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203-622-7885 (Phone)203-618-7655 (Fax)EmailReturn to the Assessor's page
Call the Assessor's Office and provide them with your name, phone number and the nature of the error. An appraiser will follow up on the request by calling you and if necessary, setting up a date and time for an inspection of the property to correct the record.
In Connecticut, property tax rates are expressed in Mills, or thousandths of a dollar. A property tax rate of 7.500 mills, .0075 expressed in decimal form, or .75% expressed as a percent of assessed value, results in the payment of $7.50 for each $1,000 of the properties assessed value. The Board of Estimate and Taxation sets the mill rate in May of every year in time for the July tax billing.
A record of characteristics of land and buildings was collected and verified. This included defining neighborhoods within the Town. Factors such as the size of the lot and special features were considered. Also, the dwelling is analyzed by:
Information on new construction, additions and remodeling was obtained. Outbuildings such as garages and swimming pools were noted. Other factors that have either a positive or negative impact on value from a buyer's perspective were also considered. Sales were verified and analyzed. A valuation model was created for improvements and land. Values were assigned to building areas and physical depreciation and functional obsolescence were subtracted to reach a net value for the buildings, and then the value of the land was added to reach a market value for the property.
After model values were applied, a field review of each property was conducted. Commercial properties were valued using the income approach to value that takes into consideration market rents, typical expenses and vacancy rates, and capitalization rates based upon what a typical investor in income-producing property would expect for return of, return on and risk involved in particular types of properties. The special use properties and those where there were not enough income or sales data were valued by the cost approach. The approach basically adds the replacement cost less depreciation of the structures on a lot to the land value to arrive at an estimated market value.
The assessed value is 70% of the appraised market value and is used as the basis for determining the property taxes. Market value is the typical price that a willing buyer would pay a willing seller if the property were offered on the open market, granted the buyer and seller are not related in any way or under any pressure to buy or sell.
The property tax is designed as an "ad valorem" tax, which means it is a tax based on the value of the property. An owner of a $1,000,000 property should pay twice as much in taxes as the owner of a $500,000 property. The market value of property is the standard that is used to determine one's fair share.
You may find the assessments and sales records in binders at the counter. Or property information can be accessed at the public computer terminals in the Assessor's office. You can print field cards for properties. That information includes various details about the parcel:
Information is provided in the Assessor's section of the Town's website.
Property owners should check their assessment record to see if any errors in data or property characteristics are present. The Assessor will correct errors if found.
If property owners are not satisfied with the results, they may apply for a hearing with the Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) pursuant to Connecticut General Statute (C.G.S.) §12-111. Applications may be obtained at the Assessor's Office or on the Town's website. Appeals to the Board must be in writing on the prescribed application and postmarked or hand-delivered to the designated BAA office in Town Hall on or before February 20th.
A revaluation is an updating of all real property values as of October 1st. A revaluation consists of appraising the value of the properties, both taxable and exempt, using recent sales, building costs and income and expense information from similar property types. All real estate is revalued including:
Senior homeowners, age 65 years of age or older, who meet the eligibility guidelines, may qualify to receive Local or State property tax credits. Owners of condominiums and co-operative apartments are also eligible. Applications are available and accepted between February 1st and May 15th. Please contact the Assessor's Office for complete filing details and forms.
Veterans who file their DD-214 papers with the Town Clerk prior to October 1st of each year will receive a property tax exemption on either real estate or a motor vehicle.
A Veteran who is entitled to a disability pension, as determined by the Veterans Administration, is eligible for a Disabled Veterans Exemption.
Members of the armed forces on active duty may be eligible to have one passenger motor vehicle exempt from property tax.
Please contact the Assessor's Office for further information.
Connecticut Assessors use the NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) appraisal guide for automobile valuations. The assessed value of the motor vehicle is 70% of the published average retail selling price.
Automobile owners who disagree with the assessment may appear at the September meeting of the Board of Assessment Appeals.
Each of the two major political parties in Town nominate six candidates. If the candidates are not challenged in a party primary, the candidates' names are placed on the ballot in November and are elected. The party receiving the majority of votes cast for BET candidates assumes the BET chairmanship and vice chairmanship positions.
The BET ensures that there is proper financial administration throughout the Town. It also is responsible for an annual Town budget, which is reviewed by the First Selectman and the BET, prior to being presented for approval to the RTM. In addition, the BET appoints the Town Controller and Town Assessor.
You can read or get your own copy of the ethics code (PDF).
If you are covered by the Code and have a specific question about how it applies to you, you may request an Advisory Opinion from the Board of Ethics.
The Board of Ethics has provided a detailed set of general answers to frequently asked questions about the code. For detailed answers to frequently asked general questions about the Ethics Code please click on the subject matter that you are interested in below:
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The Greenwich Commission on Aging publishes, and regularly updates, a Resource Guide for Older Adults (PDF) which includes listings for:
The booklet is also available at the Commission on Aging office.
The Commission on Aging office can assist an older adult to connect with TAG, Call-A-Ride, Share-The-Fare Taxi, or other specialized transportation services by calling 203-862-6710. You may also download the Transportation Guide (PDF).
The Health Insurance Counseling Program, a cooperative effort of the Commission on Aging and Family Centers, Inc. has trained volunteers who can help you understand the various Medicare, Medigap and Medicare D policies and their premium costs. The service is free and appointments can be scheduled by calling 203-867-6710.
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The Community Development Office manages the Town's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. CDBG is an annual entitlement grant program through which federal U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding is allocated to municipal and area non-profit organizations for the purpose of addressing the needs of the local community. Funding is intended to support programs and organizations working to create viable neighborhoods, decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanded economic opportunities for persons of low- and moderate-incomes.
Non-profit and municipal organizations may apply for a grant to address identified needs of low- and moderate-income Greenwich residents. The Town's CDBG Program Year runs from July 1st through June 30th annually. The allocation calendar/timeline generally follows the below:
203-622-6461 (Phone)203-622-3795 (Fax)
Patricia Sesto, Director of Environmental Affairs
Aleksandra Moch, Environmental Analyst
Sarah Coccaro, Conservation Resource Manager
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Under the direction of the First Selectman, the Town has a water supply work group that includes the Conservation Director, the Director of Health and the Fire Chief which looks at both public and private supplies. Approximately 60% of Greenwich residents are served by the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut. The other 40% rely on private wells. The Conservation Director serves as the liaison between the Town and the water company and monitors the water supply on a daily basis throughout the year.
In addition, all three of the land use agencies (Planning and Zoning, Inland Wetlands, and Conservation) consider public drinking water supply issues during the land use regulatory process. For more information on water supply and drought management issues in Greenwich visit our Water Supply and Conservation page.
The Conservation Commission is responsible for keeping an inventory of open space in Town most recently completed for the 2002 Open Space Plan. The Conservation Director works closely with other Town departments and non-profit agencies on open space protection and management strategies; and serves as staff to the First Selectman's Land Acquisition Committee. Open Space protection strategies include acquisition and conservation easements. For more information on open space protection in Greenwich contact the Director of Environmental Affairs.
The over-population of white-tailed deer has been well documented in Greenwich. The Conservation Commission is currently working with the University of Connecticut's Wildlife Conservation and Research Center to develop a deer management program for the Town. View Deer Fact Sheets (PDF).
Maybe. In general, trees that are on private lots are not subject to permitting at this time. The following exceptions to this are:
Landowners should check for restrictions in the Planning and Zoning office. In addition, clearcutting of trees on subdivided lots will most likely required that an erosion and sediment control plan be implemented especially if the area is being stumped and graded. For more information contact the Conservation Commission staff.
Leaves are important organic matter, which contain nutrients and minerals. During the decomposition process, leaves return these valuable elements back to the soil. For many years, leaves have been collected from streets and hauled away. This approach is costly, unsustainable and wastes valuable natural resources. Find more information about this on Leaf Recycling / Reusing (PDF).
203-622-7720 (Phone)203-618-7633 (Fax)EmailReturn to the Finance page
If it's current year money, you can receipt it back to the expense account and be able to get the money back in your line item or if it's prior year money, you have to receipt it to the refund account.
This is determined after the scope of services section of the contract is evaluated for the particular contract in question. Sometimes the Town's requirements are reduced and sometimes they are increased. This is determined on a case-by-case basis to ensure the Town is not exposed to an unacceptable level of risk.
