The office is responsible for enforcement of the Property Maintenance Code of NYS, Fire Code of NYS, and Zoning Law. These laws set minimum standards for both residential and commercial properties.
Issues addressed may include deteriorated siding, roofing, windows/doors, all building elements inside and out including plumbing and wiring.
Exterior yard issues include debris/garbage, rodent infestation, unlicensed vehicles, high grass and un-shoveled sidewalks.
Costs for removal of debris/high grass or securing of vacant structures are recovered through tax assessments on the property.
Other issues include the condition of commercial properties such as dumpsters, debris, building deterioration, portable signs, and business signs in the public right-of-way or on utility poles, running a business in a residential area and parking commercial vehicles in residential areas.
Tree removal, within the public right-of-way, due to sewer problems, are coordinated with the Highway Department.
Periodic fire inspections are scheduled and performed by the fire inspectors. Inspected yearly are restaurants, theaters, day care centers and banquet facilities. Every three years other commercial uses and apartment buildings are inspected. Periodic fire inspections are initiated with the filing of a required “Operations Permit/ Fire Safety Inspection Application”.
You can contact the office with any questions or concerns at 716-897-7281. If this office does not handle the issue, an attempt will be made to direct you to the proper agency.