Nuisance Abatement Point System

The City's Nuisance Point Abatement program is a way to identify and correct chronic nuisance activity which can have a negative impact on the quality of life for the surrounding neighborhood. The program is designed to provide property owners and business owners an opportunity to partner with City staff to abate nuisance activity. If the responsible party fails to properly address and abate the nuisance activity and the number of points exceed the thresholds established in Section 3-15 of the City Charter, the City can initiate an action that can result in the closure of the property or business.

Mayor Warren Introduces Legislation to Hold Absentee Landlords Accountable

Mayor Warren submitted legislation to City Council on August 9, 2017 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 >> 
  • In September 2017, the City will add software to its GIS interface that will provide additional analytical tools for vacant and abandoned property management. 

Report Documents

Final Nuisance Report/Evaluation 

Report/Evaluation Appendices 

Final Implementation of Nuisance Abatement Points system recommendations 

See also: 

Nuisance Map     Property Information System