Welcome to the Essex County Government Center website. The world-famous, picturesque mountain village of Lake Placid, nestled in the scenic High Peaks of the Adirondacks and the shores of Mirror Lake in Essex County, is the proud site of legendary performances in two Winter Olympics. Hike in the highest peaks and vast pristine forests of the Adirondacks, or take your canoe and fishing pole to numerous ponds, lakes, and rivers. Go boating on Lake Placid, relax in the lakeside towns along Lake Champlain or Schroon Lake, experience the rich history of Fort Ticonderoga, or explore the Ausable Chasm. Take a virtual tour of the Adirondacks. The County offers many more seasonal and year-round recreational and cultural activities. For reservations at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport, please call (518) 962-8733. For facility use permit requests, storage or fee schedules, please visit the Fairgrounds website. (Banner photos: Hiking the Adirondacks, by Stephen and Luisa Towne; Pyramid Mountain from the Gothics trail, Lake Champlain sunrise, The High Peaks, and Whiteface Mountain by Anna Reynolds.)
Please click here for the purpose and procedure for municipalities to refer zoning actions to the Essex County Planning Board.
Essex County EMS Strategic Plan: the creation of a strategic plan for Essex County EMS operations, to create a self-sustaining EMS system that provides excellent service to the residents and visitors to the County.
New primary residence homeowners: REGISTER for STAR credit here!
Essex County Room Occupancy Tax Law | Room Occupancy Tax Registration form with instructions and the Room Occupancy Tax Return form with instructions (both fillable with Internet Explorer and Google Chrome)
The Essex County Treasurer’s Office now accepts credit and debit card payments for delinquent property taxes and installment payments – please CLICK HERE for more information.
Please note: all FOIL requests should be directed to County Attorney Dan Manning (518) 873-3380