Local Government Training

Local Government Training For decades, the New York Department of State’s Local Government Training (LGt) staff have taught land use planning and regulation and local governance and procedure to thousands of local elected and appointed officials annually at regional and county workshops across the state.

Land Use Training Network Calendar »

The New York State Land Use Training Network is a partnership of providers of technical and procedural information about land use planning and regulation and other aspects of local governance to members of planning and zoning boards and other local government officials.

Publications and Technical Assistance »

The James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series includes a long list of titles from Adopting Local Laws in New York State  to Zoning and the Comprehensive Plan, and everything in between related to land use planning, regulation and other aspects of local governance.

When the staff is not training local officials on-site at regional conferences, they are available at (800) 367-8488 or (518) 473-3355 to assist members of planning boards, zoning boards of appeals, and local governing boards, as well as municipal staff and others, with technical information and explanations, tips, and examples of successful approaches to land use and other local regulation.

Annual Training Requirement »

Read more about the requirement that members of local planning boards and zoning boards of appeals and county planning boards receive a minimum of four hours of training annually.

Local Government Training Courses

On Site Course Listing (with full descriptions) »
Online Interactive Courses »
Online Videos »

For members of planning boards and zoning boards of appeals, elected officials, and the general public.
Courses are presented by DOS planners and attorneys at conferences and workshops across the state, hosted by regional and county planning agencies.

Course Listing Course Length Description Online Course CEO Credit CLE Credit
Adopting and Amending Zoning 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr. 1.5 hrs.
Aging in Place 1 hr. GO »
Case Law Update for Planning and Zoning 1 hr. GO » 1 hr. 1 hr.
Community Design Tools 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr. 1.5 hrs.
Comprehensive Planning 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr. 1 hr.
Downtown Revitalization 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr.
Enforcement of Zoning and Other Local Laws 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr. 1.5 hrs.
Ethical Standards for Planning and
Zoning Boards (Online Video Only)
1 hr. GO » Video
Farmland Protection and Agricultural Viability 2 hrs. GO » 2 hrs. 1.5 hrs.
Financial Analysis of Shared Services and Intermunicipal Cooperation 1 hr. GO »
Form-Based Zoning 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr. 1.5 hrs.
Freedom of Information Law/Open Meetings Law 2 hrs. GO » 2 hrs.
Historic Preservation 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr.
Intermunicipal Agreements 1 hr. GO »
Intermunicipal Cooperation: Building Code Enforcement 1 hr. GO » 1 hr.
Intermunicipal Planning 1 hr. GO » 1 hr.
Land Use Moratoria 1 hr. GO » 1 hr. 1 hr.
Local Regulations: Enactment Procedure 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr.
Locally Unwanted Land Use Regulation 1.5 hrs. GO » Video 1 hr. 1 hr.
Minute Taking and Other Duties of Planning Board and ZBA Secretaries 1 hr. GO » 1 hr.
Open Space Planning 1.5 hrs. GO »
Planned Unit Developments 1.5 hrs. GO »
Planning and Zoning: An Introduction 2 hrs. GO » 2 hrs. 1.5 hrs.
Planning Board Overview 2 hrs. GO » Online 2 hrs. 2 hrs.
Public Meetings and Hearings 1 hr. GO » Online 1 hr. 1 hr.
Public Officers: Powers and Duties 1 hr. GO » 1 hr. 1 hr.
Record Keeping 1.5 hrs. GO » Online 1 hr. 1.5 hrs.
Revising Zoning 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr. 1.5 hrs.
Rural Planning 2 hrs. GO » 2 hrs.
Sign Regulation 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr. 1.5 hrs.
Site Plan Review 1 hr. GO » 1 hr. 1 hr.
Smart Growth 1.5 hrs. GO » 1 hr.
Special Use Permits 1 hr. GO » 1 hr. 1 hr.
State Environment Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Basics 2 hrs. GO » 2 hrs. 2 hrs.
Stormwater Regulation 2 hrs. GO » 2 hrs.
Subdivision Review 2 hrs. GO » 2 hrs. 2 hrs.
Transit-Oriented Development 1.5 hrs. GO »
Walkable Communities 1 hr. GO »
White Elephants 1 hr. GO »
Wind Energy Regulation 1.5 hrs. GO »
Zoning Board of Appeals Overview 2 hrs. GO » Online 2 hrs. 2 hrs.