City Plan

Please visit these webpages for all documents complying with

Executive Orders 7B and 7I:

City Plan Commission:

Board of Zoning Appeals:

Historic District Commission:https://historicdistrictcommission-newhavenct

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Modified Notice Requirements for Municipal Public Hearings


Executive Order 7I


This Order SUSPENDS and MODIFIES a variety of state and local rules and regulations, including general statutory provisions on municipal powers, as well as New Haven's charter, ordinances, rules, and regulations.


Specifically related to planning and zoning matters, the Order:

- Extends ALL time deadlines in Chapter 98 (on municipal powers) and the planning and zoning laws, and the 90-day demolition delay requirement to 180 days.


- Eliminates ALL newspaper notice requirements, ALL physical sign posting requirements, and ALL notices required to be filed in the City Clerk’s office if the City posts the information that would have been required in the notice (e.g., a meeting date/time and Zoom conference info) on the website.


- Eliminates mailed notice (e.g. for abutters in zoning cases, or to State agencies like OPM or DEEP in municipal applications). If there’s an email address to send the notice to, the applicant can email notice. OR if there’s no email address, the person required to provide notice can send mail to recipients on a list provided by a municipality, or, by the posting of a physical sign at the property.


- Allows petitions to be signed and submitted electronically.

- Allows appeals of zoning enforcement officer or inland wetland agency decisions to be emailed.

Executive Order 7B

Governor Lamont has issued an executive order that changes, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, notice requirements for all municipal commissions (including land use boards):

The executive order:


- Eliminates the in-person meeting requirement

- Allows meetings by phone/video if noticed on the website

- Requires recordation/transcription & posting to the website if you opt to meet by phone/video

- Requires agenda/application materials 24 hours in advance be posted to web

- Suggests public hearing materials be submitted 24 hours in advance but allows them to be submitted afterward


What this means is that the land use boards do not have to meet in person, but can meet remotely. Testimony can be taken and decisions can be made by phone/video. As such, the City Plan Department will post commission information here for the foreseeable future.


For more information, contact  the City Plan Department at (203) 946-6379


Board and Commission Vacancies

Are you resident who is interested in land use and development in New Haven? We are currently looking for dedicated citizens who are interested in serving on the City Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Historic District Commission. These volunteer boards are actively and proactively involved in development review, zoning applications, and historic preservation for projects coming to the City of New Haven. If you are interested in learning more about either board, please reach out to the City Plan Department at (203) 946-6379.

If you are interested in applying, please send the completed application form and a résumé to: City Plan Department, 165 Church Street, 5th Floor, New Haven, CT 06510.

Download the application form here:
Boards and Commissions Application

About Our Department

The City Plan Department facilitates the physical development of the City and encourages the development of sustainable land use, economic, and social policy. We are responsible for the Comprehensive Plan of Development, as well as other area-specific development plans.

We work with city agencies, commissions, and boards to provide planning, zoning, and development information and advice, assisting residents, businesses, and developers in achieving the City's development objectives.

We are a local partner of the United States Census Bureau.

Contact Us


Aïcha Woods
Executive Director

(203) 946-6379

165 Church St. | 5th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm