Department Navigation

→New Businesses: Please download “New Business Occupants,” from the printable forms section, to guide you through the process of opening a new business in the Town of Gates.

→Vacant Land or Planning Board Questions: Please contact the Director of Public Works, Kurt Rappazzo, at (585) 247-6100 Ext. 245, to discuss the Planning Board process.

→Building Permits:  Permits and project information can be found in the printable forms section. Please refer to 2nd page of the “Building Permit Application,” for the permit process, documentation requirements, and current contacts.

→Zoning Districts: Download the “Zoning Map” in printable forms section, to identify the property’s Zoning Districts. Please refer to Town Codes section to search each District’s Permitted & Conditional Uses. Contact the Building Department at 585-247-6100 – Main Ext. 413, if you have any questions.

→Code Violations & Dogs: Contact the Code Enforcement Officer & Dog Warden, Mic Silivestro, at 585-247-6100 – Ext. 279 for questions or complaints relating code violations or dog related questions. Please contact New York State’s DEC for all other types of animal questions, complaints, safety concerns or critter removal.

→Property Record Requests: Please refer to FOIL Request and Zoning Compliance Letter section, under online services, for property record requests or Zoning Compliance Letters.

→Home Improvement Grant Applications: Grant Application and income guidelines may be found by visiting Monroe County’s website, at (In the event their website changes, please search the web for “Monroe County Home Improvement”)

Public Works & Building Department

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, Diane Zavaglia and Natalie Molinaro 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 additional details.

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