Pre-Employment Drug Testing Policy

Effective January 1, 2009, the City of Rochester requires all potential employees to submit to a pre-employment drug test. The City of Rochester strives to provide a drug free workplace and prohibits the possession, use, purchase, sale or transfer of controlled substances in or on City property or facilities. This policy explains the guidelines for pre-employment testing for controlled substances. 

  • All candidates selected for original appointments to positions with the City of Rochester must submit to a pre-employment drug screen. All offers of employment are conditional pending confirmation of successful completion of this screening.
  • Any person who is rehired by the City of Rochester with a break in service of more than 1 month must submit to a pre-employment drug screen. 
  • Pre-employment drug testing for controlled substances is by means of urinalysis or hair sample. The cost of the test will be borne by the City. 
  • The vendor selected by the City will analyze specimens for the following controlled substances: Marijuana, Cocaine, Phencyclidine (PCP), Amphetamines, Opiates. 
  • Any employment candidate under the age of 18 is required to provide an authorized Parental Consent form at the administration of the drug screen. 
  • Any employment candidate for a Civil Service Competitive job with a verified positive drug test result will be removed from the Civil Service eligible list for that job title pursuant to Civil Service Law Section 50.4. 
  • Any employment candidate for a position not in the Civil Service Competitive class with a verified positive result will be prohibited from employment with the City for one (1) year.

Copies of the Pre-Employment Drug Testing Administrative Policy are available by contacting the Department of Human Resource Management at 30 Church Street, Room 103A, Rochester, NY 14614, (585) 428-7115,