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Building Department

The primary purpose of the Building Department is to ensure building safety through the enforcement of municipal, state and federal regulations and codes. All plans for development are first reviewed by the department for adherence to regulatory statutes. Upon approval of proposed plans, permits are issued that allow for the construction and alteration of structures. Throughout the building process, field inspectors visit active work sites reviewing work and approving various stages of construction. Final inspections signal the end of the review process with new or renovated buildings receiving a formal certificate of occupancy, which allows the structure to become occupied.

The primary Divisions of the Building Department are:

  • Building Code Enforcement
  • Plumbing Code Enforcement
  • Electrical Code Enforcement
  • Fire Safety Code Enforcement
  • Property Maintenance Code Enforcement
  • Building Maintenance of Town Owned Facilities

Assisting Residents and Developers

Additionally, the department assists residents and developers with understanding ordinances and regulations that affect construction in Amherst. The following is a list of informational services that are also provided:

  • Handling Complaints About Zoning, Building, Property Maintenance or other Local Laws
  • Making Special Flood Hazard (SFHA) Determinations
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program
  • Investigating Fire Scenes
  • Juvenile Fire Setter Program

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About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Town of Amherst ADA Coordinators are Robert McCarthy (Director of Human Resources) and Mark Berke (Commissioner of Buildings).

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  • General Information:
    (716) 631-7000
  • Email:
  • Address:
    Municipal Building (Town Hall)
  • 5583 Main Street
  • Williamsville, NY 14221