West Seneca Town Hall
1250 Union Rd Room 210
United States

Code Enforcement

John Gullo:

Department Head /
Code Enforcement Officer
558-3238 Email: jgullo@twsny.org

Jeffrey Schieber
Code Enforcement Officer
558-3241 Email: jschieber@twsny.org

Jeffrey Baksa
Asst. Code Enforcement Officer
558-3237 Email: jbaksa@twsny.org

Doug Busse
Housing Inspector
558-3260 Email: dbusse@twsny.org

Carol Mager
Clerk Typist
558-3242 Email: cmager@twsny.org

Room 210
1250 Union Road

Phone: (716) 558-3242
Fax:     (716) 677-4488

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm                      


Mission Statement
Code Enforcement is committed to enforcing the Town of West Seneca's ordinances to abate and prevent nuisances within the community, through the inspection of commercial and residential properties in order to uphold and enforce codes and community standards thereby maintaining the town's high standards of curb appeal.

Department Responsibilities

  • Site plan review for Town Zoning compliance
  • Building plan review for N.Y.S. Code compliance
  • Field Inspections during construction of building


Fire Inspections

State Law mandates every industrial, commercial, and multiple dwelling be inspected once a year and follow up corrective inspections must be made if necessary.


Property Maintenance

The Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of Property Maintenance which inludes

  • Junk Cars
  • High Grass
  • Garbage and Debris
  • Nuisances


Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, Gas Inserts & Pellet Stoves 

All stoves and fireplaces require a Building Permit.
A Property Survey and a stove/fireplace specification sheet are required to apply for permit.
All units must be UL Listed or they can not be installed.

Two inspections are required:

  • Rough Inspection
  • Final Inspection

When inspections are successful, you will receive a Certificate of Code Compliance
Inspectors are available from 9:00 - 10:00AM and 1:00 - 2:00PM




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Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

The 'Moo' myth

Like any good story, the 'case of the cow' has some truth to it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. O'Leary kept her five milking cows. But there is no proof that O'Leary was in the barn when the fire broke out - or that a jumpy cow sparked the blaze. Mrs. O'Leary herself swore that she'd been in bed early that night, and that the cows were also tucked in for the evening.

But if a cow wasn't to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others believed that a neighbor of the O'Leary's may have started the fire. Some people have speculated that a fiery meteorite may have fallen to earth on October 8, starting several fires that day - in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in Chicago.

The biggest blaze that week

While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn't the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended.

Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, the fast-moving flames were whipping through the area 'like a tornado,' some survivors said. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed.

Halloween Safety tips


Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it is also an important time to be extra vigilant for possible safety hazards so that your children have a fun and safe Halloween.

Some tips to make Halloween safe include:


Parent Tips  

  • Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of five of these fires were started by a candle. Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.
  • Do not use open flame candles in jack-o-lanterns. Commercially available battery lights are much safer and do not pose a fire hazard.
  • Tell your children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • An adult should always accompany children under 12 years of age.
  • Parents should never let their children carve a pumpkin unsupervised.
  • Do not hand out homemade or unwrapped candies to children.
  • Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents before eating any treats. Don't send them out on an empty stomach.
  • Parents should plan a route for your child to use while trick-or-treating and set an early return time for your child.
  • To welcome trick-or-treaters, switch on your porch lights or any exterior lights.

Trick or Treat Tips

  • Do not go inside anyone's house. Remain on the stoop or porch at all times.
  • Do not go into a stanger's automobile.
  • Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
  • Walk don't run.
  • When crossing the street look both ways. Do not cross in between cars.
  • Always use the sidewalk.
  • Trick-or-treat on well-lit streets within your neighborhood.
  • Children should always travel in a group.
  • Use the buddy system, and make sure you have at least one buddy with you the entire evening.
  • When you return home, have an adult examine and discard all candies that are not factory sealed or wrapped by the candy manufacturer. Never eat homemade or unwrapped treats.
  • Children should carry and know how to use a cell phone in case of an emergency.

Costume Tips

  • Only purchase and use flame retardant costumes.
  • Children should wear white, reflective clothing, or use reflective tape and carry either a flashlight or glow stick.
  • Costumes should fit properly avoid loose or baggy costumes.
  • Avoid any type of open flame while wearing costume.
  • Encourage children to wear face paint as oppose to a mask. Face paint should be non-toxic and meet FDA standards.
  • If mask is worn, make sure that the eye, mouth and nose openings are large enough to ensure adequate breathing and full range vision.
  • Children should never carry sharp objects. Ensure that all props are made of material that is flexible and non realistic looking.
  • Materials made of 100% polyester or mod acrylics are best for making homemade costumes. They are less flammable.
  • REMEMBER - A flame-retardant costume does not mean that it is fire proof. Always keep your costume away from any type of open flame or other heat sources.

Tips for Motorists

  • Be aware of children darting out between parked automobiles.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Use caution while entering and exiting driveways.
  • During twilight and evening hours be mindful of children in dark costumes.
  • Never use your cell phone while driving.
  • Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.  
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Change your clocks - Change your batteries 

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Sunday, November 2, 2014
          Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 AM     

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Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery!



Emergency escape plan

Escape grid

Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

In 2012, there were an estimated 365,000 reported home structure fires and 2,380 associated civilian deaths in the United States.


Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. 

Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

         For easy planning, download NFPA's escape planning grid.Safety Tip                                  Read NFPA's escape planning tips and download our free safety tip sheet.



 Literature/ Handouts


Accessory Structures

Alternate Sump Pump Discharge Handout

Approved Fire Pit Handout

Building Department Fee Schedule  

Building Department Inspection Sheet

Building Permit Application Requirements

Building Permit Information Sheet

Candle Safety

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Christmas Tree Safety

Clothes Dryer Safety

Complait Flowchart Handout

Cooking Safety

Electrical Safety

Electronic Signs

Escape Planning

Fee Schedule 2014

Fence Handout

Fire Safety in Manufactured Homes

Fire Watch

Fireplace Safety

Generator Safety

Grilling Safety

Heating Safety

Home Fire Sprinklers

Home Occupancy Application

Home Safety for People with Disabilities

Inspection Requirement Sheet

Lightning Safety

Microwave Oven Safety

Pool Alarm Handout

Pool and Hot Tub Pre-Inspection Checklist

Pool Fences

Pool Requirements Handout

Powerline Safety Handout

Property Line Requirements Handout

Rat Control Handout

Residential Backup Generator

Re-Zoning and Special Permit Process

Road and Sidewalk Maintenance

Sign Regulations

Siteplan Review Process

Smoke Alarm Safety at Home

Smoking and Home Fire Safety

Snow Plowing

Stormwater Retention Pond

Sump Pump-Gutter Piping System

West Seneca Sign Ordinance

Winter Furnace Safety

Winter Holiday Safety

Zoning Board of Appeals Procedure

Zoning Board of Appeals Sign-Off Sheet