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Submission of GML 239 Referrals

GML-239 referrals should be submitted to County Planning from the municipal board considering the proposed action.   We will accept materials from an applicant only at the specific direction of the municipality. Referrals should be sent electronically to

Submit a “Full Statement,” including:

  • A fully completed County Referral form. Please use the fillable PDF provided below.  There is a “Submit” button at the bottom of the form that will generate an automatic email to the address.
  • Completed Environmental Assessment Form, or EIS if applicable
  • Any and all other materials the reviewing board has on the action including, but not limited to, site plans, elevations and renderings, subdivision plans, local laws, project narrative, balancing test for granting variances, etc.
    • If you do not have digital copies of the documents, the applicant or the applicant’s consultant may be able to provide them.  PDFs are preferred to document scans.
    • If the digital files are too large to be transmitted in a single email, you may send them in multiple emails or use a cloud-based service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.
  • For projects in or near one of the County’s two agricultural districts, include a completed Agricultural Data Statement.   That form is also below.     

Stay in touch!

  • If you do not receive a confirmation within two business days, please follow up to make sure the submission was successful by sending an email without any attachments.    
  • Let us know if there are special considerations or questions you have related to the referral, including time constraints.

Consider an Exemption Agreement. In 2019 the Sullivan County legislature authorized intermunicipal agreements to exempt certain actions of strictly local concern from GML-239 review in order to streamline the development review process and enable more efficient and productive use of both County and municipal staff time.   The approved template is attached to consider if your municipality has not entered into such an exemption agreement.

Thank you for working with us to make the GML 239 review process as efficient and productive as possible.  Please let us know if there are particular concerns you’d like us to address or have suggestions for how we can improve.

Referenced Forms for Download:

Ag Data Statement

Ag District Map

GML 239 Referral Form

GML 239 Final Determination Notice

Exemption Agreement

Municipal Training Model Ordinance

According to New York State Law, members of municipal Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals must complete a minimum of four (4) hours of training on topics relevant to their respective roles as decision makers for their communities.  The Town/Village Board is responsible for setting the parameters of what is considered acceptable training to receive credit.

As a service to our municipalities, the Sullivan County Division of Planning, Community Development and Real Property has provided, on this website, a model ordinance for local officials to reference as they develop their own "Municipal Training Ordinance." To view an electronic copy of a model ordinance, click on the link below.

Model Training Ordinance

Municipal Resources

Our Municipal Resources Site is intended to provide easy access to information regarding the municipalities within Sullivan County, as well as local and regional agencies and organizations that may prove helpful in the successful development of Sullivan County.

Now Available - A Cost of Community Services Study for Sullivan County, New York


Town Resources


Schedule of Municipal Board Meetings


Sullivan County Resources

Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce

Sullivan County Visitors' Association

Sullivan County Cornell Cooperative Extension

Sullivan 180

Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA)


Regional Resources

Catskill Center for Conservation and Development

Catskill Watershed Corporation


New York State Resources

NYS Department of State Local Government Services

New York State Quality Communities Clearinghouse

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority


Federal Resources

U.S. Census Bureau (American FactFinder)