Rochester Preservation Board

In accordance with Executive Order No. 202.1 and the Mayor's Local Emergency Oder, the Rochester Preservation Board public hearings will take place as virtual hearings and no in-person attendance shall be permitted.

The next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 6:00 PM. The agenda will be posted under 'Public Hearing' below . Staff Reports will be posted in 'Interactive Map' below .

To view and/or listen to the hearing click the link at the scheduled time: The Hearing will be recorded and later transcribed.

How to COMMENT on a current case:

1) Submit written comment by email, mail, or deliver it to City Hall.
Mail: Zoning Office c/o Preservation Board, 30 Church St. Rm. 125B, Rochester, NY 14614
Delivery: drop box at Fitzhugh Street entrance of City Hall.

Your written comment must include the case number and project address you are commenting on, your first and last name, address, and contact information. A Zoning staff member will read your comments into the record during the virtual hearing. The deadline to submit written comment is 5:00 PM; Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

2) Provide oral testimony (public comment) at the virtual public hearing. >>>CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Comments may not exceed 3 minutes in length or 10 minutes for neighborhood associations. The deadline to register to provide spoken comment is 12:00 PM; Wednesday, December 2, 2020. 


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About the Preservation Board

Citizens serving on a public board or commission help to ensure that decision making is based upon the public interest and its citizens’ points of view. 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.

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 Isaac Bracher (Architect)
Karsten Solberg, Vice Chair Architect Edward Cain (Preservation District Resident)
Deborah Beardslee        Designer Jason Dobbs (Architect)
Kijana Crawford Preservation District Resident  
James DeVinney  Preservation District Resident  
Gerald Gamm Preservation District Resident  
David Matthews Architect  

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

Public Hearing Schedule - 2020 

 Public Hearing                           Application Deadline                    Agendas                    Grids         
 January 8, 2020    December 9, 2019        Agenda           Grid
 February 5, 2020    January 6, 2020        Agenda           Grid
 March 4, 2020    February 3, 2020        Agenda             Grid 
 April 8, 2020
   March 9, 2020        Agenda            Grid 
 May 6, 2020    April 6, 2020        Agenda             Grid 
 June 3, 2020    May 4, 2020        Agenda             Grid 
 July 8, 2020    June 8, 2020        Agenda             Grid 
 August 5, 2020    July 6, 2020        Agenda             Grid 
 September 9, 2020    August 10, 2020        Agenda            Grid  
 October 7, 2020    August 31, 2020        Agenda            Grid 
 November 4, 2020    October 5, 2020        Agenda            Grid 
 December 2, 2020    November 2, 2020        Agenda            Grid  

Rochester Preservation Board Interactive Map

Current Month Cases Previous Cases Greensquare for held cases Held Cases

Please click on each point for more case information. For mobile devices or to view larger, try full screen view.


2019 Agendas & Decision Grids

2018 Agendas & Decision Grids 

 2017 Agenda and Decision Grids

2016 Agendas and Decision Grids

2015 Agendas and Decision Grids

2014 Agendas and Decision Grids

2013 Agendas and Decision Grids  

2012 Agendas and Decision Grids 

2011 Agendas and Decision Grids

2010 Agendas and Decision Grids 

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