Minimum insurance requirements are as follows:
The Town of Greenwich has authorized Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA) to handle all matters relating to Worker's Compensation claims. All correspondence and / or bills regarding work-related injuries for employees of the Town of Greenwich must be sent to:
Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management AgencyP.O. Box 9558New Haven, CT 06535
Since our offices will no longer be handling claims management, all questions and / or requests for approval must also be directed to CIRMA. You should call 800-526-1647.
Detailed information is available on the Deduction Code Spreadsheet (PDF).
203-622-3950 (Phone)203-622-8062 (Fax)911 (Emergency)EmailReturn to the Fire Department page
If the tank is still being used you may continue to use it. If the tank is not being used then it must be removed and/or properly abandoned in place.
A tank is considered properly abandoned when all of the following steps have been completed:
All of the information shall be detailed on a report from the removal company and submitted on a company letterhead for filing. Date, address, name of property owner and size of the tank and any other pertinent information shall be included in the report. Attached to the report shall be the Lab analysis of the soil sample and the drawing of the site.
Follow steps 4, 5, and 6 from the abandonment procedures. Note: If the soil sample confirms that the tank had leaked and/or free product is discovered in the excavation then the Fire Marshal's office must be immediately contacted and the situation reported.
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Parking ticket holders can request a change to hearing date up to Noon of scheduled hearing by calling Parking Services at 203-618-3060.
Parking permits are handled by Parking Services, please view Town of Greenwich website and go to Parking Services department. Then go to Parking Permits; click on Wait list and you will be redirected to the Online Permit System.
Greenwich Police Department handles vendor, solicitation and/or raffle permits, by calling Debbie DeLuca at (203) 622-8026.
A majority of the street lighting outages is handled by Eversource. To report a street light outage visit Eversource website.
203-869-0532 (Phone)EmailReturn to Fleet page
The Fleet Department is responsible for all Town vehicles. The Town's Fleet consists of:
The Fleet Department has 13 full-time and 1 permanent part-time employees.
Operated by the Fleet Department, the Vehicle Maintenance Center performs Preventive Maintenance and repairs on all Town owned vehicles and support equipment. The Vehicle Maintenance Center has 9 repair bays and an automated wash bay. The department utilizes a Fleet Maintenance Software program to schedule preventive maintenance, repairs and to track vehicle history and costs. The department also manages the automated fueling system at 3 fuel sites and is responsible for ordering fuel.
203-622-6488, 203-622-7836 (Phone)203-622-7770 (Fax)EmailReturn to the Health Department page
Yes, frail or chronically ill residents who would benefit from a nursing assessment every two to four weeks, are eligible for services through the Town of Greenwich. If a resident is acutely ill or requires nursing services more frequently than once every two weeks, it is best to contact the private physician, who can make a referral for Greenwich Hospital Home Care Services.
Yes, public health nurses provide routine (not travel) child and adult immunizations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. For travel immunizations, contact Greenwich Hospital's Travel Immunizations Program at 203-863-3270. Try to schedule immunizations six weeks before departure.
Yes the tests are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. There is no fee if a person has been exposed to an active case of tuberculosis. If the test is required by an employer, there is a fee. Plan to return within 48 to 72 hours following the test, to have the test interpreted.
The lab provides a variety of public health services for the public and for other branches of the town government. Services available to the public include:
The lab is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Turnaround times vary, but in general, results are ready within a week of sample submission.
Please call the lab or refer to the website for sampling instructions regarding water, radon, or ticks.
The Health Department Laboratory is located on the ground floor of the Greenwich Town Hall:101 Field Point RoadGreenwich, CT 06830
It is at the opposite end of the building from the parking garage.
Find more information about this on our Additions When Property is on Septic page.
Learn about the steps required to open these facilities on the Plan Review Process for Food Service Establishment, Body Care Facility, or Massage Establishment page.
View the Noise Ordinance (PDF).
Anyone can volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Community members, with or without medical training, who are willing to support public health are encouraged to join. Most MRC units have medical volunteers and non-medical volunteers who provide:
Many positions in the MRC do not require medical skills.
When a significant event impacts us, whether it is a hurricane, earthquake, pandemic or terrorist event, many people want to help out. While well intentioned, spontaneous volunteers are usually not pre-credentialed, pre-trained or connected to a larger system to sustain themselves. This poses a safety problem for the other responders to an emergency situation.
One goal of the MRC is to ensure that members are identified, screened, trained, and prepared prior to their participation in any activity.
You are a volunteer, so there are no availability requirements. Certainly, we understand you may have work and family commitments that prohibit you from volunteering at any given time. There may be other non-emergency public health activities that you can be involved in if you have other emergency response commitments.
Yes, after your initial Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) training you will be protected under Connecticut General Statutes Title 28.
You can apply to be a Greenwich MRC Volunteer by filling and mailing the application (PDF).
You will be notified by your unit coordinator or via the information that you provide when applying to the join your Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit. A phone and email message will be sent to you. Therefore, it is very important that you keep your contact information current.
Your local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit coordinator and the Director of Health will have access to this information for the purpose of your volunteer role. Your permission will be required if there is a need to provide your information to any other organizations.
A Local Historic District is a geographic area within a community singled out for its architectural, historic, cultural or archaeological importance. National Register of Historic Places are historic properties worthy of preservation because of "a quality of significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture...in districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects that possess location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association...with events that contributed to broad patterns of our history, with lives of significant individuals, with distinctive styles of architecture, or with information important to history or prehistory."
Learn more about the difference between local historic districts and national register of historic places.
The Historic District Commission is authorized by the town to oversee the local historic districts, create new districts and advise the Planning and Zoning Commission on issues related to historic properties. The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich is a private not-for-profit organization that collects and preserves the cultural heritage and ongoing history of Greenwich. They do have historic preservation programs, but they are not a Town agency.
Generally speaking, a building must be at least 60 years old and retain a majority of its original features. Association with a significant individual or event is also a consideration.
A Certificate of Appropriateness is what homeowners within a local historic district, or those with a historic overlay property, must apply for in order to make changes to their buildings. The Historic District Commission has the sole authority to grant or deny an application for a certificate of appropriateness.
The elderly, defined as people 62 years and up, and people with disabilities of any age may check with the authority online. Families can apply periodically. Families that are interested in applying should check the Greenwich Time where advertisements are placed that announce the dates and times that families can apply.
You can stop by the Housing Authority, which is located at:
249 Milbank AvenueGreenwich, CT 06830Phone: 203-869-1138
Human Resources General Number: 203-622-7734 (Phone) 203-622-3756 (Fax)EmailReturn to the Human Resources page
The Town of Greenwich only accepts online applications for employment and only for positions we currently have open. If there is an open position you are interested in, please go to our Employment Opportunities page to submit your application through our Online Recruiting System.
You may fill out a job interest card online by category. You will be notified via email as soon as the category you are interested in has a job opening.
As with any position, once a closing date has passed, no applications will be accepted or considered.
Please contact the Human Resources Department at 203-622-7734 and press option 2 for Employment.
If you have application login problems or get an error message during the application process, please call the NeoGov help line for assistance at 877-204-4442.
Individuals who do not have access to a computer or need assistance completing the online application may visit Greenwich Library or its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches or The Perrot Memorial Library for access and assistance. View the Libraries page for more information. In the Department of Human Resources in Town Hall, there is access to a computer kiosk station where you can complete the application.
No. MetLife does not issue personalized identification (ID) cards. Your ID number is essentially your Social Security Number (SSN). If you inform your dentist you have MetLife Dental they are able to look you up via your SSN.
Your Group Name is Town of Greenwich and your Group Number is 304940.
You can view a list of participating PDP dentists online or by calling 800-942-0854 to request a list.
All services defined under your group dental benefits plan are covered. Please review your plan benefits to learn more or register.
Yes. You are always free to select the dentist of your choice. However, if you choose a dentist who does not participate in the MetLife Primary Dental Provider (PDP), your out-of-pocket expenses may be more, since you will be responsible to pay for any difference between the dentist’s fee and your plan’s payment for the approved service.
If you receive services from a participating PDP dentist, you are only responsible for the difference between the PDP in-network fee for the service provided and your plan’s payment for the approved service. Please note: any plan deductibles must be met before benefits are paid.
