Buildings and Zoning

30 Church Street - Room 121B
Rochester, NY  14614
(585) 428-6520

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Welcome to the City of Rochester's Bureau of Buildings and Zoning web page.  We recently made many changes to the site to coincide with the recent Departmental reorganization and in an attempt to make it easier for our customers to navigate.  Our Bureau is responsible for the administration and enforcement of building, zoning and property codes, administration of rehabilitation grant programs and administration of the city's demolition program. 

These efforts, which ensure public safety and enhance the quality of life for our residents are accomplished through our critical processes described below.  We perform these duties with a focus on customer service.  The proper maintenance of our aged housing stock plays an important role in the future success of our city.  We would like to thank all of our property owners who are doing their part to make Rochester the best mid-sized city in the U.S. in which to live, raise a family, visit and grow a business by properly maintaining the structures they own.  We hope you will find this site useful.  If you have suggestons for improvement or if you would like to see additional information displayed, please let us know.

Our mission

To support the City of Rochester's Vision and its Values and Guiding Principles, the Bureau of Buildings and Zoning will perform permit application review processes, facilitate rehabilitation grant programs and conduct inspection services to ensure that all buildings and properties in the City of Rochester are in compliance with local, county, state and federal regulations. Our team will do this by delivering timely, consistent and comprehensive customer-oriented services in the most cost-effective manner.

Our Critical Processes include:

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We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service to our customers and encourage you to contact us any time you have a need. We look forward to working with our customers to make this the best City in which to live, work, visit and raise a family.

We are in the process of enhancing the information available on our web-site and welcome any suggestions you may have regarding the content provided.  

Gary Kirkmire
Director of Buildings and Zoning                               
30 Church Street - Room 121B
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 428-6520