Portable Home Generators


Portable Generators:

No permits for portable generators are required by the Town of Greenburgh. That said, you are encouraged to have a licensed electrician provide the hookup, using an appropriate power transfer switch from the electrical panel to the generator. In all cases, homeowners must follow the instructions that come with the generator.

In addition, Winding Ridge HOA has established the following requirements:

  • Placing the unit for operation.  When operational, generators should be placed outside 10 to 15 feet from the house, on the driveway, with the exhaust blowing toward the street and away from windows, doors, and vents.
  • Noise:  The decibel level should be at or below the Town of Greenburgh maximum requirement of 65 dba. Generators should be silent between 11 pm and 6 am.
  • Moisture.  Keep the generator dry.  Do not use it in rain or wet conditions. Dry your hands before touching the generator.
  • Refueling.  Before refueling, to prevent a fire, turn the generator off and allow it to cool down.
  • Power Source.  Never plug a generator into a wall outlet.  INSTEAD?  ???  Aren't generators used instead of house current?
  • Storage:  When not in use, both fuel and generators should be stored in the garage.  Gasoline must be stored in a non-glass safety can specifically designated for gasoline and tightly capped. 
        The total amount of gasoline stored in the garage at any single time should never exceed 10 gallons.


The homeowner is responsible for any issues arising from the installation and use of a generator. If you plan to install??? a generator, portable or standby, you must notify your insurance carrier prior to use for specific instructions and provide the HOA with documentation that your insurance company’s coverage requirements, if any, have been met.  Send the documentation to Hudson North Management, 1053 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, NY 10502 to the attention of Rose Pilla.

Standby Generators:

Homeowners have the option of installing a natural-gas standby generator. Several forms and permits are required by the Town of Greenburgh: a Steep Slope Clearance form must be approved by the Engineering Department, a Wetlands Clearance form approved by the Department of Community Development, and finally three application forms must be submitted for a building permit. Homeowners must use a Westchester County licensed electrician and plumber who must also file for permits. The maximum decibel level is 65 dba. The Town requires a drawing of the location on the site plan, plus setbacks to the property lines. They also require a list of the specifications of the generator the homeowner purchases. Documentation that it has been properly installed must be presented to the HOA, c/o Rose Pilla, Hudson North Management prior to use.

Safety Tips for all generators???:

  1. Operate your generator outdoors in a clean, dry, well-ventilated area and never indoors or in a garage.
  2. Make sure all electrical connections comply with the National Electric Code.
  3. Never connect a generator to an existing wiring system without an automatic transfer switch.
  4. Never overload your generator with too many appliances.  MORE SPECIFICS NEEDED HERE
  5. Never let children play near a generator.





Dated:   April 15, 2013