The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]

    Kingston News

    2/27/2023 - Building Safety Department Launches Online Permit Portal


    February 27, 2023



    City of Kingston’s Building Safety Department Launches Online Permit Portal



    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston’s Building Safety Department has moved to an online permitting platform.

    The new permitting platform, City Squared, allows for residents and contractors to apply for permits, pay fees, and submit plans and other documents online.

    All building permits, including commercial and residential additions or alterations, pool installation, and solar installation, can be applied for through the online portal. Electricians and plumbers can also apply for electrical and plumbing permits through the portal.

    “We wanted to make Building Safety registration more accessible for all, and this new online portal will help reduce the time it takes to get a permit, and reduce trips to the Building Safety office,” said Mayor Noble. “I want to thank the Building department and our IT department for implementing this new software, which we think will greatly benefit all who use it. Upgrading the City of Kingston’s technology is one the priorities I laid out in my 2023 State of the City speech, including updating the City’s website and our online budget book. All of these technological improvements increase transparency and make life a little easier for our residents.”

    “The Building Safety Department is pleased to roll out this new online permitting system. We will still accept paper applications at this time, but we are working toward 100% online permitting by the end of this year,” said Stephan Knox, Director of Building Safety & Zoning Enforcement. “We will also be installing a computer terminal for public use here at the Building Safety office, should residents need assistance with their submission. We are happy to be able to provide this convenient portal for our residents and contractors.”

    The online portal can be found by visiting