Buildings and Compliance


  • The Certificate of Occupancy Program is now located in room 028B with hours:  Monday – Friday from 9am to 4pm 
  • Any questions regarding the O Of O program, please email:  

Permit Office
Room 121B
(585) 428-6520   

Code Enforcement   
Room 028B 
(585) 428-6520
Division of Zoning
Room 125B
(585) 428-7043   
Plan Review
Room 121B
(585) 428-6526   
Contract Services 
Room 028B
(585) 428-6963
Licensed Trades
Room 121B
(585) 428-9339
Sully Library   Beach-Av-670   Cornhill-Landing   Anthony-house


Welcome to the City of Rochester's Bureau of Buildings and Compliance web page.  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 suggestions for improvement or if you would like to see additional information displayed, please let us know>>>.

NLC report lauds Rochester's "healthy housing" policies.

The National League of Cities released a report on Tuesday, October. 30, 2018 that cited Rochester as the "gold standard" and a national "exemplar" for enacting and enforcing inspection policies that generate healthy housing options for city residents. 

"Rochester, NY is routinely identified as the gold standard in city-level healthy housing policies and programming in the United States, both in terms of efficacy and evaluative history," --  Advancing City-Level Healthy Housing: Policies, Practices and Programs in Asthma & Lead – Strategies for Progress. 

Read the full report here>>>  

Our mission

To support the City of Rochester's Vision and its Values and Guiding Principles, the Bureau of Buildings and Compliance and the Division of 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:

Essential Links & Documents


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.  

Kurt Martin 
Director of Buildings and Compliance
30 Church Street - Room 121B
Rochester, NY 14614