Building Code Review

**ATTENTION CUSTOMERS:  From May 19 – May 24, 2023 the City will have limited ability to process permits and schedule inspections.  We are replacing our IT systems and will start using our new system on or about May 24th.  You should expect delays in processing starting May 19th continuing through early June. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make improvements to serve you better.** 


  • The Certificate of Occupancy Program relocated to room 028B with hours:  Monday – Friday from 9am to 4pm
  • Walk in service for the Building Permit and Zoning offices will be available: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 4pm. 
  • Permit drop off and Grab & Go application forms will be available in the lobby of the A Building Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
  • Email, telephone and online permit submission will continue to be available daily.  For more information, see:

Bureau of Buildings & Zoning
City Hall - Room 125B
Rochester, New York 14614
Tel: (585)428-6526 

The Bureau of Buildings and Zoning is responsible for the review of all documents submitted to the City of Rochester for a Building Permit.

Plans must comply the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, which includes the following specific codes: 

  • New York State Building Code
  • New York State Fire Code
  • New York State Mechanical Code
  • New York State Fuel Gas Code
  • New York State Plumbing Code
  • New York State Residential Code
  • New York State Property Maintenance Code
  • New York State Existing Building Code

Reference Codes such as the following are also reviewed as well as the New York State Energy Conservation Code: 

  • NFPA (Fire Alarms, Sprinkler Systems, etc.)
  • ICC/ANSI (Handicapped Accessibility)
  • ASME (Elevators and the National Elevator Code)

Plan reviews for large projects often require multiple reviews, such as for Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Elevator and Fire Department codes. 

Permit Submission

Permit submissions shall comply with Section 39-208 of the City Charter. 

All residential and commercial projects require two complete sets of construction documents. A complete set of the approved construction documents will be returned to the applicant when the Permit is approved. 

Project Close-out 

The term "Developer" is intended to refer to the project developer or property owner who is responsible for the construction of the project. During the construction of the project, the developer shall be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date set of As-Built drawings at the project site.

An Electronic copy of the As-Built drawing must be submitted to the Building Inspector or Permit Office before the Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance is issued.

Our preferred method of submission is to upload your electronic plans or testing documents of any size to the City of Rochester Plan Review page HERE for As-Built drawings and Final Documents ONLY

  • All Electronic documents must be saved in either .TIFF or PDF-A format.
  • If Plans are designed in CAD, it cannot be layered.
  • The Plans and documents must be labeled with the Permit Number and Property Address

Large Plans and Testing documents can also be submitted via DVD or CD-R (Not Re-Writable) disk.  Small to Medium Plans or Testing documents can be submitted via Flash Drive.  Small plans or testing documents may also be e-mailed to the Building Inspector.

**The City does not provide design services. Applicants are responsible for providing plans with sufficient code information to conduct a complete code review. Required documents may vary based on the project size and complexity**.