Yes. MetLife recommends that you request a pre-treatment estimate for services in excess of $300. Simply have your dentist submit a request online or call 877-638-3379. You and your dentist will receive a benefit estimate for most procedures while you’re still in the office. Actual payments may vary depending upon plan maximums, deductibles, frequency limits and other conditions at time of payment.
Yes. Through international dental travel assistance services* you can obtain a referral to a local dentist by calling 312-356-5970 (collect) when outside the U.S. to receive immediate care until you can see your dentist. Coverage will be considered under your out-of-network benefits. Please remember to hold on to all receipts to submit a dental claim.**
*International Dental Travel Assistance services are administered by AXA Assistance USA, Inc. AXA Assistance is not affiliated with MetLife, and the services they provide are separate and apart form the benefits provided by MetLife.
**Refer to your dental benefits plan summary for your out-of-network dental coverage.
Coordination of benefits provision in dental benefits plans are a set of rules that are followed when a patient is covered by more than one dental benefits plan. These rules determine the order in which the plans will pay benefits. If the MetLife dental benefit plan is primary, MetLife will pay the full amount of benefits that would normally be available under the plan.
If the MetLife dental benefit plan is secondary, most coordination of benefits provisions requires MetLife to determine benefits after benefits have been determined under the primary plan. The amount of benefits payable by MetLife may be reduced due to the benefits paid under the primary plan.
Verification of employment is handled by the Payroll Department. All requests and forms must be sent, along with a consent form signed by the employee, to the payroll fax, 203-618-3055.
All new employees are required to participate in direct deposit of pay.
Vacation and sick accruals are updated on or after the 16th of each month, but by the end of the month. If you are a new employee you must have worked two weeks before the your accruals can be updated.
Each employee is paid bi-weekly.
Only Teachers and Public Safety employees are exempt from paying FICA.
No. All employees have Medicare deducted from their pay.
You can find information for your State W4 tax withholding forms on the Department of Revenue website. View your Federal W4 tax withholding forms on the Internal Revenue Service website.
Your retirement allowance is based upon a formula which takes into consideration the length of your Town employment, your pensionable compensation, a rate of benefit determined by your collective bargaining agreement, and whether or not you have contributed fully to the Retirement System. This type of plan is called a “defined benefit pension plan.” The Town 401(k), 457 b and 403b plans are known as a “defined contribution savings plans.”
For all employees, salary and shift differential are includable, overtime is not. Other compensation that is includable varies by union. Refer to your collective bargaining agreement for more information on what additional items may be included in your specific situation.
Eligibility for a full service retirement occurs at the earlier of age 65 or the “Rule of 80.” The Rule of 80 means that the combination of your age and years of service equals 80 (example: 25 years of service plus 55 years of age = 80). Full service retirement may be taken by employees in Fire upon completing 20 years of creditable service and Police upon completing either 20 or 25 years of creditable service depending upon date of hire, regardless of age.
Eligibility for early service retirement occurs at age 60, provided that the member is not eligible for a full service retirement. Management and Confidential employees may take early retirement at age 55 after completing 5 years of service. If you elect this option, your monthly retirement allowance will be reduced to reflect the additional years that you are expected to receive payments.
All employees, with the exception of Police and Fire, are eligible to receive a retirement allowance not to exceed 66.667% of their highest pensionable compensation paid over 26 consecutive biweekly pay periods. Police Officers and Firefighters, upon completing 26 years and 8 months of sworn, full-time service are eligible for a maximum benefit equal to 75% of their highest pensionable compensation paid over 26 consecutive biweekly pay periods.
Vesting is the minimum number of years of full-time Town service required to be eligible to receive a future pension benefit. Vesting schedules vary by union. Refer to your collective bargaining agreement for your specific vesting schedule.
Employees may apply once for credit for an honorable discharge from active military service up to a maximum of 4 years. The cost for one year of military service credit is the product of your current pensionable compensation from the previous 26 pay periods and your pension contribution rate as per your collective bargaining agreement at the time you purchase this credit.
Credit for military service is not considered in determining when you vest in the Plan. Military service credit only increases the number of years of service used in the calculation of your retirement allowance.
If you leave Town employment after vesting, but before you are eligible to retire, you become a “vested terminated” employee. At the time of separation you may either make a one time election to withdraw your contributions, or leave them on deposit with the Retirement System. If you leave your contributions in the Plan, they will continue to earn interest until you are eligible for retirement. You may not withdraw your contributions until you are eligible to retire. To begin receiving your retirement allowance, you should contact the Retirement Benefits Administrator no more than 90 nor fewer than 30 days before you become eligible to obtain the forms required to apply for your retirement benefit.
Whether your contribution is mandatory is determined by your collective bargaining agreement. In order to receive a full retirement allowance, you must contribute to the Retirement System at a percentage of pay that is determined by your collective bargaining agreement.
If you are not contributing, your retirement allowance will be reduced to reflect the annuity value of the contributions you did not make during your employment plus the interest not earned on those contributions. This is referred to as your contribution deficiency.
At retirement (only), employees may repay their deficiency by transferring funds from the Savings Plan of the Town Greenwich 401(k), 457(b) or 403(b) plans into the Retirement System. At retirement employees may also elect to transfer or withdraw funds from the Retirement System in return for a reduced monthly retirement allowance. Funds withdrawn may be taxed as ordinary income and early withdrawal penalties may apply. Funds transferred to another qualified plan are not subject to current taxation. You should consult your financial or tax professional for advice, as the Retirement Department does not provide these services.
All contributions to the Plan made on or after July 1, 2002 are on a pre-tax basis.
The interest rate is set annually by the Retirement Board every May and currently is equal to the rate on the 5 year Treasury Note as of the last business day in April. This rate is applied to all account balances on July 1 of each year and used for all interest calculations through June 30th of the following year.
At retirement, you will have the opportunity to repay any contribution deficiency by transferring funds from your 401(k), 457(b) or 403(b) plan, or to withdraw your contributions. The decision you make will impact the amount of your monthly retirement allowance. You will also be asked to select the form in which your benefits will be paid. Current options are:
Members of Police and Fire have one additional option:
Note: If you elect Options 0, 2 or 3, your monthly retirement allowance will be reduced based on your age and that of your beneficiary at the time of retirement.
Employees who leave Town employment prior to becoming vested should request to have their contributions plus interest refunded. The Retirement Board will not pay interest on your contribution after 60 days from your last date of employment. As a Trust, the Retirement Board does not have the authority to invest funds for the benefit of non-members. If the refund is due to death of the employee, contributions plus interest will be refunded to their beneficiary.
Beneficiaries of vested employees who die prior to retirement may be eligible to receive a pension equal to the amount the employee would have received had they retired on the day on which they died and had elected Option 2, 100% Joint and Survivor. Please check your collective bargaining agreement to see if this provision applies in your personal situation. The beneficiary must apply for a Retirement Allowance.
Whether your beneficiary receives a retirement allowance or possibly a refund of contributions at the time of your death depends on the election you make at the time you retire. If you elect Option 1, a refund may be payable at your death. If you elect any of the other options, no refund will be made.
You can name anyone as your beneficiary; however, if you are married, federal ERISA regulations provide that you cannot leave a spouse with a survivor benefit that is less than a 50% retirement allowance for their lifetime, unless that spouse waives their rights to this benefit. Therefore, if you are married and wish to elect Option 1, Refund of Contributions, or Option 0, a notarized spousal waiver form is required.
Yes. Selection of Option 1, Refund of Contributions, (or Option 0 in the case of Police or Fire) will yield the highest retirement allowance. Selection of Options 2 or 3, each of which provide for payments to continue after your death, yields a lower monthly retirement allowance during your lifetime. The exact discount is determined by your age and the age of your beneficiary at the time of your retirement.
Prior to retirement you can change your beneficiary at any time by submitting a Change of Beneficiary form. You may not change your beneficiary once your retirement has been approved by the Retirement Board.
No. Under federal income tax regulations, borrowing against contributions made to a defined benefit pension is prohibited.
No. The plan document for the Town defined benefit pension plan does not permit rollovers from other qualified plans. You may be able to roll over your contributions from another plan into the Town 401(k) Plan by calling Diversified Investments at 800-755-5801.
