Clerk’s Office

The Village Clerk’s office is open to the public from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Tuesday until 5:00 PM and Friday’s until 12:00 noon.  Payments and fees can be made by either cash or check – no credit/debit cards are accepted. A secure drop box is available 24 hours a day at the Police Door entrance. 

Village Clerk, Danielle Wagner 

Deputy Registrar, Nancy Black

The Clerk’s Office exists to support the administrative operations of the Village. Village Clerk  is responsible for maintaining all records of the village. They and their staff collect taxes , water and sewer payments, and are available to answer questions regarding village issues and policies. They attend all Board meetings and produce the minutes, a written record of said meetings. The Village Clerk is a Notary Public and is Chief Registrar for the village.

Water & Sewer
Water and sewer bills are mailed quarterly.

Permits/Licenses
The Clerk’s office also issues building permits, solicitor’s permits, business permits and licenses and bell jar licenses.

Building or Zoning Permit Application

Application for Solicitors Permit

Application for Birth Certificate

Application for Death Record

Birth and Death Certificates
Certified copies of birth and death certificates are $10 each.  All copies for births and deaths are kept in the Village, including those at Tri-County Hospital and the Gowanda Nursing Home. 

Birth and Death Certificates can be ordered via mail if necessary.  If ordering certificates via mail, please use the following procedure.

Birth Certificate Request

  • Enclose a written request with the following information: name on birth certificate, date of birth, hospital, father’s name, mother’s maiden name, contact phone number or submit Application for copy of Birth Record Form
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope 
  • Money order payable to the Village of Gowanda($10 per certificate)
  • Copy of valid government issued photo ID 
  • Proof of address if your address on your ID is not current and send to:

Village of Gowanda

27 East Main St

Gowanda NY 14070

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO OBTAIN A BIRTH CERTIFICATE COPY?

  • The person named on the birth certificate.
  • A parent of the person named on the birth certificate (requesting parent’s name must be listed on the birth certificate)
  • Only by order of a New York State Court or a Government agency for a legal or proper purpose may a spouse, child or other persons obtain a copy of a birth certificate.
  • If you have custody of a minor under the age of 18, you will need custody papers that are no older than 6 months otherwise you must obtain an updated copy from the court.
  • NYS Court Order

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS – application must be submitted with copies of EITHER  A or B:
A. One (1) of the following forms of valid photo ID:

  • Driver’s license with photo
  • Non-driver photo ID card
  • Passport
  • Nexus Pass
  • Pistol Permit
  • Other government issued photo ID
    OR

B. Five (5) of the following showing the applicant’s name and address:

  • A utility bill (gas, electric, phone, cable)
  • Current Paycheck stubs
  • Social Services card
  • Social Security card
  • Health Insurance card
  • Mortgage/Rental lease statement

Important Notes:  Failure to include necessary identification will result in rejection of your application.

Death Certificate Request

  • Enclose a written request with the following information: name on death certificate, date of death, place where death occurred, contact phone number or submit Application for Copy of Death Record
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope 
  • Money order payable to the Village of Gowanda ($10 per certificate)
  • Copy of valid government issued photo ID 
  • Proof of address if your address on your ID is not current and send to:

Village of Gowanda

27 East Main St

Gowanda NY 14070

Attorney Copies: Requests for death certificate copies by lawyers must be submitted on letterhead with check payable to City Clerk with a self addressed stamped envelope.

What is a lawful right or claim?

  • If the applicant is not the spouse, parent, child or sibling of the decedent, a lawful right or claim must be documented. An example of a lawful right or claim would be a death record needed by the applicant to claim a benefit. Documentation would consist of an official letter from the agency verifying that to process the claim they require from the applicant a copy of the requested death record.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO OBTAIN A DEATH CERTIFICATE COPY?

  • The informant, surviving spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased – child and sibling must prove relationship with birth certificate.

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS – application must be submitted with copies of EITHER A or B:

A. One (1) of the following forms of valid photo ID:

  • Driver’s license with photo
  • Non-driver photo ID card
  • Passport
  • Nexus Pass
  • Pistol Permit
  • Other government issued photo ID OR

B. Five (5) of the following showing the applicant’s name and address:

  • A utility bill (gas, electric, phone, cable)
  • Current Paycheck stubs
  • Social Services card
  • Social Security card
  • Health Insurance card
  • Mortgage/Rental lease statement

Important Notes:  Failure to include necessary identification will result in rejection of your application.

Any questions, feel free to call the Village Clerk’s Office at (716) 532-3353