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Home > City Departments > Citizens Services > 311 Call and Resolution Center > Frequently Asked City Ordinances

Frequently Asked City Ordinances

THIS FLYER IS INTENDED TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW CITY ORDINANCES THAT RELATE TO YOUR “QUALITY OF LIFE”. MOST OF THE ORDINANCES BELOW HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR YEARS, YET YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH THEM.

  • OPEN FIRES (66-19) - No person shall kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open, unconfined fire on or in any street or public place or public grounds or upon any private premises in the City.
  • ATV’s & OTHER VEHICLES (309)-37) - No Person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), or any vehicle that is not street legal within a park at any time.
  • NOISE (293) - It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue, cause to be made or permit to be made, any unreasonable noise within the City of Buffalo.
  • DOGS/LICENSING -New York State Law requires dogs over 4 months of age to be licensed by the City of Buffalo.
  • DOGS/RESTRICTIONS ON KEEPING ( number of dogs) (78-19) - The maximum allowable number of dogs on a premises classified as a single or double family residence or any commercial property shall be three for the entire premise. Dogs must be over four months of age to be considered.
  • DOGS/ RUNNING AT LARGE (78-18) -  Each owner of a dog shall restrain such dog so as to prevent it from leaving the premises of such owner. A dog may, however, be taken off the premises of its owner when securely held in a leash.
  • DOG/RESTRICTIONS ON KEEPING (dog clean-up) (78-19) - It shall be the duty of every dog owner or person having possession, custody, or control of a dog to remove any feces left by said dog on any property within the City of Buffalo and deposit the feces in a sealed container lawfully used for the disposal or refuse.
  • PLACEMENT OF GARBAGE MATERIAL FOR COLLECTION (216-14) - No person shall deposit or leave in any public street, curbline or public place any garbage, unless the same is in proper receptacles, no earlier than 7:00p.m on the evening prior to the day of the regular collection. All city-issued receptacles shall be removed from the street or curbline following public collection and shall not be left in the street or curbline after 8:00p.m. on the day of regular collection. All garbage receptacles shall be kept in the rear yards and may not be stored in the front of properties, unless authorization is received from the Commissioner of Public Works and Streets.