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Posted on: July 26, 2021

Mayor Brown Reminds Buffalo Residents That Buffalo City Hall has Reopened for Walk-In Visits

Buffalo City Hall

Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today reminded residents Buffalo City Hall reopened to the public on a walk-in basis.

“This is a huge and exciting milestone in the City of Buffalo’s COVID recovery process. While many City services were available by appointment-only for the past year, as of today the doors of City Hall will reopen to the public,” Mayor Brown said. “Masks are required for unvaccinated visitors, but no proof of vaccination will be required. We believe our residents will do the right thing to protect themselves and their fellow residents.”

Masks are still recommended for those that are fully vaccinated but will not be required. Security will be relying on the honor system.

Throughout the pandemic, City staffers have continued to work on behalf of Buffalo residents both remotely and in-person to maintain a high level of services. Limited in-person services have been available since July 6, 2020, with uninterrupted on-line services.

The following City departments will be open to the public without an appointment, effective July 26:

  • Treasury
  • Tax and Assessment
  • City Clerk
  • User Fee
  • Parking Violations
  • Permit and Inspection Services
  • Public Works
  • Real Estate
  • Planning
  • Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency
  • Civil Service
  • Corporation Counsel

In addition to walk-in services, City Hall’s lobby and the inside of the observation deck will once again be open for visiting and touring. The outer walkway of the observation deck will remain closed for repairs from damage it sustained during a recent storm.

Buffalo City Hall hours will be 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday with access through all public entrances. The City Clerk’s office recommends that the public call ahead to 851-5444 for marriage licenses.


Buffalo Police Athletic League’s PlayStreets Free Sports and Recreation Series Moves into Week #3


This week PlayStreets sessions will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday late afternoons at the JFK Recreation Center, 114 Hickory St. There are free activities for kids of all ages and all abilities and participants will receive free sports equipment and nutritious snacks in a safe and supportive environment.

The PlayStreets series kicked off the week of July 12 and runs through the week of August 20.

Buffalo PAL PlayStreets is presented by Independent Health, with support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and in partnership with City of Buffalo Block Clubs. The goal of PlayStreets is to inspire youth to stay healthy, active and fit.


PlayStreets events will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (weather permitting) through the week of August 15th:

Week #3- July 27-29, JFK Recreation Center, 114 Hickory St.

Week #4- August 3-5, Massachusetts Avenue Park, 378 Massachusetts Avenue Week #5- August 10-12, Sperry Park, Behind BPS School #31, Sherman Street Week #6- August 17-19, Hillery Park, Mineral Springs Road

Pre-registration is requested at:


Scrapbooking with the City’s Division of Senior Services


The Division of Senior Services is taking the time-honored hobby of scrapbooking and putting a new twist on it. The goals of the new initiative are:


  • To provide seniors with a recreational activity that can be engaged in from the home.
  • To provide a neutral type of activity that doesn’t require physical exertion.
  • Help provide good memory improvement and boost self-esteem.
  • Create a vehicle for multi-generation family involvement and socializing.


The program will teach seniors how to create a digital scrapbook which can be shared with family and friends. Participants will receive a free scrapbooking starter kit.


For more information on the new program, contact Patricia Cassell - or Executive Director Douglas Ruffin -


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