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Building Department

Building Department

The Building Department responsibilities include reviewing all plans to ensure compliance with building code requirements and zoning laws before issuance of a building permit and completion of inspections on the issued permits.  Required permits, such as, but not limited to new building construction, building additions or alterations, decks, pools, signs and issuance of Compliance Certificates.

Building Inspector Randy Minster, Terry Rech and Teresa Marko help manage the department. They work with the Town’s contracted engineering firm, Costich Engineering, Fire Marshal and Code Enforcer.

This department  is responsible for the Town of Gates's Planning, Zoning, and economic development activities as well as ensuring compliance with Town ordinances and the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention Code, and the New York State Building Code and accept all Planning and Zoning Board applications.

The Building Department works closely with developers, contractors, and property owners in the Town of Gates to ensure that all building construction (new and existing) meets with building and safety regulations. The staff will assist an applicant who wishes to bring a project before the Town Board, Planning Board, or Zoning Board of Appeals. The staff will advise an applicant of other county or state approval requirements and assist in the submission of required inspections and permits.

The Building Department coordinates the Monroe County Home Improvement Loan Application grants and works with the Gates Town Board to ensure all conditional use permits are filed, maintained, and annually renewed. There is a part-time Building Inspector who is responsible for the review of all building plans and performs all legally required inspections. The assistant to the Director is responsible for preparing all Planning and Zoning Board agendas as well as acts as a purchasing agent for all Buildings and Grounds.

Project or Business Zoning

Zoning Districts Map

Identify the property’s Zoning District within our Town. Refer to Town Codes for Permitted Uses.

View our Zoning Map and Town Code, to help determine the permitted uses for every property in Gates.

Should your project not conform to the Town of Gates Zoning Ordinance, a Variance application must be submitted. The applicant will be required to appear before the Town of Gates Zoning Board of Appeals to approve their variance request. (Please note that applicants are notified of hearing date and time.) The meets on the second Monday of every month to hear an applicant’s request for a variance.

Please download the Zoning Variance Instruction and Application and contact Teresa Marko at (585) 247-6100 Ext. 240 for cut off dates and additional details.

Establishing a new business in town?

Refer to New Business Occupants checklist to guide you through the process of opening a business in Gates.

Planning Board Questions

Contact Kurt Rappazzo, the Director of Public Works
(585) 247-6100 Ext. 245

Vacant Land

If you are planning to build on vacant land, please refer questions to Kurt Rappazzo, the Director of Public Works, at (585) 247-6100 Ext. 245

Randy Minster
Building Inspector

Email: rminster@townofgates.org


Terry Rech
PT -Building Inspector

Email: trech@townofgates.org

Stormwater Efforts:

Brianna Smith
Planning Assistant

Email: bsmith@townofgates.org

Annual Stormwater Report

Stormwater Efforts