Certificate of Occupancy Chart


  • The Certificate of Occupancy Program is now located in room 028B with hours:  Monday – Friday  from 9am to 4pm.
  • Any questions regarding the C Of O program, please email:  cofo@cityofrochester.gov.
  • Walk in service for the Building Permit and Zoning offices will be available: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 4pm. 
  • Email, and online permit submission will continue to be available daily.  For more information, see:  https://www.cityofrochester.gov/NBDpermits/  
Type of Property  Current Requirements    
One or Two Family Owner Occupied No C of O Required
One or Two Family Owned by RHA       No C of O Required
One or Two Family, Occupied by the
Owner's Spouse, Child, Parent or Sibling

A C of O Exemption may be obtained by submission of the required application and proof of residency & relationship.

The Exemption, once approved, must be renewed every Three Years.

One or Two Family
Non Owner Occupied

C of O Required every Six Years

The only exception to this would be if:

  • The C of O for a one or two family is issued on or after 1/1/2014
  • The property is located in the Lead High Risk Area
  • Interior Deteriorated Paint is found during the C of O inspection; and
  • Interim Controls are used to remedy the lead hazard

In this situation, the C of O must be renewed every Three Years. 

Mixed Occupancy Building containing One or more dwelling units    C of O Required every Three Years

Multiple Dwelling     C of O Required every Three Years
Commercial C of O Required ONLY when they establish or change use 
Transfer C of O for Single Family  Not required
Transfer C of O for Two Family Required if no C of O issued within Two Years
Transfer C of O for Mixed Occupancy  Not required
Transfer C of O for Multiple Dwellings Not required
Re-occupancy of a Dwelling vacant for more than Two Months Required if a C of O has not been issued within the
past Year

Certificate of Occupancy Application

Certificate of Occupancy Exemption Application

Certificate of Occupancy Waiver Application