You may apply for restoration of prior service credit if you meet several conditions. First, your break in service must not be greater than the length of your prior creditable service. Additionally, within the first year following rehire, any contributions plus interest that were withdrawn from the Retirement System must be restored to the Retirement System together with any interest payable to the date of rehire. If these conditions are met, you can request to have service credit restored after six months of continuous service during your subsequent period of employment. Service credit may not be awarded for any period during which you were not a full-time employee of the Town.
You may obtain an estimate of your retirement allowance on Diversified Investments website. In addition to a pension statement you also have the use of a pension calculator to estimate your retirement allowance at a future date.
You should make an appointment with the Retirement Benefits Administrator not more than 90 days nor less than 30 days from the date you wish to retire. Retirements take place on the first day of the month following approval by the Retirement Board at the monthly Retirement Board meeting.
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Our services, available to all Greenwich residents, begins with an assessment of basic needs including food, housing, healthcare and personal safety to determine program eligibility and provide information and referral services. We also offer a range of services based on need and income eligibility. These include:
We also offer limited emergency financial assistance to those meeting specific residency, income and policy requirements.
Yes, we have bilingual staff available to assist you.
To schedule a confidential intake appointment, please call 203-622-3800 anytime Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. You may also call to schedule an after-hours appointment if needed. For those who are unable to come to our offices, transportation and home visits are also available.
Our knowledgeable staff are able to assist you in applying for all Federal, State and local benefits and entitlements you may be eligible for including SNAP (food stamps ), Husky (also known as Medicaid) and Unemployment Benefits.
Yes, we can assist families with applications for benefits indicated above, as well as, with our Community Gifts programs including Boots and Shoes, Backpacks, Holiday Gifts, Campership, and English as a Second language. GDHS also operates an after school Program in Byram (BANC) and a Youth Conservation Program that provides short-term summer employment to 14 to 15 year olds.
Yes, we have managers who specialize in Elder Services and work closely with the Commission on Aging to provide optimal services to Greenwich Seniors. In addition we administer energy assistance, Operation Fuel and Renter’s Rebate for Greenwich senior/disabled residents.
Yes, we have case managers who specialize in mental health services and are knowledgeable concerning benefits and programs in the community that can best assist you or your family member.
Members of the Representative Town Meeting, Town Boards, and Town Commissions are eligible for town email addresses. To obtain an email account after the term has begun, contact the Town of Greenwich Information Technology Help Desk via phone, (203) 622-6448, Option 4 or email, [email protected] Please keep in mind that the Help Desk is staffed during Town business hours from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. The IT Help Desk will work with members to create passwords and make sure they can log in via a web browser. If the preference is to access email using a mobile device, they must contact the Help Desk to schedule a time to come in and get instruction and assistance on mobile access installation on a smartphone or tablet. The Town IT Department has created Microsoft Office 365 training videos and a support web page that is available via a link on the Town IT Department web page, here. New users can review the basic 365 training videos and reference them if they may have any questions. For more information on setting up a mobile device and further support on the applications, they can reference links at the bottom of the page under “Training Resources." New email users should be sure to review the email policies and procedures also found on the Town IT Department website, here, before using their town-issued account. For any questions about this policy, please call (203) 622-6448, Option 4.
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The Town has Content Stewards who are responsible for different pages on the site. You can visit our Contact Page to find the person responsible for area where you encountered the error. Every page also has a link where you can "Report a problem" with the page, and you can report it there.
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Patricia Sesto, Director
Robert Clausi, Senior Wetland Analyst
Doreen Carroll-Andrews, Compliance Officer
Lindsay Tomaszewski, Asst. Compliance Officer
Lauren Lockwood, Applications Coordinator
Jennifer Imbrogno, Administrative Asst.
Susan Honyotski, Administrative Asst.
Kazi Alaudin, Land Use Finance Clerk
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For most people, the perception of a wetland is limited to swamps and marshes. In fact, surface-dry woodlands, meadows, and even lawns can be identified as wetlands. In Connecticut, wetlands are identified by the features of the first 18 to 24 inches of soil. A wetland is caused by groundwater coming to or near the ground surface or is caused by a restrictive layer of clay or ledge blocking water from percolating downward. Soils that are identified as poorly drained, very poorly drained, alluvial or floodplain are wetland soils.
View the statutory definition.
Be aware this describes inland wetlands, as opposed to tidal wetlands. Tidal wetlands are those wetlands that occur below elevation 5.5 feet and are tidally influenced. Tidal wetlands are regulated by the Planning and Zoning Commission as part of the Coastal Area Management program of the state. View more information on tidal wetland regulations.
Yes, streams which flow year-round or only for portions of the year are subject to regulation. Specifically, watercourses are defined as rivers, streams, brooks, waterways, lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, bogs, and other bodies of water. A watercourse has to have “bed and banks,” evidence of alluvial deposits, and/or hydrophytic (water-loving) plants. Flow must also be present longer than a particular storm event; this requirement keeps stormwater discharge points free from regulation.
Watercourses can be man-made or naturally occurring, and they can be perennial or intermittent, even if the intermittent flow is short in duration. Vernal pools, which can be described as big, springtime puddles, often in woods, also qualify as watercourses. View the statutory definition.
Wetland boundaries are determined by a soil scientist on your property. The soil scientist hangs surveying tape or “flags” along the boundary of the wetland or watercourse. A surveyor then documents the location of the flags on a property survey. The agency maintains a list of soil scientists (PDF) for convenience. This list is not a recommendation and is not all-inclusive.
The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses (IWWA) has issued thousands of permits and if your property ever received a permit, a copy of the surveyed wetland boundary and watercourse is likely on file. Applications made prior to 2011 are available on a public portal found on the IWWA page, or, come to the office from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays and a staff member will help you look up your property records. Files for applications made since 2011 are available in the office of the agency, too. It is also prudent to research the properties next to yours as regulated areas (“buffers”) of a wetland or watercourse on an adjacent property may extend onto your land.
In 1972, the Connecticut General Statutes were revised to include the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act. This statute acknowledges the benefits wetlands and watercourses bring to society and the natural world, and requires local protection of these resources. Wetlands and watercourses form an interrelated system which serves human needs by detaining storm water, reducing potential flood damage, and cleansing surface water of sediments and pollutants before it enters the groundwater that supplies our wells and reservoirs. Wetlands help maintain the base flow of watercourses, provide a water supply for wildlife, and furnish breeding and nesting sites for various species, many of which breed or nest only in wetlands.
The state requires municipal regulation of activities affection wetlands and watercourses. The Greenwich IWWA enacted regulations (PDF) pursuant to the state mandate and updates the regulations from time to time.
The IWWA has seven regular members and three alternates. The members are residents of town and volunteers. Currently, the disciplines of architecture, engineering, law, and natural resources management are represented on the IWWA and members have access to CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection training modules for additional education. The professional staff provides technical guidance and offers constructive problem-solving.
Protecting your wetland and/or watercourse is the first best approach to tending to it responsibly. Keep the use of fertilizers and pesticides to a minimum on the land that drains towards them. Pick up pet waste and discourage geese; both of these are sources of bacteria and nitrogen. Creating or maintaining a good buffer of meadow grasses, shrubs, and the like between your lawn and the resource will help filter out pollutants.
If you wish to manage the vegetation, cutting non-native invasive vines, such as bittersweet, is good for the trees. Selectively removing other non-native invasive plants and replacing or supplementing the wetland and buffer with native plants is also good stewardship. Be certain to check in with the staff before vegetation is removed to be sure you don’t need a permit first. There is an abundance of information online and IWWA staff are also here to help you devise a good management plan.
Yes! Technical staff members are available in the office in Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays; no appointment is necessary. Please come by and we can talk about your prospective project, look up files to see what information already exists, and help identify challenges and opportunities. The agency staff want to be a resource for you to help navigate the wetland and watercourse regulations.
Absolutely! There are several technical members in the department who can help identify whether or not you have wetlands and/or watercourses and talk about various management strategies, or contemplated projects. You are also welcome to stop by the office any weekday from 8 a.m .to 1 p.m. and a staff member will gladly explain our in-house resources and answer questions.
In order for new home buyers to more fully understand the key components of their property, a declaration is filed on the land records whenever an IWWA permit is implemented. By indicating the presence of wetlands and watercourses and the existence of previously issued permits, the agency hopes buyers will form reasonable expectations about the potential uses of the property and avoid violations due to a lack of information. In and of itself, the Declaration does not impose any restrictions.
