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Curfew Ordinance

The ordinance was enacted for your protection and safety. Your parent(s) or guardian will be held responsible and could pay a fine of up to two hundred dollars ($200.00).

You are in violation of the curfew if you are doing the following:

  • If you are less than 17 years of age
  • Loiter, congregate, wander or play in or upon any public place the following hours:

Curfew Hours

Sunday — Thursday
11:00pm to 5:00am

Friday — Saturday
12:00am (Midnight) to 5:00am

What to Expect

  1. If the Police Officer believes that you are in violation of the curfew they will request identification.
  2. The following forms of identification are acceptable in establishing your identity:
    • N.Y. State Driver's License or N.Y.S Non-Driver's identification.
    • Social Service Card
    • Military I.D.
    • Buffalo Public School I.D.
    • Positive identification by a Police Officer
  3. The Police Officer will direct you to go home or
  4. Police Officer may take you home
  5. In some cases the Police Officer will take you to the District House.


  1. If you are on Public Property next to your home or neighbor's home and no one is complaining.
  2. If you are going in a direct route to or from work and have a note from your employer which includes the following:
    • Your name
    • Your Address
    • Your work Address
    • Name and Title of your Employer
    • Your hours of work
  3. If you are accompanied by your parent or guardian of legal age.
  4. If you are accompanied by an adult authorized by your parent/guardian.
  5. If you are on an emergency errand.
  6. If coming home in direct route from an adult supervised activity.
  7. When the minor is in a motor vehicle w/ parrental or guardian consent for normal travel and interstate travel.