Planning & Neighborhood Services


  • To ensure the well-being of Norwich residents and the local economy through enforcement of the building and housing codes, zoning ordinances and proactively encouraging appropriate development and the combat of blighted properties.

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Submission Procedure for Building, Zoning and Land Use Board Applications

The City of Norwich, including the Planning and Neighborhood Services Department is committed to servicing the community during this time of crisis.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the hours that the office is being staffed are staggered and allow for some personnel to work remotely to curtail the potential spread of infection.  The public will not be admitted into the building for their safety and that of City personnel.

All land use application forms, including for a building permit, are available online on our webpage.  For the convenience of our customers, we are currently working to convert all department forms to a fillable PDF format, but until that occurs please print out the form and manually complete it making sure to print as legible as possible.    

The preferred method for receipt of all land use applications and supporting documents is through email to the proper staff member (see below list).  If you cannot scan a document and save it as a PDF to attach to your email, please consider dropping it off at our office.  There is a red plastic drop box located on the front stoop of 23 Union St which will be checked periodically during the weekday.  Should you use the box, please send an email to the appropriate staff below so your submission can be retrieved as quickly as possible.  Materials left in the box should be placed in a plastic bag to protect them from the elements. DO NOT leave any form of payment in the box unless instructed to do so by an official able to immediately retrieve the payment from the box.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this challenging time.  It is our goal to continue to operate as efficiently and expeditiously as possible to meet your needs.


Zoning Permits:

Zoning Officer, Richard Shuck

Building Permits: (Select one – you do not need to email both)

Building Official, Dan Coley

Assistant Building Official, Chris Case

Commission on the City Plan:

Director of P&NS / City Planner, Deanna Rhodes

Inland Wetlands & Water Course Conservation Commission:

Assistant City Planner / Wetlands Agent, Dan Daniska

Misc. Questions and Payment Options: 

Linda Lee Smith

Debbie Delaporta

Due to the potential for the spread of COVID-19 all Planning and Neighborhood Services public meetings will be held remotely. Click here for details.

Zoning Regulations

Zoning Regulations

Village District Guidelines

Village District Guidelines

Plan of Conservation and Development


POCD Implementation Guide


Subdivision Regulations