Code Enforcement Officer
William Kramer

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.

Phone: (716) 652-7591
Fax: (716) 652-3507

Asst. Code Enforcement Officer:
Elizabeth Cassidy

Clerk: Jennifer J. Calkins

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Building & Code Enforcement

Please note that this website has been updated as of April 2017 to reflect recent code changes.  


On October 3, 2016 New York State adopted the 2015-International Codes, the 2016 Uniform Code Supplement and the 2016 Supplement to the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Revised August 2016 edition). These documents are all available at the Department of State website,, under the Forms and Publications link (for 2015 I Codes and 2016 Uniform Code Supplement) and the Energy Code link. Call the office at 652-7591 if you need assistance with these links.


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 2015 International Codes, 2016 Uniform Code and Energy Code Supplements, 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.


Click Here for the Town Code

Click Here for the Village Code

Click Here for the Town Zoning Map

Click Here for the Village Zoning Map (works best with Internet Explorer)




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 
  • Conversions
  • Demolition
  • Excavation and Fill
  • Fence (as of April 2017) 
  • Foundation: Repair, replacement, installation of egress window
  • 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.


Quick Facts

  • All electrical work must be inspected by a Town-approved third-party Electrical Inspection Agency (see forms).
  • Permits are valid for one year.
  • Contractors are required to have Liability, Worker's Comp and Disability Insurance Certificates on file with the Town/Village as certificate holder.
  • A Certificate of Occupancy/Compliance is required upon completion of all building permits.
  • Roof shingles may not be more than two layers.
  • A fence is required for in-ground pools or pools with walls less than 48 inches, including temporary pools.
  • No signs may be placed in The Circle. 
  • Fees are made payable to the Town of Aurora.
  • The Town Planning & Conservation Board meets the first Wednesday of the month.
  • The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the third Thursday of the month.
  • A $200 Recreation/Park fee is collected on all new dwellings.

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.