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
- 1887-1906: Permits are grouped together in the index at the front of the book. Look for them under their own heading, Permits. They’re listed in alphabetical order by surname, usually the property 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.