A Regulated Activity is any operation within or use of a wetland or watercourse which alters, pollutes, or otherwise impacts the resource. This includes:
As the science of wetland and watercourse protection evolved, so did the knowledge that activities adjacent to these resources could negatively impact them. The language in the state statutes and the town’s regulations addresses this potential and provides the agency with the authority to regulate any activity that may impact a wetland or watercourse. Technically, regardless of where an activity is relative to a wetland or watercourse, if the activity may impact the resource, it will be regulated.
Scientists have determined on average 100 to 150 feet of naturally vegetated land provides enough protection against an assortment of impacts from a diversity of land uses. In Greenwich, regulations set the Upland Review Area at 100 feet from wetlands and watercourses, unless those resources occur within the public drinking water supply watershed, then the buffer is 150 feet. While protecting the 100 and 150-foot buffer to wetland and watercourses is desirable, it is not always possible and sometimes not needed depending on the resource’s value and the nature of the proposed work.
Some seasonally wet portions of residential properties are indeed wetlands; despite the fact they are maintained as lawn or are only wet for a part of the year. As previously explained, wetlands are determined based on soil characteristics. What appears above ground defines the functional significance of a wetland, not its presence or absence.
It is best if these areas are naturally vegetated. This does not necessarily mean the area has to be ugly or unkempt. The IWWA has approved many applications to transform an aesthetically displeasing spot into an attractive, naturally landscaped area. The use of native shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants, e.g., grasses, flowers, can be very appealing, easier to care for, and environmentally friendly.
Plans to fill or drain wetlands are inconsistent with the intent of the regulations and are rarely approved. The agency staff are available to meet with you on-site to discuss options for improvement, or a wetland scientist, landscape architect, landscape designer, or other professional can be hired to devise a plan for review.
Your application will appear on the agency’s agenda at the first meeting following submission of the application to the office. The agency will administratively receive the application, which sets the start date for various timelines within which the agency must act. The agency will discuss the application at their next meeting the following month. During the intervening month, staff will review the application, seek additional information from the applicant or applicant’s agent, if warranted, and write a staff report. Agency members will also conduct a site inspection.
Learn more about the application review process.
In your permit there are Standard and Special Conditions which need to be satisfied before work can start. These pre-conditions are generally straight forward and commonly consist of submitting a bond estimate, a bond, filing a declaration of wetlands and watercourses, etc. The Special Conditions may also contain requirements verbalized at the meeting which need to be properly incorporated into the final plans. If your project also requires a building permit, all of the pre-conditions need to be completed before agency staff can sign off on the building department “check list.”
Most permits require a performance bond to be posted to help ensure the project is implemented in accordance with the permit and, in the case of mitigation or enhancement plantings, those plants are cared for during their first two critical years following installation. The bond also provides the incentive to complete the end-of-project requirements, such as filing foundation as-built plans, getting the engineer’s letter of compliance, etc. The agency might also use the bond to fix problems at a site if the applicant is unresponsive to staff requests and a wetland and/or watercourse is at risk of impact.
The bond amount is included in the Special Conditions of the permit. The conditions may also call for an estimate for the retail, installed cost of any plantings. A defined percentage of this estimate will also be factored into the final bond amount. Once the bond amount is finalized, a check made out to the Town of Greenwich is submitted to the office of the agency. The funds are deposited into a non-interest bearing account for the duration of the project and “hold” period associated with plantings.
Once the regulated activities are complete and all conditions of the permit have been satisfied, a letter or email can be submitted to Wetlands requesting a final inspection and release of your bond. The compliance inspector will be looking to see if the site is stabilized and the work complies with the approved plans. She will also review the file to see that the end-of-project requirements have been met. These include foundation as-built plans, engineer’s certification of compliance, drainage management plans filed on the land records, etc. The portion of the bond attributed plantings will have a “hold” period, which is often two years, and compliance is met if 80% of the plants are thriving.
Bonded funds are mailed back to the entity who posted the bond. Without written authorization, the bond cannot be assigned to anyone other than the person who posted it.
Neighbors and interested parties can participate in various ways. Once submitted, the application is a public record and anyone may view it. Agency staff are on hand to help explain the proposal and answer questions. Learn more about how you can participate.
For simple projects, it is best to speak with a technical staff member to discuss what is the minimum information you need to support your project. A cadre of professionals may well be more than is necessary. Application forms are available on the agency’s website.
The agency provides three levels of applications in recognition of the variety of complexity in submitted projects and the variety of supporting documentation that is needed. Minor projects may be approvable by the agency staff. These projects are generally further from the wetland and/or watercourse and tend to be small-scale activities such as small additions, decks, generators, etc., which do not involve a lot of grading or clearing. The application requirements are relatively simple.
The vast majority of applications submitted are subject to review by the agency and entail more substantial additions or landscaping, new homes, expansion of lawns, pond dredging, etc. Many of these projects will require one or more professionals to help compile application documents. Of these, the environmental analyst and engineer will contribute the most, once the wetland boundary and survey are obtained. The highest category is reserved for projects which may cause significant impact to wetlands or watercourses, thus the supporting documentation reflects this potential. Usually, a variety of professionals are needed to represent these more complex applications and a public hearing will be held.
Once you have assembled your application documents, you can make an appointment by emailing the Applications Coordinator, Lauren Lockwood. She will review the package to ensure all necessary information is provided. The deadline for submission is 3 p.m. the Friday before each regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the agency. The filing fee must be submitted at the time of filing. A digital copy of the application package is also needed for submission.
Yes. As part of the application process abutting property owners are notified by direct mailing. The agency is only interested in receiving input from the public pertaining to wetland and watercourse protection. Consequently, even if your neighbor doesn’t like your project (or you!), their comments will not carry weight unless they reference wetland issues that can be substantiated.
The agency’s seven regular and three alternate members are residents of Greenwich, who volunteer their time to review applications and other important issues related to the town’s wetland and watercourse resources. The Board of Selectmen make appointment recommendations to the Representative Town Meeting, which is ultimately responsible for making the final appointments. The agency is supported by five technical staff members and three administrative staff members.
An application to create a pond should be made after careful consideration of the future pond’s support system, e.g., the size and condition of the watershed contributing to the pond, the depth of the pond, and how often it will be fully flushed (water flowing in completely replaces the volume of water in the pond). Ponds should be at least eight feet deep and have side slopes of 1:3, with more shallow slopes for the first 18 inches of depth. This baseline design information will determine the minimum size the pond should be. If there is a small area contributing overland flow to the pond or if the pond is in a stream which flows for only part of the year, the flushing rate will be low and the likelihood nuisance algal blooms and floating vegetation will increase. Similarly, the nature of the landscape contributing overland flows will influence the presence of algal blooms and floating vegetation.
Management of fertilizers, pet waste, impervious surfaces, and failing septic systems on your property and those of your neighbors will make a difference. The pond should be designed with habitat goals in mind not just aesthetic goals; i.e., there should be a buffer area of tall, native grasses or the like between the lawn and the water’s edge to keep lawn chemicals and clippings out of the pond and to discourage geese from congregating. Creation of a pond requires approval of the IWWA and the application documentation will require professional assistance. Larger ponds and larger streams with more extensive watersheds may require additional permits from the Army Corps of Engineers. Generally speaking, creation of a pond in an otherwise healthy wetland is not in the best interest of the wetland, thus obtaining a permit will be difficult.
Repeated disposal of lawn clipping, leaves, and other yard waste in the same area in a wetland or next to it, will result in filling of a regulated area. This violation can be avoided if the yard waste is spread out thin enough that it is capable of decomposing within a year or so, i.e. 4 inches or less for clippings and below the knee for leaves.
If the scrubby area is in a wetland and/or within 100 feet (150 feet in public drinking water supply watersheds) to a wetland and/or watercourse, then the cleanup work will likely be regulated. “Cleaning up” is the most common source of violations largely due to the somewhat vague language in the state statutes, which state “landscape maintenance” is allowed without a permit provided the work does not change the character of the area.
Acknowledging the lack of clarity in regulations, it is best to speak with a member of the agency’s staff, who will gladly meet you and/or your landscaper in the office or on-site to discuss your plans, regulations, and if applicable, the permitting process. There is no charge for this consultation.
