Rochester Preservation Board

State of Emergency and Local Emergency Order Update:

The State Governor has terminated the coronavirus pandemic emergency orders that temporarily waived some Open Meetings Law requirements. Therefore, going forward, public hearings will be conducted in-person rather than by video conference.

Rochester Preservation Board

This seven member citizen board reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness required for alterations to landmarks and properties located in the City’s eight preservation districts – Corn Hill, Mt. Hope Avenue, East Avenue, Susan B. Anthony, Beach Avenue, South Avenue/Gregory Street, Grove Place, and Brown’s Race. It is also responsible for developing and adopting preservation guidelines.

The Board’s authority and procedures are established by the City's Zoning Code in Sections 120-185, 120-193, and 120-194. Written decisions are made for each application, based upon specific standards in the City Code and findings made by the Board.

Preservation Board Hearings

Public hearings are held evenings in City Council Chambers, Room 302A, City Hall at 6:00 PM, and staff support is provided by the Division of Zoning. See below for specific schedule times, application deadlines, agendas, and hearing information.

The applicant or a representative is required to attend the hearing to describe the proposal. Neighbors and other interested individuals are permitted to speak, and Board members may ask questions. After testimony is heard, the Board members deliberate among themselves and then decide to approve the proposal as submitted, approve the proposal with certain conditions, or deny the proposal. A majority vote of four members is needed for a decision. A written decision is mailed within 10 business days of the hearing. Please note that the decision is not a permit to commence construction. Standard permits are still required, such as those for construction, signage and plumbing. 

A decision of the Board may be appealed to the State Supreme Court within 30 days after the Board's decision has been filed with the City Clerk's Office.

For information, an appointment, application forms, or to request sign language interpreter service at the hearing, please contact Christopher Snyder, Staff to the Preservation Board, at (585) 428-6510 or  

Applications must be complete to be accepted, and instructions and fees are specified on each application form. Please note that all applications must be submitted by appointment only, or by other specific arrangement.

How to COMMENT on a current case? 

Comment may be provided in-person at the informational meeting/public hearing or they may be supplied in writing by email or mail. The deadline to submit written comment is 5:00 PM; Tuesday, August 3, 2021.


Mail: Zoning Office c/o Preservation Board, 30 Church St. Rm. 125-B, Rochester, NY 14614 

Preservation Board Membership

Preservation Board members are selected by the Mayor, confirmed by City Council, and serve without pay or compensation. They must be City residents and serve for terms of 2 years, and may serve without limit to the number of terms. Selections must also include one member from the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors; one from a recognized historical association; two registered architects; two residents of Preservation Districts; and one city resident at large.

If you are interested in applying for a position on the Board, please contact Josanne Reaves in the Mayor’s Office at (585) 428-6140 or email

Current Board Membership 

Christopher Carretta, Chair Realtor Edward Cain (Preservation District Resident)
Karsten Solberg, Vice Chair Architect David Matthews (Architect) 
Isaac Bracher Architect 
Gerald Gamm  Preservation District Resident  

Christopher Snyder, Staff to the Preservation Board
Jill Wiedrick, Preservation Board Secretary
Tom Warth, Legal Counsel to the Preservation Board

Public Hearing Schedule

 Public Hearing                           Application Deadline                    Agendas                    Grids         
 January 6, 2021    December 7, 2020        Agenda            Grid 
 February 3, 2021    January 4, 2021        Agenda             Grid  
 March 3, 2021    February 1, 2021        Agenda              Grid  
 April 7, 2021    March 8, 2021        Agenda            Grid 
 May 5, 2021    April 5, 2021        Agenda              Grid 
 June 2, 2021    May 3, 2021        Agenda              Grid 
 July 7, 2021    June 7, 2021        Agenda             Grid 
 August 4, 2021    July 6, 2021        Agenda             Grid  
 September 1, 2021    August 2, 2021        Agenda             Grid  
 October 6, 2021    September 7, 2021        Agenda             Grid  
 November 3, 2021    October 4, 2021        Agenda             Grid  
 December 1, 2021    November 1, 2021        Agenda             Grid  

Rochester Preservation Board Interactive Map

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Prior Years Agendas and Grids

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