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Contact us: Call the Building Department at 585-247-6100 Ext. 413 for Permits, Inspections, Zoning or other related topics.

Home Improvement Grant Applications: Application & income guidelines can be found on Monroe County’s website,, or search the web for “Monroe County Home Improvement.”

Permits & Inspections:  Refer to 2nd page of “Building Permit Application” found in the printable forms section, for Permit Contacts and Instructions.

Property Record Requests: Refer to FOIL Request and Zoning Compliance Letter, under online services, for document requests & Zoning Compliance Letters.

Planning Board Questions: Contact Kurt Rappazzo, the Director of Public Works, at (585) 247-6100 Ext. 245.

New Businesses: Refer to “New Business Occupants” checklist found in the printable forms section, to guide you through the process of opening a business in Gates.

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.

Zoning Districts & Zoning Board Questions: Download the “Zoning Map” in printable forms section, to identify the property’s Zoning District. Refer to Town Codes for Permitted Uses. Scroll to the bottom for Variances and additional Zoning Board information.

Building Dept. & Public Works

The Building Department and the Department of Public Works are listed together due to their close working relationship and the commonality of services to the community. Public Works Director Kurt Rappazzo, Building Inspector Terry Rech, and Diane Zavaglia help manage both of these departments. They oversee Town drainage issues, work with the Town’s contracted engineering firm, Costich Engineering, accept all Planning Board applications and serves as that board’s liaison.

Together these departments are responsible for the Town of Gates 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.

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 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 purchasing agent for all Buildings and Grounds.

If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please call the Building Department at 585-247-6100 – Main Ext. 413 or email us at

Zoning Board

Should your project not conform to the Town of Gates Zoning Ordinance, an applicant must follow the Variance application process and is 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 Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the second Monday of every month to hear an applicant’s request for a variance. View our Zoning Map, in printable forms section, to help determine the permitted uses for every property in Gates.

Variance Application Process: Please download the “Zoning Variance Application” from the printable forms section and contact Diane Zavaglia at (585) 247-6100 Ext. 243 for cut off dates and additional details.

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