To ensure a continuing supply of new telephone numbers, the New York Public Service Commission has approved an all-services area code overlay for the 716 area code region. The 716 area code is in the western portion of New York and includes all or parts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties, and serves communities including, but not limited to, Buffalo, Jamestown, Cheektowaga, Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, and West Seneca. The new 624 area code will serve the same geographic area currently served by the existing 716 area code.
What is an area code overlay?
An overlay is the addition of another area code (624) to the same geographic region as an existing area code region (716). The overlay does not require you to change your existing area code or phone number, or how you dial your calls. You will continue to dial the area code and phone number for all local calls, as you do today, within and between the 716 and new 624 area codes.
Who will be affected and when does the new 624 area code become effective?
Beginning November 16, 2023, customers in the 716 area code overlay region may be assigned a number in the new 624 area code when they request new service or an additional line. Customers receiving a 624 area code will be required to dial the area code and phone number for all local calls, just as customers with telephone numbers from the 716 area code do today.