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.
  • 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

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

L&I Division Staff Directory


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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