Yes, a deer fence, privacy fence, stone wall, etc. requires a permit from the IWWA if it is proposed in a wetland, watercourse, and/or their 100 or 150-foot Upland Review Area. Provided the fence does not include altering the grades or clearing vegetation to accommodate it, a permit should be issued. Permits for fences include a condition requiring the bottom of the fence be set 6 inches off the ground within 35 feet of the wetland or watercourse to allow other wildlife the ability to move across the landscape, though this condition is waived when it conflicts with the building code.
In most cases, if you are removing trees more than 100 feet (150 feet in public drinking water supply watersheds) from a wetland or watercourse, no permit is needed. If you are planning to have trees cut in a wetland or the 100 or 150-foot buffer from the wetland or watercourse, then a permit will be necessary if more than 2 to 3 trees are affected. Agency staff are readily available to meet with you and/or your arborist to discuss your plans in the office or on-site at no charge.
Also be aware that if the tree(s) in question lie between the road and your property line, the town tree warden must be consulted.
Yes, installation of a septic system in regulated areas, even correcting a failed system, requires a permit. Staff will be looking to see that the footprint of disturbance is minimized, erosion and sedimentation controls are adequate, and if applicable, proper mitigation is included, prior to issuing the permit. It is in everyone’s best interest to get the system repaired as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, violations of the regulations occur and enforcement action follows. The first step is the technical staff issues a stop work order for the property and then issues a cease and correct order. The order is issued to the property owner and the contractor. Recipients will be given the opportunity to speak directly with the agency members to present information as to why the order was issued in error. The agency considers the evidence and determines if the order will be upheld, modified, or withdrawn.
When the order is upheld or modified, the violators will be directed to submit an application for corrective action. This is processed the same way an application is, however the agency doesn’t issue a permit, it issues an order to correct with mandatory dates for implementation.
Application fees for corrective actions are triple the normal base fee. Additionally, the agency has the authority to impose fines of up to $1,000 per violation per day. As a last resort, the agency may seek an injunction from the courts to force a violator to correct a violation. Thankfully, this step is rarely warranted. Fees, fines, and court action associated with violations are expensive and the agency’s staff will gladly make themselves available to help you avoid them. Questions and guidance are free; please don’t be shy!
Work in a wetland or watercourse, or within 100 feet of those, requires a permit from the IWWA. If the project is in a public drinking water supply watershed, the 150 feet adjacent to the wetland or watercourse is regulated. This buffer area is properly identified as an “Upland Review Area.” Wetlands, watercourses, and Upland Review Areas can collectively be referred to as regulated areas. In general, the types of activities in regulated areas on a residential property requiring a permit include:
Landscaping activities are most likely to be conducted in violation of the regulations, resulting in an enforcement action by the Town. For this reason, homeowners are strongly encouraged to check in with the agency staff to be sure your anticipated work does not require a permit. People are encouraged to visit the office of the agency where extensive records are available for any property with a past application.
Documentation for 1973 to 2010 applications submitted can be accessed through the agency’s public portal. Newer applications are available in the agency’s office. Technical staff are also available to meet with you in the office or come to your site and discuss the land and your project ideas.
Because every wetland, watercourse, and project creates a unique set of circumstances, there is no hard and fast “setback” within the 100 or 150-foot regulated buffer. The quality of the wetland, nature of the activity, justification for the activity, and mitigation opportunities are variables the agency and their staff take into consideration.
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You can pay your parking ticket in the following ways:
If you received a parking ticket which you feel was issued in error, please fill out the form or you can come in and fill out a form in our office. Please keep in mind, parking ticket must be contested within 15 days of the date on the summons.
To have the boot removed, all outstanding parking tickets and the boot fee must be paid. Payments must be made in cash.
If your ticket was recently issued, it is possible it has not been entered into the database, yet. Please check back in a day or two, and if you still cannot find it, call Parking Services at 203-622-7730.
No. Payment (cash) must be made in person at the following location:Town HallDepartment of Parking Services101 Field Point RoadGreenwich, CT 06830
If you are no longer the owner of the ticketed vehicle, please mail a copy of the ticket or notice with the following:
The program is designed to improve parking availability for neighborhood residents.
An eligible vehicle owner can purchase a permit that allows for parking at residential zones during restricted periods. Permit holders are still subject to all other posted regulations in their zone, including no parking for street sweeping or snow plowing when applicable. The permit is only applicable in the zone specified on the parking permit decal.
Permits can be issued for a vehicle whose owner resides within an existing zone.
Each household is allowed to obtain up to two visitor permits provided that you purchase a parking permit decal.
Smart Cards are the new, convenient way to pay for parking at meters throughout Greenwich. The size of a credit card, they are similar to a prepaid phone card, in that money is deducted each time you use your Smart Card. This is done via a microchip embedded in each card that tracks the amount of money you have left.
With a Smart Card, you'll never have to hunt for quarters when you want to park at a meter! They can currently be purchased in $10 denominations. For more information please call 203-622-7730.
To pay for parking with your Smart Card, simply insert it into the slot on the parking meter. The meter's display will show you how much money is left on your Smart Card. Your card will automatically begin adding time to the meter in 25¢ increments, deducting that amount of money from the remaining value on your card. When you reach the desired amount of time on the meter, remove your card from the slot.
Cards will not add time beyond the meter's pre-set limit, or if purchasing additional time would carry you into a time when parking is prohibited on that block. For example, if your meter is zoned for two hour parking, you will not be able to pay for more than two hours. Similarly, if you park in a space at 3:30 p.m. that is zoned No Parking 4 to 6 p.m., you will only be able to pay for 30 minutes using your Smart Card.
Smart Cards cannot be replaced if they are lost. Be sure to keep it in a safe place.
If you believe the smart card you received is damaged, call the Department of Parking Services at 203-618-3060.
Availability of railroad station parking permits is subject to reservation placement on waiting list administered by the Department of Parking Services. Applications are available online by visiting the Wait List page or at the office of Parking Services.
All railroad parking station lots in Greenwich has two sections, permit area and day parking area. You can utilize the day parking area and will be charged a $5 a day fee.
In accordance to the town's parking ordinance, Section 14-17.1, vehicles may not be left in the parking lot for over 24 consecutive hours. Vehicles parked for over 24 hours are subject to being fined and/or impounded.
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Setbacks, Floor Area Ratios and other height and bulk restrictions can be found in charts from Section 6-205 (a) (residential zones) and Section 6-205 (b) (business zones) of the Building Zone Regulations.
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Site Plan Approval is required by Planning and Zoning Commission in accordance with Section 6-13 of the Building Zone Regulations.
Zoning Violations should be reported to the Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) at 203-622-7753. The Zoning Enforcement Officer is located within the Building Division of the Department of Public Works. Please contact the Building Division at 203-622-7754 for office hours.
Home Occupations are defined in Section 6-5 (28) (PDF) and Home Offices are defined in Section 6-5 (28.1) (PDF) of the Building Zone Regulations. The use regulations pertaining to Home Offices are specified in Section 6-95 (b) and Section 6-97 (b)(2) (PDF).
View information on the assignment and display of street numbers.
If you want to know how the maximum floor area on your property use the following simple formula: (Lot Area of Your Property in Square Feet) x (Floor Area Ratio) = Maximum Floor Area. To convert from acres to square feet, multiple the lot area in acres by 43,560.
The Town Zoning Map and the Coastal Overlay Map can be found online, or you are welcome to view these maps in the Planning & Zoning office at Town Hall.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determines flood zone boundaries. The flood zone maps produced by FEMA are the only document that can legally determine which properties are within a designated flood zone. The FEMA Flood Zone Maps are available on the FEMA website. Use the selection boxes to choose state, county and town. If you wish to review the Town of Greenwich Regulations regarding development in the Flood Hazard Overlay Zone please refer to Section 6-139.1 of the Building Zone Regulations (PDF).
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Division 16 (PDF) of the Building Zone Regulations governs the installation and relocation of signs. The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) reviews all signage and awnings in residential zones that pertain to legally non-conforming uses, permitted institutional uses, and other uses authorized by the Board of Appeals as special exceptions or by the Planning and Zoning Commission by special permit. The ARC also reviews all signage and awnings in any business zone. In addition to review by the ARC, a building permit shall be required for the erection, relocation or alteration of a sign as listed in Sections 6-163 and 6-164 (PDF) of the Building Zone Regulations. A completed application from the Sign and Awning Approval packet (PDF) should be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Department at least two weeks prior to the a Architectural Review Committee meeting, listed on the meeting schedule.
