Town Hall: 1280 Titus Avenue • Rochester, NY 14617 | (585) 467-8840

Frequently Asked Question:

What do I need to do to open a new business in Irondequoit?


For any new business, the following permits are always required:

  • Change of Occupancy - The application addresses information about the change in business/owner and includes a safety inspection by the Fire Marshal prior to the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy to the new business. The change of occupancy/use application form is available online.
  • Signage - Replacement of existing signs, sign panels or free-standing signs and/or the installation of new signs requires a building permit be issued before the work is performed. The building permit application is available online

Depending on the type and location of the new business, there may be other reviews required, including, but not limited to:

  • Building Permit - Changes to exterior or interior space may require a building permit if it involves modifications to structural elements (walls, doors, windows) or electrical or plumbing work.
  • Fire Marshal Permit - The new occupancy may require permits issued through our Fire Marshal's office, including but not limited to: alarm systems, sprinklers, gas appliances, and kitchen equipment.
  • Board Reviews - New businesses may require review and approval by the Planning Board, Town Board and/or Zoning Board of Appeals. If your new business requires an application to one of these boards, a staff member in the Planning and Zoning Department will be in touch once the Change of Occupancy application has been received.
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Rochester, NY 14617

Town Hall:    (585) 467-8840

Police Dept: (585) 336-6000

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