Welcome to Rome City Hall. Here you have access to each of our city departments, important forms, permits, applications and other important news. Here is a quick rundown of our departments and their responsibilities:
The Department of Administrative Services provides the city’s Human Resource management and Civil Service administration. Among the activities carried out include personnel recruitment and selection; orientation; benefit administration; dissemination of labor union agreements, employment policies and procedures; assistance with issues involving labor relations and contractual negotiations; personnel file maintenance; federal and state employment reporting; disability; and workers’ compensation.
The Assessor’s Office annually compiles the City assessment roll consisting of an assessed value for each of the City’s 13,258 properties. Assessments are based on a percentage of the market value of each property and are used to compute annual tax bills for the city, school and county taxes. The Assessor’s Office processes various applications for tax exemptions each year which includes S.T.A.R, Enhanced S.T.A.R, senior citizens, capital improvements to residential property, commercial, business, or industrial property, veterans, non-profit and new home construction exemptions.
The Office of the City Clerk serves as a direct link between the residents and their local government. The Clerk is the official custodian of all City records (as the City’s Records Management Officer), the City Seal, the Charter and Code Book, and keeper of the time clock. In addition, the City Clerk administers oaths of office for elected officials and appointments to the City Boards and Commissions.
The City Clerk serves as Clerk to the Rome Common Council and Board of Estimate & Contract. Once legislation is drafted by Corporation Council, the City Clerk prepares the agendas for the meetings and records the proceedings.
In addition, the City Clerk is responsible for the issuance of a vast array of licenses and permits including alarm permits, amusement device permits, auctioneer permits, bingo/bell jar/games of chance/raffle licenses, dog licenses, fireworks display permits, going out of business licenses, marriage licenses, pawnbroker/secondhand dealer permits, peddler/solicitor/transient merchant permits, scrap and salvage permits, sound amplification permits, and taxi business/driver/vehicle licenses.
The Code Enforcement office is responsible for enforcement of building codes, the zoning code, and the issuance of building permits and their required inspections. The City of Rome Common Council has adopted the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code for the administration and enforcement of all construction and maintenance of new and existing properties.
Community & Economic Development
The Department of Community and Economic Development (CED) initiates and implements strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs; promote and increase tourism and cultural development; revitalize and bring amenities to neighborhoods; ensure quality housing; and streamline and improve services and responsiveness to the needs of residents, businesses and organizations.
Office of the Corporation Counsel
The Corporation Counsel acts as the legal advisor of the Common Council and of the several officers, boards and departments of the City. The Corporation Counsel shall appear for and protect the rights and interest of the City in all actions, suits and proceedings brought by and against it or any City officer, board or department.
Office of Vital Statistics
The Registrar of Vital Statistics Office is responsible for the filing of all births and deaths that occur within the City of Rome. Vital Records are maintained according to the requirements with certified copies of the certificates associated with these events. Non-certified copies of older certificates are available for genealogical research. For persons doing family histories, our office has records on file dating from the year 1882. These records are stamped “for genealogical purposes only“.
Parks & Recreation
The mission of the City of Rome Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Activities is to provide diversified recreation programs and facilities for all our citizens in a safe and enjoyable environment. The department oversees Rome’s 25 parks, 13 playgrounds, 5 pools and municipal ice arena as well as runs more than 100 recreation programs and activities for residents of all ages.
The Department of Public Safety oversees the operations and budgets of the Police Department, Fire Department and Animal Control Departments. It is also responsible for all aspects related to the public safety of the residents of the City of Rome.
The Department of Public Works is comprised of many different divisions that all work to repair and maintain the transportation, electrical, water and mechanical infrastructures of the City of Rome. The department’s many sub-divisions include: Central Maintenance; City Yard; Electrical; Engineering; Parking; Traffic Maintenance; Transportation; Trash and Green Waste Collection; Wastewater Treatment Facility; and Water Filtration.
The City of Rome Purchasing Department is responsible for the purchase of all materials, supplies and equipment required by the City. The department ensures that purchases are executed following the City’s Charter procedures as well as New York State Law. This involves processing purchase requisitions, purchase orders, preparing specifications for contracts, conducting the competitive bidding process and awarding contracts.
The Treasurer’s Office provides comprehensive financial management to the City of Rome. The Department’s major functions are: tax billing and collection; accounting and finance reporting; citywide financial activities; disbursements; payroll; budgeting; and financial policy and administration.
For more information about any of the various City departments or their functions or to access forms, applications or other paperwork, click on the attached links.
You may also come to City Hall in person. City Hall is located at 198 N. Washington St. and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.