Nuisance Abatement Program

Impact on Quality of Life 

Public nuisances occur when the activity or operation of establishments result in a flagrant violation of the City of Rochester’s Penal Law or Municipal Code provisions. It is the position of the City of Rochester that such nuisances substantially harm quality of life, the environment, commerce, property values, public health, safety and welfare. The Mayor and City Council established the Nuisance Abatement Program as a means to identify and remedy such public nuisances.

Nuisance Advisory Board (NAB) 

In June, City Council approved many changes to the Nuisance Abatement Law, including the establishment of the NAB, to allow property owners to correct the issues through collaboration with the Neighborhood Service Center (NSC). 

City staff is currently interviewing candidates to serve on the NAB.


The Nuisance Advisory Board (NAB) will oversee the process of reviewing and hearing nuisance cases submitted for review from the City’s Neighborhood Service Centers. NAB Hearings take place monthly at City Hall, 30 Church St.

Mayor Warren Introduces Legislation to Hold Absentee Landlords Accountable

Mayor Warren submitted legislation to City Council on to reduce the negative impact of absentee landlords on city property values. The legislation is part of a multi-pronged strategy to strengthen the City’s Nuisance Abatement Point System to create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods, increase government transparency and improve landlord accountability. Learn more >> 

Strategic Community Intervention (SCI) Nuisance Abatement Process Evaluation

The City of Rochester entered into a contract with Strategic Community Intervention (SCI) to conduct a thorough review of its Nuisance Point Abatement program, which was established under the authority of Section 3-15 of the City Charter.

The report resulted in the following changes in the Nuisance Point Abatement process. 

  • Nuisance point information is now available online. The new data presented indicates whether a property has had nuisance points issued within the past year; what nuisance offense occurred and when; the number of points the property has accumulated in the last 6 and 12 months; and whether any of the following actions have occurred: a nuisance warning meeting; an acceptable resolution plan has been submitted; whether the City has initiated a legal action against a property; or whether the property was closed down. Find the information here >>
  • A nuisance activity map provides access to all nuisance cases and relative information on a citywide basis. This information will help the public and City employees assess nuisance property data for any geographical area and extract the data into a spreadsheet for analysis and reporting. View the map here >>
  • Building Blocks. The City utilizes BuildingBlocks software to integrate a variety of data sets, including Nuisance Points, related to the various activities associated with vacant and/or potentially problem properties. View Building Blocks here>>

Report Documents

Final Nuisance Report/Evaluation

Report/Evaluation Appendices

Final Implementation of Nuisance Abatement Points system recommendations

NAB Meeting Schedule and Findings

NAB meets when there is a request to have a Nuisance Case Review.  When and if the board meets it would be on the following dates. Findings from cases will be linked to the dates below.

Nuisance Advisory Board Meeting Days, Dates and Places

All meetings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 (10 Felix St.,Training Room)
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019  (Water Bureau, 10 Felix St., Training Room)
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 (Water Bureau, 10 Felix St., Training Room)
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 (City Hall, 30 Church St., Conference Rm. 208A)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2019 (City Hall, 30 Church St.,  Conference Rm. 208A)
  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 (Water Bureau, 10 Felix St., Training Room)
  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 (10 Felix Street Training Room)
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 (10 Felix Street Training Room)
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 (10 Felix Street Training Room)
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 (10 Felix Street Training Room)
  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 (10 Felix Street Training Room)
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 (10 Felix Street Training Room)
  • Thursday /July 23, 2020 (10 Felix Street Training Room)
  • Thursday /Aug. 27, 2020 (10 Felix Street Training Room)
  • Thursday /Sept.  24, 2020 (10 Felix Street Training Room)