Buffalo Common Council Proceedings

Sample page, 1861 Buffalo Common Council Proceedings

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

New!  Here is an index of building permits, 1887-1906, compiled by the librarians at The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library! They’re sorted into A-Z order by address/street name.

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1861
18641864
18791879
18801880
18811881
18841884
18851885
18881888
18911891
18921892
1895
19001900
19041904
19091909
1912
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919
1921
1922
1990-
present
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Need a year that has not been digitized? Here are the libraries who have them in hard copy.

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