Zoning Enforcement Powers
Zoning Enforcement Officers have the following enforcement powers where a violation exists:
- To issue Notices of Violation to the owner or tenant of any building or structure and any architect, builder, contractor, agent, or other person (including a user of public property in the OS district) who commits, participates in, assists in, or maintains such violations
- To deny or withhold all permits, certificates, or other forms of authorization
- To withhold all permits, certificates, or other forms of authorization on any other land owned by the same owner
- To stop work
- To confiscate signs illegally placed on public property.
- The City may seek an injunction or other equitable relief in court to stop any violation
- The City may seek a court order to abate or remove a violation or to otherwise restore the premises to its previous condition
- The City may issue a municipal citation and a penalty of $150.00 per day, per violation.
In accordance with Section 1.4 of the Hartford Zoning Regulations, the following activities are considered violations:
- To use land, buildings, or other structures in any way that is not consistent with the requirements of the zoning regulations;
- To erect a building or other structure in any way not consistent with the requirements of the zoning regulations;
- To install or use a sign in any way not consistent with the requirements of the zoning regulations;
- To engage in the use of a building, structure, or land, the use or installation of a sign, or any other activity requiring one or more permits or approvals under the zoning regulations, without obtaining such required permits or approvals;
- To engage in the use of a building, structure, or land, the use or installation of a sign, or any other activity for which a permit or approval has been granted under the zoning regulations or under previous zoning regulations of the city, that is in any way inconsistent with such permit or approval or any conditions imposed on the permit or approval;
- To violate the terms of any permit or approval granted under the zoning regulations, or under previous zoning regulations of the city, or any condition imposed on the permit or approval;
- To obscure, obstruct, or destroy any notice required to be posted under the zoning regulations;
- To violate any lawful order issued by any authorized public official; or
To continue any violation after receipt of notice of a violation.
REPORT A ZONING VIOLATION
The Department of Development Services uses the ACA portal to accept all Planning and Zoning applications. Please create an an ACA account to submit applications.
After creating an account, please select "Create an Application" on the home page. To view existing applications and check their status, please select "Search Applications". The service pages below - related to Planning and Zoning - will also take you to the ACA portal, but will provide additional information and documents.