Development Services


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.
  • Initiate and manage the implementation of long term plans
  • Manage the disposition of City-owned property.

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

Department Head


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

Don Chapman
Director of Small Business & Community Development

Small Business Division Staff Directory

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

Judith H. Rothschild, J.D.
Director of Blight Remediation & Housing Code Enforcement

Blight Remediation and Housing Code Enforcement Staff Directory


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

L&I Division Staff Directory


The Department of Development Services presently has no open bids. Check out the PlanetBids Vendor Portal below for other City Bid opportunities.  

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Upcoming Meetings

- South Branch Park River Trail Public Meeting - Wednesday, May 26th - 6pm  

Important Announcements 


The City of Hartford is partnering with the Capitol Region Council of Governments and LINK Scooter to offer an electric scooter share system in the City.  At no cost to the City, the scooters are available now with a small deployment in the downtown, which will expand to the entire City. Check out our Scooter Share page to learn more!  

SBA Launches Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a splash page for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8, 2021.   

The SVOG program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act, which appropriated $15 billion for it. The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, appropriated an additional $1.25 billion, bringing the program funding to a total of $16.25 billion, with more than $16 billion allocated for grants.  

Visit the SBA website,, for more details on the program. To prepare in advance of the SVOG application portal opening on April 8, potential applicants should get registered in the federal government’s System for Award Management (, as this is required for an entity to receive an SVOG, and reference the preliminary application checklist and eligibility requirements.