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, 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.


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

Blight Remediation and Housing Code Enforcement Staff Directory

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Erin Howard, AICP
Economic Development Director and
Acting Planning & Zoning Director

Economic Development Division Staff Directory 


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Brian Mathews 
Housing Director

Housing Division Staff Directory


Licenses & Inspections

Licenses & Inspections Division Staff Directory


Planning & Zoning

Planning & Zoning Division Staff Directory


Yvonne Zhao, Director of Small Business Initiatives and Support

Yvonne Zhao
Director of Small Business Initiatives and Support

Small Business Division Staff Directory


The Department of Development Services uses the Accela Citizen Access (ACA) portal to accept all Licenses & Inspections (L&I) and Planning & Zoning (P&Z) applications. Please create 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". For additional information and documents about L&I and P&Z permits, please view the service pages below.  

ACA Portal 

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

In order to view bid opportunities with the City of Hartford you must be registered as a vendor in Planetbids. Please note, if you already have a vendor profile, log into your account by clicking on the PlanetBids Vendor Portal button, then select "Bid Opportunities".

PlanetBids Vendor Portal


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Special events staff manage and execute approvals for events using city services or assets, or that are to be held on public property. Special Events include: block parties, festivals, parades, and marathons. Select services below to apply to use city property:


To submit a request to put up a tent or other temporary structure, submit a Building Permit.

To apply for a temporary liquor permit or for temporary uses on private property, submit a request to Planning & Zoning

Hartford Arts & Culture

Steel Drums

Hartford is home... historic sites, landmarks, and cultural attractions. These sites include The Wadsworth Atheneum (the first public museum in America!), the beautiful and historic Bushnell Park (the first public park in America!), Keney Park (one of the largest municipal parks in New England-designed by the Olmsted Brothers' firm), and Coltsville National Historical Park. The city's neighborhoods are brimming with wonderous examples of Italianate, Queen Anne, Victorian, and Neo-Classical Revival styles of architecture. The neighborhoods are home to creatives of all mediums. And the food! Hartford celebrates its diverse population through its restaurants! 

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