Bureau of Planning & Zoning
City Hall - Room 121B
30 Church Street
Rochester, NY 14614
The Bureau of Planning and Zoning is responsible for comprehensive planning for the City of Rochester, and administering the New York State Building Code, the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, and the City of Rochester Zoning Ordinance for improvements to property.
The Bureau coordinates comprehensive planning, supports the making of community and neighborhood visions and plans, ensures a safe and healthy environment in accordance with all laws and regulations, and protects the unique urban character of the city and its neighborhoods.
Learn more about our functions here:
Developer Guidance Handbook
The Developer Guidance Handbook was prepared to facilitate an understanding of the City’s construction-related development and rehabilitation processes; a tool to encourage and assist prospective developers through the City’s permitting and code requirements. This handbook is intended to be informative and provide general direction in the development process. Information on actual city codes can be found at www.cityofrochester.gov/citycode.
The handbook is a “living” document that will be edited to remain current.
For assistance or to obtain more information, please feel free to contact us at (585) 428-7043 or stop into our permit counter, which is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Room 121B, City Hall.