Small Claims & Commercial Claims - Buffalo City Court

Location & Hours

Buffalo City Court Building
50 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Filing: 1st floor (Judgment Room)
Courtroom: Part 15 (7th floor)

Phone: 716-845-2663

Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The court is closed on all state holidays.

Please note: Claims may be filed in person, by mail using a certified check or money order, or by the Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS). Claims CANNOT be filed by email or fax.  If there are questions please contact the Court for instructions on how to file.

Small Claims Filing Instructions

1.  Complete the claim form
You can print the form below and fill it out or complete the form as a fillable PDF and save it.

City Court Small Claims Universal Claim Form

If you will be filing by mail or by EDDS, the claim should be accompanied by an Acknowledgment completed by a Notary Public 

Acknowledgment Form

2.  Deliver the form to the Court
Once the Claim form is completed it can be delivered with the filing fee to the court

3.  Paying the filing fee
Small Claim: $15.00 for claims of $1,000.00 or less; $20.00 for claims of $1,001.00 - $5,000.00 (maximum); Commercial Claim: $25.00 plus postage for each Respondent – please contact the Court you are filing in to determine the postage cost per Respondent.

Payment can be made by certified check, money order or in person with a credit card or cash.
Further Information available in the NYS Small Claims Handbook 

Court Staff

Jaina Coles

Legal Staff
Alice Patterson

Mary Kosmerl



Guide to Small Claims in the NYS City, Town & Village Courts