City Hall Atrium Permits

The Rochester City Hall Atrium is a true architectural masterpiece. Each year Photo credit: Erich Campingthousands of visitors come to tour Rochester City Hall and are left inspired by its architecture. The three-story high hall is surrounded by walls of symmetrical arches and ornate Tennesee marble columns, decorated with hand carved capitals, that support each arch.  Cast iron "Liberty" goddesses wearing eagle talon necklaces stand watch between the arches on the lower floor of the Atrium. The figures symbolize America. On the second level, lions cast in plaster take the place of the "Liberty" goddesses. The third floor sports a collection of plaster Neptune heads that oversee the entire Atrium. 

On sunny days, streaks of bright sunlight cast into the Atrium through the glass ceiling. An Atrium fountain was designed to repeat the arch theme that if found throughout the building.

To explore more of the Rochester City Hall check out our City Hall Photo Tour.

Applying for a Permit for Photography in the City Hall Atrium


  1. The City Hall Atrium is available for wedding or special occasion photography only on Saturdays between 10am and 6pm. 
  2. The atrium must be booked at least four weeks in advance of the photography.
  3. To see if the date you'd like is available, send an email to the Office of Special Events.
  4. If your date is available, you will be sent an Atrium Application to fill out. 
  5. The cost of using the atrium for photography on Saturdays is $130 ($40 application fee, $90 security fee). This is a non-refundable fee. You can pay via check or online. The application process and reservation of atrium will not begin until application and $40 processing fee are received.  
  6. To reduce scheduling conflicts, only one wedding is scheduled per day, regardless of time they intend to be there. 

    Before you get married, make sure to visit City Clerk's Office in City Hall for your marriage license! The City Clerk can also perform your wedding ceremony on-site during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9-5pm).


Using the City Hall Atrium for Other Purposes

In order to preserve the beauty of the historic building, public use of the City Hall atrium is reserved mainly for wedding photographs on Saturdays.


Call the Bureau of Communications at (585) 428-7135 or email us.Photo credit: Erich Camping