Building & Development

Permit Applications/Forms | Development Updates |  Building Code Enforcement | Fire Marshal

Kerry Ivers
Director of Development Services
Town of Irondequoit
1280 Titus Avenue
Rochester, New York 14617
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COVID-19 Update

Although Town Hall is closed to the public, the Building and Fire Marshal’s office are still open for business. Here is information you can use to navigate the application process and/or obtain required inspections.

Building Permit Application Process While Town Hall is Closed to the Public:
The Town is accepting applications for building permits via e-mail. For more information on the application process, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You will receive information on the forms and supporting documents required for your specific building project.

Building Inspections While Town Hall is Closed to the Public:
The Building Inspector and Fire Marshal’s office are still conducting required inspections. Construction is deemed an essential service.

Please contact the building inspection line at (585) 336-6072 to schedule your inspection on any open building permits. Inspections by the Office of the Fire Marshal should be requested via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To protect the health and safety of town staff, we kindly request that you reschedule inspections if anyone on the premises is in quarantine or is not feeling well.

Construction Activities:
NYS Executive Order 202.6 was recently updated to further limit the type and extent of construction activities allowed to continue as “essential business.” At this time, the Town will continue reviewing any incoming permit applications and/or inspecting ongoing projects that conform with the updated Executive Order.

Any construction deemed non-essential must be suspended until the Executive Order is lifted or modified. No new permits for non-essential construction will be issued until the corresponding work is allowed to be performed.

The full list of essential services is available via this link.

The section regarding construction reads as follows:

9. Construction

      • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
      • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
      • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

The Department of Community Development is responsible for ensuring compliance with state and local ordinances regarding building construction, fire prevention, property maintenance, land use planning, and zoning. 

It also administers the Irondequoit Home Improvement Program (I.H.I.P.) which is funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant and provides funding for qualified residents for home improvements and removal of code violations. For more information, please click here.

Divisions of the Community Developmment Department include Building Code Enforcement, Building Services, Planning and Zoning, and the Fire Marshal.

 Building Services

General Information: (585) 336-1287< br/> Building Permit Inspection Request Line: (585) 336-6072

The Building Services Office provides permitting, building code interpretation, construction inspection, licensing, plan review, and problem-solving services to the citizens of Irondequoit and their contractors and consultants for residential and commercial building projects. Building Services also administers the Home Improvement Program.

Do I Need a Building Permit?

As per New York State law, building permits are required for work that must conform to the Uniform Building Codes, which includes: new residential, commercial and industrial buildings; additions to residential, commercial and industrial buildings; interior and exterior structural repairs; alterations, improvements and remodeling of existing structures; garages; carports; all sheds; roofing; siding; decks; porches; stairs; fences; swimming pools in which the water depth is two feet or greater; heating systems (new and replacement); hot tubs; fire suppression systems; fire alarm systems; solid fuel burning appliances; gas fired decorative appliances; parking lots; and demolition of all structures.

For more information, please see the forms and information sheets below:

 Building Code Enforcement

The Building Code Enforcement Office is responsible for the administration and enforcement of all laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and orders applicable to the construction of structures, land use, and property maintenance in all zoning districts in the Town.  

 Fire Marshal

Greg Merrick
Fire Marshal
Town of Irondequoit
1280 Titus Avenue
Rochester, New York 14617
The Fire Marshal’s office is responsible for the administration and enforcement of all laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and orders applicable to life safety, fire prevention, and fire safety in residential and commercial properties, educational facilities, areas of public assembly, and multiple residences.

Services We Provide

  • Inspects public, semi-public, and other commercial establishments to ascertain the extent of conformity to fire prevention laws.
  • Orders the removal or correction of fire hazards.
  • Informs fire districts of local building conditions and of special features involved in buildings or fields located in their districts.
  • Inspects yards and fields for the presence of rubbish and hazardous material.
  • Recommends fire detection or prevention measures and other corrective steps.
  • Establishes and enforces fire lanes.
  • Issues burning permits.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records.
  • Reviews building plans for code compliance, and may participate in approval process for new structures.
  • Acts as a liaison between fire districts and the Town Boards.
  • Reviews and maintains level of preparedness for disaster.

Irondequoit Ambulance and Fire Departments

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