The Coastal Overlay Zone is established in accordance with the authorization of Sections 22a-90 to 22a-96 of the General Statutes as amended by Public Act 79-535, The Connecticut Coastal Management Act. If you wish to review the Town of Greenwich Regulations regarding development in the Coastal Overlay Zone please refer to Section 6-111 of the Building Zone Regulations (PDF).
The Town Zoning Map and the Coastal Overlay Map can be found online, or you are welcome to view these maps in the Planning & Zoning office at Town Hall.
The Town of Greenwich Building Zone Regulations currently define Floor Area, Gross for residential zones in Section 6-5 (22.1) (PDF). The floor area ratios and other height and bulk restrictions can be found on the chart in Section 6-205 (a) (PDF).
Floor Area Worksheets are required for site plan applications and subdivision applications when applicable for the purpose of demonstrating the "gross floor area." Scaled worksheets are to be prepared based upon floor plans, which represent existing or proposed conditions as applicable to the particular circumstances of the site plan or subdivision approval being sought. It is preferred that floor plans and worksheets be prepared by a professional architect; two sets are to be submitted.
The Architectural Review Committee evaluates all design proposals in the following instances: Signs and Awnings and Exterior Alterations. The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) reviews all signage and awnings in residential zones that pertain to legally non-conforming uses, permitted institutional uses, and other uses authorized by the Board of Appeals as special exceptions or by the Planning and Zoning Commission by special permit. The ARC also reviews all signage and awnings in any business zone. To apply to the ARC for sign and awning approval, see the Sign and Awning Application Packet (PDF).
The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) may review any exterior alterations, landscaping, and lighting changes for uses in any business zone, any legally non-conforming use in a residential zone, any use that requires site plan approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission, any use permitted by Special Permit authorized by the Planning and Zoning Commission or Special Exception authorized by the Board of Appeals, or any residential use involving the housing of three or more families on one lot. Exterior alterations shall include, but are not limited to, replacement of doors or windows or signs involving a substantial change in design, material or color as well as removal or alterations of roof top mechanical structures and other integral parts of the structure. To apply to the ARC exterior alteration, see the Application for Exterior Alteration (PDF). View criteria used by the Architectural Review Committee to evaluate all design proposals.
Planning and Zoning Regulations pertaining to agricultural animals can be found in Section 6-94(a)(3) and Section 6-95(a)(7) (PDF). The town health department provides further regulation of animals. View additional information pertaining to horse related activities (PDF).
The Town of Greenwich Subdivision Regulations currently define a subdivision as "Subdivision shall mean the division of a tract or parcel of land into two or more parcels or lots for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of sale or building development expressly excluding development for agricultural purposes, and includes resubdivision." Subdivision applications require review at public meeting by the Planning and Zoning Commission. View Subdivision Regulations (PDF). View all Subdivision forms and informational documents. For additional guidance, the Planning and Zoning office is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Professional staff assistance is available from 9 a.m to noon each business day, except Wednesday.
For additional guidance the Planning and Zoning office is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Professional staff assistance is available from 9 a.m. to Noon, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each business day.
Planning and Zoning Regulations pertaining to accessory apartments can be found in Section 6-99 (PDF). The Accessory Apartment Application Information is available online. Planning and Zoning Regulations pertaining to accessory buildings, such as guest cottages, can be found in Section 6-5(a)(6) (PDF), Section 6-95(a)(5) (PDF), and Sections 6-144 through 6-147 (PDF). Additional information can be obtained through the Zoning Enforcement Officer and/or the Zoning Board of Appeals by calling 203-622-7753.
Fences and walls are governed by Section 6-140.2 (PDF) of the Building Zone Regulations.
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Tours can be arranged by contacting the Special Victims Section at 203-622-8030.
Guest speakers can be arranged by contacting Sergeant John Thorme at 203-622-3660 who will assign a speaker to address your particular topic of interest.
A pistol permit application for the Town of Greenwich can be obtained at General Services Division located at Police Department Headquarters during normal business hours.
Copies of reports are available from the General Services Division located on the first floor of the Public Safety Complex. It is recommended you call 203-622-8024 to determine if the report you want is available. Normal processing time for an accident report requires five business days from the date of the accident. Incident reports must be requested in writing and are processed in four business days from receipt of your request. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Copies of accident reports can also be purchased online.
Fingerprinting services are conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. and are offered solely to Greenwich residents or employees of businesses located in Greenwich. Fingerprint cards are not supplied by Police Department, and must be obtained from employer. Charge for fingerprinting service is $10 per card.
Contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 203-622-7824 to report a fallen tree.
Contact the Department of Public Works at 203-622-3717.
Building Zone "setbacks" (required yards) are required for all structures (buildings, sheds, swimming pools, tennis courts, air-conditioner condensing units, generators, above ground tanks, pool equipment, etc.) Refer to Section 6-203 and 6-205 of the Building Zone Regulations (PDF) as a guide; actual setbacks are determined only by submission of a Class A-2 Survey Map showing all current conditions on the property to the Zoning Enforcement Office.
Fences are regulated in two ways. Swimming pool fences are regulated by the State Building Code. Boundary/privacy/decorative fences are regulated by the Building Zone Regulations, Section 6-5(a)(49) (PDF). There is no regulation as to color, material, or which way the fence's "good side" may face. No fence of any type may be placed or altered within the Town right-of-way.
Fences must not restrict/obstruct vehicle sight line for any roadway/driveway as may be determined by the Town's Highway Maintenance Division or Traffic Engineering Division. Fences in commercial zones require review/approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Unless there is a compelling reason to the contrary, speak directly to the neighbor. The best opportunity to resolve a potential issue exists before a formal inquiry or enforcement action takes place. If this is not possible, or if a problem remains, contact our office at 203-622-7753. Please have the correct street address and owner's name available.
The Building Zone Regulations do not prohibit this type of equipment or its location on private property. Discuss the situation with your neighbor and try to reach a mutually agreeable arrangement. Ask your neighbor to come to your home so they may appreciate your perspective and view of their property.
Probably not. Contact Public Works with the following information:
Contact the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency at 203-622-7736.
Prior to the issuance of any certificate of occupancy an as-built grade plane report that provides the actual final grade plane as well as supporting data must be submitted. It must be in the same format as was submitted with the permit application. A further statement reporting the percentage of building perimeter wherein the grade is greater than five feet and a statement reporting any points where the finished grade is 12 feet or more below the first floor elevation are part of the grade plane report. This data may be subject to verification prior to the issuance of any certificate of occupancy.
Prior to the issuance of any certificate of occupancy as-built floor plans presenting calculations in the same scale and manner as on the plans presented with the building permit application (PDF) must be submitted. Plans are to be signed and sealed by the architect. The architect must state on the as-built plans that he/she has physically measured and verified the dimensions of the building. Such measurements may be subject to further verification prior to the issuance of any certificate of occupancy.
Floor Area Ratio verification must be provided when the cumulative floor area for all buildings on a lot equal or exceed 90% of the maximum allowable floor area for that lot. Two complete, identical sets of construction plans must accompany a building permit application (PDF). One of those sets must demonstrate the floor areas that are represented on the permit application form. No other format, separate plan sheets or diagrammatic presentations will be acceptable. Submitted plans must be prepared at 1.25 inch = 1 foot scale.
Proposed construction plans (floor plans, framing plans, building sections, elevations, etc.) must be consistent with the proposed floor area ratio data. If, in the proposed construction plans, there are dimensional inconsistencies or irregularities such plans will not be acceptable and the application will be denied.
You can go to the Permit Records Room in Public Works on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM. The records include building permit files only, dating back to 1926. Although not all files contain plot plans most permit files for new structures or additions built after 1928 do contain them.
This program is ongoing, with the remainder of Greenwich under investigation in our second investigation phase. The letters going out to residents include those for:
Learn more on the How to Comply page.
Inflow is ground or storm water discharged by connection to the sanitary sewer through basement sump pumps, floor drains, roof leaders, foundation and yard drains, catch basins and condensate lines, etc. These types of connections to the sanitary sewer are illegal as dictated by the Town Sewer Code. Inflow sources contribute to high flows in the system, resulting in sanitary sewer overflows. Such overflows can have a detrimental effect on the ecology of the Long Island Sound, reduce water quality for recreation, and create unhealthy environmental conditions for Town residents.
