Development Services

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Our department works toward growing a more sustainable economy and creating a more vibrant, livable Hartford for residents and visitors alike. Development Services is comprised of a number of divisions which:

  • Review plans, issue permits, and inspection projects in accordance with building codes and zoning regulations.
  • Issue business licenses and assist with small business development.
  • Respond to complaints regarding code violations.
  • Inspect, monitor, and cite vacant and/or dangerous buildings.
  • Help landlords and tenants understand their responsibilities and repair their properties.
  • Work with the public to plan and permit special events.
  • Manage the disposition of City-owned property.

Please contact us with questions. We look forward to serving you.

Department Head

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I. Charles Mathews, Acting Director

I. Charles Mathews served as Deputy Mayor in the early 1990s. He has served in senior roles at Fortune 100 companies; is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; a former Board President of the Wilson Gray YMCA and the Hartford Stadium Authority. He received a bachelor’s degree with honor from Wesleyan University and a law degree from Cornell University.

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Aimee Chambers, AICP
Director of Planning

Planning & Zoning Division Staff Directory

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Don Chapman
Director of Small Business & Community Development

Small Business Division Staff Directory

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John Collins
Chief of Building and Trades,

Licenses & Inspections Division

 L&I Division Staff Directory

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Erin Howard, AICP
Economic Development Director

Economic Development Division Staff Directory

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Brian Mathews 
Housing Director

Housing Division Staff Directory

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Michael Perez
Acting Director of Blight Remediation & Housing Code Enforcement, Licenses & Inspections Division

L&I Division Staff Directory

 

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Dr. Elda Sinani, LL.M.
Director of Licenses & Inspections

L&I Division Staff Directory

 

“Perseverance can overcome all obstacles. Even the law of nature cannot stop it.” – John D. Rockefeller Two Figures Maintaining Social Distancing

The Department of Development Services is dedicated to helping its business community recover from the economic effects suffered due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.  This section intends to provide resources for businesses to utilize in their recovery.

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