City of Buffalo

The Division of Development in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning strives to make doing business in Buffalo as seamless as possible.


Description of Services The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning, a division within the City’s Executive Department, coordinates economic development activities throughout the City of Buffalo. The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning is subdivided into four divisions: Development, Real Estate, Planning & Zoning, and Environmental Affairs. The Division of Development works directly with the business community and real estate developers. The Division of Real Estate handles real estate transactions related to City-owned property, including the sale of real property owned by the City of Buffalo, including vacant lots, residential structures, and capital assets such as decommissioned schools and fire houses. The Division of Planning & Zoning oversees the administration of the City’s development regulatory boards (Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation Board) and engages the community in planning initiatives. The Division of Environmental Affairs handles matters related to state and federal environmental review, implementation of state and federal environmental land use laws, and oversees the Environmental Management Commission.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)
  • Revitalization (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
Contact Information
Trevor Griffis
65 Niagara Square
Room 901, City Hall
Buffalo, NY 14202