Zoning Enforcement

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update:

Beginning Tuesday, October 13th, 2020, the Town Hall will be open to the public by while our community continues to practice social distancing. We ask you to please allow for extended processing times during this period. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

We are encouraging applications via email or mail. Please click the appropriate form link below:

Zoning Permit Form, Zoning Amendment Form, Generator Form, Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals Form.

Zoning Enforcement Staff will be available Tuesdays and Wednesdays for walk in service from 8 AM to 1 PM and by appointment Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 AM to 1 PM. Please contact Zoning Enforcement at (203-622-7753) or zenforcementcounter@greenwichct.org to make an appointment.


If you project also requires a Building Permit, you should follow their instructions as to when and how to file with them by clicking here.

Due to the various staffing needs of each department you will need to coordinate with them if you plan on visiting them prior to or after your appointment.

We will do our best to make files and Department materials available digitally, upon request.

Hours and services are subject to change.

General Information

This office is the enforcement arm of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and enforces the Town of Greenwich Building Zone Regulations (BZRs). We are located within the Division of Building Inspection for logistical purposes relating to building permits and historic building records.

The Zoning Enforcement Department has 7 members:

  • One (1) Part-Time Zoning Inspector
  • Three (3) Part-Time Administrative Staff Assistant II
  • Zoning Enforcement Officer
  • Two (2) Zoning Inspector / Nuisance Abatement Officer
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Zoning Permits

Every application for a  zoning permit and some licensed trade permits must be first reviewed for zoning compliance before the Division of Building Inspection will accept the application for their own review and issuance. The Zoning Enforcement Officer as well as the Building Official must sign all certificates of occupancy before becoming effective. This process is handled through a Zoning Permit and Zoning Certificate of Occupancy (CO) sign-off.

Building Zone Regulations

In addition to review of zoning permits, the Zoning Enforcement Office investigates violations of the Building Zone Regulations, which may include location of structures, illegal dwelling units, illegal uses of property, sign violations, site plan violations, and coastal flood hazard violations. The Zoning Enforcement Office attempts to work cooperatively with the person responsible for a zoning violation in order to achieve compliance with the Building Zone Regulations. If, after a series of notices, the violation has not been addressed, the matter is referred to the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution, additional civil litigation may also be initiated.

Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Enforcement Office also acts as the staff for the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals. For that reason the Planning and Zoning Board Appeal applications are received at the Zoning Enforcement Office in the Division of Building Inspection. The staff prepares public hearing agendas, attends all Board hearings, and maintains the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals records.

Additional information about the Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals, including a list of members and their annual schedule, can be found on the website here.