To help identify inflow sources, the Town of Greenwich embarked on a major investigation of its collection system. In the first phase, flow monitoring was conducted in several neighborhoods including Belle Haven, Byram, Old Greenwich, and Riverside. As a result of this monitoring, particular areas were targeted for more specific investigation in the form of smoke testing and building inspections. Additional inspections have identified other areas and the town is starting a second phase of flow monitoring to help identify sources.
From these inflow investigations, we found a total of 181 sump pumps and 30 drains directly connected to the sewer. Sump pumps have the potential to be connected to the sewer because of an unknown discharge location or flexible discharge pipe. The confirmed illegal connections have the potential to discharge 1.55 million gallons of inflow during a storm, approximately 15% of the Grass Island Wastewater Treatment Plant's average daily flow. This is clearly a significant issue for our collection system and treatment plant facilities.
203-622-7881 (Phone)203-622-2221 (Fax)Vendors can click here to tell us about their existing State or other cooperative contractEmail with other questionsReturn to the Purchasing page
You can get your company on a particular vendor list by identifying which commodity or service you are interested in and then submitting the request to be put on the vendor list via email to Charles Zsebik or by letter, addressed to:
Purchasing DepartmentTown Hall101 Field Point RoadGreenwich, CT 06830
You can get a copy of a certain Request For Bid or Request For Proposal by going to the Bids Module.
Purchasing will give you the information on the award upon your request by telephone to 203-622-7881, by email to Charles Zsebik or by letter to:
To get on the RTM you will have to get 25 registered voters from your district to sign a petition. The petition is available at the Town Clerk's office in the summer of the odd years for the upcoming election in November. The petition is due to the Town Clerk in early September of the odd years.
When a vacancy occurs during the RTM term, the members of the district fill the vacancy. Look for news of vacancies on this website and in local newspapers. You should contact your district chair to indicate your interest.
You can find out your district representatives from the RTM directory.
You can find information about the next RTM meeting in the RTM News section, which is posted prior to each meeting. Check the meeting schedule (PDF) for upcoming sessions.
203-622-7893 (Phone)203-618-7654 (Fax)EmailReturn to the Tax Collector page
During the budget process the mil rate is determined by the BET based on how much money the Tax Collector will need to collect for the Town to operate during the upcoming fiscal year.
The normal tax year for your car bill is October through September of next year. Real property taxes are July through June. All tax bills are due July 1st.
Failure to receive a tax bill doesn’t exempt you from payment of taxes and all interest charges. (CGS 12-130) If you don’t receive a bill call the Tax Collector’s office at 203-622-7891.
If the final day to pay your taxes is on a legal holiday or on the weekend, payment may be made the next business day in accordance with Connecticut State Statue 12-169.
You may pay all of your Town of Greenwich taxes on one check but please be sure to reference all the bill numbers on your check.
You can pay your tax bills with a credit card or with an electronic check (EFT) online but not in the Greenwich Tax Collector’s office. Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express are accepted but a convenience fee of 2.95% will be added by the credit card processor. A charge of $0.95 will be added to EFT payments of any size.
A non-refundable fee added to a bill by the service provider.
Military Veterans who have served in the armed forces of the United States can apply for benefits, but they must submit their (DD-214) to the Tax Assessor in order to be eligible for an exemption on either real estate or a motor vehicle.
If you or your spouse is 65 or older, permanently reside in Greenwich and own or have “life use” of a house, after meeting certain income and assessment restrictions, you may be eligible for one or more forms of Town or State property tax credits. Please contact the Assessor’s office for complete details at 203-622-7885.
Partial payments are always accepted. Pay as much as you can before the tax bill becomes delinquent. We will accept partial payments, but you will be charged interest on the unpaid balance going back to the original due date of the tax. The interest is 18% per year, 1.5% per month on the unpaid tax amount.
You may contact us and we will try to work with your partial payments. These payments do not negate any other available collection processes available to the Tax Collector. Please call the office at 203-622-7891 to discuss your account status.
If you newly registered a motor vehicle after October 1st, (first time registration) you will receive a pro-rated tax bill in December, payable by February 1st. This “supplemental” bill will reflect the time from the month the vehicle was first registered, though September only.
Late payments are subject to interest at the rate of 1.5% per month, 18% per annum, from the due date of the tax, in accordance with Connecticut State Statute Number 12-146. An entire month’s interest must be charged for any payment made on and after the first day of any month.
Motor vehicle taxes are due to the municipality where you lived on October 1st, even if you move you will owe your tax bill the following July. You must still pay the town where you resided on October 1st, make sure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as well. All delinquent motor vehicle taxes are reported to the DMV. You will not be able to renew or register any vehicle in your name, until all taxes, interest and collection costs are paid in full. Call your former town of residence if you have not received a bill by July 1st.
The Tax Collector shall apply each partial payment to the oldest interest before making any application to the reduction of any principal.
The window hours are 8:30 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Phone hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 203-622-7891 for more information.
203-622-7897 (Phone)203-861-3117 (Fax)EmailReturn to Town Clerk page
Dog licenses cost $8 for spayed or neutered dogs and $19 if they are not spayed or neutered. View instructions on how to get a license (PDF).
View the Land Recording fee schedule (PDF) for the Town Clerk's Office.
You may request an application of an absentee ballot by phone from the Town Clerk's office at 203-622-7897 or by mail from the:
Town Clerk101 Field Point RoadGreenwich, CT 06830
The Town Clerk will send you a ballot once a completed application with an original signature is received. Ballots are available 30 days prior to an election. This form (along with other election-related forms) is also available on the State of Connecticut website.
The Town of Greenwich is the only place you can apply.
Whatever your legal name is at the time of application. If you changed your name to the previous marriage then that is your legal name unless your divorce decree reverses it or you have gotten a court order name change.
Certified copies are used for legal purposes and can be obtained from the town where the ceremony was performed.
Regardless of where you were married, the court district for the area where you residing at the time of your divorce will have those papers.
Our online tool allows you to check your registration status, your party affiliation, and your polling place all at once. Click here to check your status.
Register to vote online by clicking here.
You can also find other ways to register.
First, check your existing affiliation by clicking here.
You must fill out a new application to vote and indicate the party with which you want to affiliate. If you are a member of a party and want to transfer between parties, it takes three months from the date you apply until your new party affiliation is effective. If you are an unaffiliated voter and want to join a party, complete the voter registration form and your new affiliation is effective immediately.
Once you register to vote, and you are provided your polling, you will always vote at the same location for every election until you change your residence.
Use our online tool to find your polling place.
Applications for Absentee Ballots can be requested by visiting the Town Clerk's office at the Town Hall or by calling 203.622.7897 or online by clicking this link. Applications are available in English and Spanish.
Completed applications should be mailed to the Town Clerk's office at 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich, CT 06830
Applications may also be delivered in person.
Once the application is received by the Town Clerk, she will mail the ballot to the address specified on your application.
To check the status of your absentee ballot, contact the Town Clerk's office.
This year’s State election will occur on November 6, 2018 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Persons who after October 30, 2018:
May register in the office of the Registrar of Voters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 5, 2018.
The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for every primary and election in CT.
You must re-register only:
If you receive a postcard or letter from the Registrar of Voters asking if your name and address are still current, please Send It Back to be certain your name will not become an "inactive voter" removed from the voter list.
We have created a form which you can print out and mail in to be removed from the voter rolls. Unfortunately, state law does not allow us to remove someone due to a telephone call or email.
Click here for the voter registration list removal form.
You may pre-register beginning when you are 17 years old. Once you are pre-registered, you will automatically be added to the voting list and eligible to vote when you turn 18. If you register with a major political party when you are 17 you will be allowed to vote in that party’s primary as a 17 year old as long as you are 18 by that November election.
You are able to apply for an absentee ballot if you are out of your town on the day of the election and for a few other reasons.
Information about different poll worker positions can be found here.
Depending on the election, the Registrars hire between 150 and 225 poll workers.
Submit an application to be a poll worker.
Poll workers are provided with Training Materials appropriate to their positions.
Only registered voters affiliated with a political party can vote in that party's election. For example, if you are a registered Democrat, you can vote only in a Democratic primary. Unaffiliated voters cannot vote in any primary election.
203-622-7889 or 203-622-7890 (Phone)EmailReturn to Voter Registration page