Elizabeth Cassidy 
Code Enforcement Officer

Rich Miga
Assistant Code Enforcement Officer

Dolly Bailey

The Aurora Municipal Center
575 Oakwood Avenue
East Aurora, New York 14052

Phone: (716) 652-7591
Fax: (716) 652-3507
Email: building@townofaurora.com


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Building & Code Enforcement

All Town and Village building and code enforcement services are handled by this office. The purpose of the department is to ensure safety and code compliance through the implementation and enforcement of all local, state and federal codes, regulations and zoning ordinances.

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Please note that this website has been updated as of May 2020 to reflect recent code changes.  


Effective May 12, 2020 New York State has adopted the following building codes:

  • 2020 Residential Code of New York State (publication date: November 2019)
  • 2020 Building Code of New York State (publication date: November 2019)
  • 2020 Plumbing Code of New York State (publication date: November 2019)
  • 2020 Mechanical Code of New York State (publication date: November 2019)
  • 2020 Fuel Gas Code of New York State (publication date: November 2019)
  • 2020 Fire Code of New York State (publication date: November 2019)
  • 2020 Property Maintenance Code of New York State (publication date: November 2019)
  • 2020 Existing Building Code of New York State (publication date: November 2019)
  • 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (publication date: November 2019)
  • 2016 edition of the Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings ("ASHRAE 90.1-2016")

More information can be found at the Department of State website, https://dos.ny.gov/building-standards-and-codes.  Digital versions of the 2020 New York State Building Codes can be found here: https://codes.iccsafe.org/codes/new-york. Please call our office at (716) 652-7591 if you have further questions regarding the current codes.


The Building Department serves the Town of Aurora along with the Village of East Aurora. The department handles complaints for both zoning and property maintenance issues, conducts fire inspections, and enforces building and energy code regulations as well as zoning regulations of the municipalities.  The department completes plan reviews and inspections on all permits to ensure compliance with the 2020 New York State codes, and the Town of Aurora and Village of East Aurora zoning ordinances. The daily goal of the department is to ensure that all ordinances handled by this office are enforced as fairly and efficiently as possible.



Permits are required for, but not limited to, the following:

  • All new construction: Residential and Commercial
  • Additions: Residential and Commercial
  • Alteration/Renovation/Repair: Residential and Commercial
  • Accessory Buildings: Barn, garage, pole barn, pool house, shed
  • Accessory Structures: Carport, deck, gazebo, pavilion, porch, roof 
  • Commercial change of use (i.e. restaurant to retail, retail to assembly, etc.)
  • Conversions
  • Demolition
  • Excavation and Fill
  • Fence (as of April 2017) 
  • Foundation: Repair, replacement, installation of egress window
  • Generators
  • Pond
  • Pool: Any above-ground more than 24-inches deep, and all in-ground. 
  • Sign: Temporary, permanent and sandwich board.
  • Solar Photovoltaic Energy System
  • Solid Fuel Appliance: Woodstove/insert, pellet stove
  • Tower

Please call the office at 652-7591 if a project you are considering is not on the list.


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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide alarms (or, where permitted, carbon monoxide detectors) shall be provided in all new and existing buildings and structures described in New York State Section 610.1, without regard to the date of construction of the building or structure and without regard to whether such building or structure shall or shall not have been offered for sale. Click here for more information.

Stormwater Management

CLICK HERE for the Town of Aurora's stormwater management page.