Licenses & Inspections

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The Licenses & Inspections (L&I) Division's highest priority is protecting the health, welfare, and safety of Hartford's residents by:

  • Reviewing construction plans for compliance with building codes and issuing permits
  • Conducting building, housing, and blight inspections for safety and enforcement
  • Inspecting weights and measures
  • Monitoring and demolishing unsafe structures
  • Issuing business licenses
  • Educating and advising property and business owners, the building industry, and the public

 Licenses & Inspections offers the following services:

Business Licensing

Weights and Measures

Weights and Measures staff protect consumers by applying uniform inspection and test procedures, ensuring proper licensing of measurement devices, and by verifying accurate measurements and calibrations. Some examples of Weights and Measures services include:

  • Licensing commercial devices such as scales, gas dispensers, fuel meters and timing devices.
  • Verifying proper labeling of products sold by weight, measure or count, i.e. confirming that a gallon of gas is a gallon.
  • Ensuring that posted and scanned prices for items match.
  • Conducting investigations of fraud in commodities

This team inspects regulated facilities periodically and in response to citizen complaints. Weights and Measures plays a critical role in Hartford's marketplace by protecting consumers and retailers from unfair business practices.

Blight Remediation Team

blighted house The Blight Remediation Team (BRT) enforces the City’s Anti-Blight & Property Maintenance Ordinance by targeting occupied and vacant properties that have deteriorated or become nuisances. BRT works closely with other City departments, including the Department of Public Works and the Department of Health and Human Services to respond to and abate nuisances such as graffiti, litter, and illegal dumping.

The City’s Anti-Blight & Property Maintenance Ordinance strengthens the City’s ability to enforce by:

  • Allowing the City to collect more revenue from fines and liens to offset the cost of blight on the Hartford community; and
  • Enabling the City to abate the nuisance or force a transfer of ownership (through lien foreclosure or voluntary sale) when property owners do not comply.

 The ordinance also:

  • Creates a set of minimum property maintenance standards to educate property owners.
  • Indicates that two or more violations of the minimum property maintenance standards will constitute an anti-blight violation.
  • Increases the number of potential anti-blight violations from 12 to 34.
  • Shortens the time period between notice of violation and issuance of a citation from 30 to 10 days.
  • Creates an opportunity for property owners to request and receive a 30-day extension (forbearance) to correct violations.


  1. Properties undergoing renovation under a current building permit are exempt.
  2. New violations that did not exist under the previous ordinance include:
  • Boarded windows and doors. Property owners are not allowed to keep properties boarded for more than 1 year.
  • Trash accumulation.
  • Weeds and grass over 12 inches high.
  • Inoperable appliances, machinery, and cars being kept on property.



Tax Deferral for Rehabilitated Structures

If you are interested in rehabilitating a blighted property, you may qualify for a temporary reduction or deferral in the assessment on the real property. This could lower your property-tax bill for up to 9 years after the improvements are complete. 

Eligible properties must meet the following conditions:

  • Two or more blight violations exist
  • Within 1,500 ft. of residential property
  • Work must not be already in progress

For more information and to fill out a Request for Deferral Application, please contact the City Tax Assessor.

Housing Code Enforcement

Housing Code Enforcement inspectors rely on State Statutes and Municipal Ordinances to protect the public health and safety in multi-unit (three-family or more) buildings, mixed use structures, and single-family dwellings that are not occupied by the property owner. Housing Code Enforcement staff address concerns of upkeep and general maintenance that create hazards for occupants or for the public.

If you have concerns about adequate ventilation, overcrowding, lack of heat or hot water, poor sanitation, pest control, or other matters please:


Contact Hartford 311