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.




During the holidays the kitchen can be an especially busy place and children love helping out and being involved. With all the activity going on in the kitchen sometimes safety is overlooked.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking the turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove when in use.
  • Keep the floor clear to avoid tripping.
  • Keep knives out of reach of children.
  • Make sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter within reach of a child.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

DANGERS of Turkey Deep Frying

Whether you are experienced at frying a turkey or trying it for the first time, this can be dangerous. We would like to remind you of some safety guidelines when frying your turkey this year.

State Farm teamed up with William Shatner to produce a short video dramatizing an actual accident where the celebrity was burned in a turkey fryer mishap on Thanksgiving.      

Read and follow the instruction that came with your fryer.

  • Do not leave the fryer unattended.
  • Pay close attention to the thermostat. Some units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Place the fryer on a flat surface.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer.
  • Use well insulated oven mitts or heavy gloves when handling the fryer.
  • If possible, use goggles to protect your eyes from oil spray.
  • Do not overfill the fryer.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before placing it in the fryer.
  • Never use water or ice to cool down oil.
  • If your oil becomes overheated, turn off the heat and wait for it to cool down.
  • Turkey fryers should only be used outdoors at a safe distance from buildings.
  • Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a wooden deck.

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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