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Pistol Permit

The Pistol Permit office is instrumental in the record keeping of all Pistol Permit activity and files for the County. All pistol permit related transactions go through this office, with an original application being housed in the County Clerk’s Office. New York State also receives a copy of the application, as well as one being kept in the Pistol Permit Office. Pistol Permits for Chautauqua County residents are under terms and regulations of NYS laws. 


Once an applicant completes an application, pistol safety course & background investigation, final approval /denial of a permit is the decision of Supreme Court Judge Cass or County Court Judge Foley.

You must be 21 years of age & be a resident of Chautauqua County

to apply for a permit.

Applicants with an arrest within 5 years may be denied!

Chautauqua Co. Sheriff’s Office

Pistol Permit Division

3 North Erie Street

P.O. Box 128

Mayville NY 14757

By Appointment Only

Office Hours:

Mon – Thurs

8:30am – Noon

1pm – 4pm

Give us a call and we will be happy to help you!



  • You must have instruction in the safe handling of pistols

  • Firearms Instructor must be certified & County approved

  • Certificate must be turned in with the application

  • Certificate expires after one (1) year

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