CitiStat Buffalo

Housing Court Cases

Dive into information regarding all housing court cases that reach arraignment and are adjudicated in Buffalo Housing Court by scrolling over the interactive graphs and charts below. 
The New York State Legislature created the Buffalo Housing Court in 1978. The Housing Court has the duty to protect and promote the public interest and may fashion innovative remedies for the thousands of code violation cases it handles each year. Pursuant to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and applicable chapters of the City Charter, the Department of Permit & Inspection Services (DPIS) issues violations against conditions on properties that have been verified to violate the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and City ordinances. Violations are issued when an inspection verifies that a violation exists. The Buffalo Housing Court is dedicated to treating each problem property in its neighborhood context and solving the underlying causes of abandonment, degradation, and distress in the community.
To learn more about the Department of Permit and Inspection Services, head over to the Department of Permit and Inspection Services website. To view current and/or archived New York State building standards and codes, see the International Code Council and New York State Building Standards and Codes web pages. To see City of Buffalo ordinances, view our City Charter and Buffalo Green Code. To report a code violation, click here. For additional information on a particular violation, please contact the Department of Permit and Inspection Services office by calling 716-851-4949. For additional information on Buffalo Housing Court, refer to their New York Court's webpage or call 716-845-2642.

Open Housing Court Cases
The map below displays cases with an open status. 
Adjust the drop-down menus in the search bar to filter your map by status or resolution. 
Open Housing Court Cases by Neighborhood
Open Housing Court Cases Written For Court
In The Past 6 Months
This map breaks classes on natural groupings inherent in the data. Class breaks are identified that best group similar values and maximize the difference between classes, so boundaries are set where there are relatively big differences in the data values. 
This heat map shows the geographic distribution of open housing court cases for code violations written by the inspector within the past 6 months. The writing of the code violation for court marks the first step in the arraignment process.

Closed Housing Court Cases By Resolution Grouped By Neighborhood

Housing Court Cases Written By Year (2010 - Present)

Department of Permit and Inspection Services
The Department of Permit and Inspection Services oversees all development and uses on private property in the City of Buffalo, ranging from a new patio in a residential backyard to the construction of a new multi-story office building. Their mission is to guide residents and property owners through the license and/or permit process. They review and inspect projects to ensure safety and compliance with the New York State Building and Fire Code, the Buffalo Green Code, and all other appropriate codes or ordinances.
The Department of Permit and Inspection Services responds to code violations on consistently non-compliant properties/owners with tickets, board-ups, clean & cut requests, or referral to housing court.