Common Council Proceedings are a record of all of the motions, resolutions, and actions taken by Council at every meeting in a given year. They are important for architecture & house historians because the Buffalo Common Council used to approve building permits and then list them in the Proceedings. Finding the permit pretty conclusively dates a house or building.
To find a permit, browse the Index, which is at the front of each volume. You can also search the full text of a volume. Please be aware of these indexing practices:
- 1832-1886: Permits are scattered throughout the index under by surname, usually the property owner
- New! 1887-1906 index of building permits, compiled by the librarians at The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library! They’re sorted into A-Z order by address/street name. They were originally indexed by name of owner.
- 1907-1950: Permits are grouped in the index at the front of the book. Look for them under their own heading, Permits. They’re now listed in alphabetical order by street name.
- 1951: Council discontinued listing permits in the Proceedings after 1950
Need a year that has not been digitized? Here are the libraries who have them in hard copy.