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.
The volumes listed here are online in full text.
|How To Find a Permit in Buffalo Common Council Proceedings|
|1832-1886||Turn to the index at the front of the book. Building permits are |
scattered throughout the index by surname, usually that of the
property owner. Watch for your street name.
|1887-1906||New! 1887-1906 index of building permits, online courtesy of |
the librarians at The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. They’re
sorted into A-Z order by address/street name. In the original
volumes, they were indexed by name of owner.
|1907-1950||Turn to the index at the front of the book. Look for them under |
their own heading, Permits. They are listed in alphabetical order
by street name. Council discontinued listing permits in the
Proceedings after 1950.
|These permits are now searchable at the City of Buffalo’s Open |
What about volumes that are not online? These libraries have them in hard copy.
Did your street get renamed after your house was built? Here’s a list of street name changes in Buffalo.
And since you read this far, let me assure you that Buffalo City Hall has not lost any records in a fire.