Over 2,100 City-owned vacant lots are maintained by City crews from the Department of Environmental Services. Between May and September, vacant lots are cleaned by cutting tall grass and removing debris. Adjacent sidewalks and curb lanes are swept clean.
The City of Rochester also inspects private property to enforce the Property Conservation Code, zoning ordinances, and other applicable laws governing vacant land. Residents may contact their local Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) for complaints relating to privately-owned vacant lots. For additional information relating to code enforcement, click here .
Request a lot clean-up
City-owned vacant lots are automatically cleaned on a seasonal basis, from May through September. Individuals may call 311 to request a specific lot clean-up. Outside of the city, call (585) 428-5990.