Building Department


Hiring a Contractor

Are you going to hire a contractor for your project?

If so, your contractor is required to provide us with proof of Liability & Workers' Compensation Insurance. If your contractor is a sole proprietor, who does not carry workers' comp, he/she may file for a CE-200 Exemption, from the State of New York Instructions can be found here.

There are many things to consider as part of your building project. When hiring a contractor, the New York State Office of the Attorney General has a variety of tips and recommendations. 

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Is a Permit Required?

There are a number of building projects that require building permits. Some (not all) projects that require a building permit, can be found in General Guidelines listed here. Additional information sheets and guidelines linked below. If you are still unsure whether or not you need a permit, it is best to call the Building Department directly.

(585) 385-3513

Quick Download : 

Building Permit Application
Certificate of Occupancy

Outdoor Dining
Peddlers Permits (door to door sales)

More Applications and Guidelines »

Certificate of Occupancy

East Rochester requires a New Certificate of Occupancy (C of O)  for the following circumstances:

  • New Property owner of a Commercial or Business Property.
  • Change of Use - New Business or Business Owner / Tenant in an existing building, where the property owner has not changed.
  • Multi-Family homes with or without tenants. (2 and 3 family apartment units). The C/O does not transfer with the sale of the property.

C of O Application »

Zoning Board Application

Zoning Board of appeals meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Click here for a Zoning Board Application. For more information on Meetings, Agendas, Deadlines, Minutes, etc. go to the Zoning Board of Appeals page.

Zoning Board of Appeals »

Recent Code Changes 

  • Due to the recent increase in wildlife and rodent population, we are no longer allowing garbage to be placed  on the curb in loose plastic bags. All garbage must be placed in a garbage can / container / with a tight sealing lid. 

  • All Residents are required to cans/containers and shall not exceed 35 gallons in capacity or 50 pounds in weight.

  • All garbage, refuse and other material shall be placed at the curb no sooner than 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to the specified collection day for the particular street, and removed within 12 hours after they are emptied.

Click here to see the REFUSE/SOLID WASTE section of the Town/Village Code. 

Zoning Board of Appeals


Barbara Marr


Frank Barbero
David Dezio
Eric Schoenhardt
Tim Rountree
Devin Vosburgh
Mark Leeper

Basic Codes and Violations

Can I burn outdoors? Can I have a pool? Is there a curfew for minors? And other code basics.

Please help us preserve & improve the high quality of life we enjoy in East Rochester. Compliance with these and all Town/Village codes will help us as a community raise the level of awareness and expectation about code enforcement, and ultimately help us achieve the goal of community wide code compliance. Read more code basics »

If you have a code enforcement complaint about another house, and would like to remain anonymous, please feel free to submit an email by clicking here.


Zoning Map