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City of Niagara Falls

Building Permits

The City of Niagara Falls Code Enforcement Department ensures that all construction and major renovation projects in the City comply with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention & Building Code and City of Niagara Falls Zoning Ordinance. The Department reviews building plans, issues work permits, conducts building and site inspections, issues certificates of compliance and certificates of occupancy, and conducts other work in support of the Building Code and Zoning Ordinance. Some projects that require a work permit may also require City of Niagara Falls Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals review (see below).


Please contact the City of Niagara Falls Code Enforcement Department if you are planning a construction or major renovation project in order to obtain the necessary work permits.


City of Niagara Falls Code Enforcement Department

City Hall - 745 Main Street, Rm. 306, P.O. Box 69

Niagara Falls, New York 14302

Phone: (716) 286-4450

Fax: (716) 286-4454


Zoning Map & Ordinance

The City of Niagara Falls Zoning Ordinance establishes allowable land uses in each zoning district identified in the Zoning Map and sets forth requirements for site design, building heights and setbacks, subdivision of land, issuance of special permits, and the administrative processes for project review including review by the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, among other regulations.

City of Niagara Falls Zoning Ordinance

City of Niagara Falls Zoning Map




Planning Board Review Process

The City of Niagara Falls Planning Board reviews and approves site plans and requests to subdivide or combine tracts of land. It also reviews and makes recommendations on any matters referred by the City of Niagara Falls Zoning Board of Appeals. In addition, the Planning Board makes recommendations to the City Council on zoning amendments. Some projects that require City Planning Board review may trigger Niagara County Planning Board review and/or New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR).


Please contact the City of Niagara Falls Planning and Development Division if you have any questions regarding the Planning Board review process.


City of Niagara Falls Planning and Development Division

City Hall - 745 Main Street, Rm. 347, P.O. Box 69

Niagara Falls, New York 14302

Phone: (716) 286-4460

Fax: (716) 286-4485


City of Niagara Falls site plan review application
City of Niagara Falls zoning amendment application


Zoning Board of Appeals Process

The City of Niagara Falls Zoning Board of Appeals reviews and approves requests for special permits, use variances, and area variances, which are exceptions to the Zoning Ordinance. Some projects that require Zoning Board of Appeals review may trigger Niagara County Planning Board review and/or New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR).


Please contact the City of Niagara Falls Planning and Development Division if you have any questions regarding the Zoning Board of Appeals process.


City of Niagara Falls Planning and Development Division

City Hall - 745 Main Street, Rm. 347, P.O. Box 69

Niagara Falls, New York 14302

Phone: (716) 286-4460

Fax: (716) 286-4485


City of Niagara Falls special permit application
City of Niagara Falls variance application


Community Plans

The City of Niagara Falls Comprehensive Plan establishes goals and priorities for the development and redevelopment of land, which serves as the basis for the City's Zoning Ordinance.


City of Niagara Falls Comprehensive Plan




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