sure he (the fish) really wanted it. — at The Crossings....

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