Planning & Zoning Regulations & Applications: Litchfield, Connecticut (CT)

The purpose of the Planning & Zoning Commission is to guide the growth and development of the Town of Litchfield so as to promote beneficial and convenient relationships among residential, commercial, industrial and public areas within the town in accordance with Section 8 of the Connecticut General Statutes and the Town of Litchfield Planning & Zoning Regulations. Planning & Zoning is responsible for the issuance of permits related to commercial projects as well as additions or accessory structures.

The function of the Town of Litchfield Planning & Zoning Commission includes but is not limited to: adopt, amend and administer the Subdivision Regulations, deciding upon applications for approval of subdivision or resubdivision plans; to adopt and amend the Towns Plan of Conservation and Development, to review and make recommendations on all proposed municipal improvements.

Permits are typically required for: new buildings, structures and accessory structures, home occupations, signs, tennis and other sports courts, swimming pools, fences, patios, decks, remodeling that will change a buildings use, proposed uses of existing and proposed buildings and properties, such as commercial uses.

Below please find various application forms and the actual Town of Litchfield Zoning Regulations. If you have any questions relative to whether your proposed activity requires a zoning permit, please do not hesitate to contact us at (860) 354-9346 so that we may assist you. We also offer full service land use permitting where we handle the entire permitting process from beginning to end.

Litchfield Zoning Regulations
Adopted July 22, 1970, last revised January 1, 2009, the Town of Litchfield Zoning Regulations should be consulted prior to performing any activity that requires a zoning permit. The Zoning Regulations exist to provide for the orderly and responsible growth of the Town from a residential, commercial and industrial perspective.

Litchfield Zoning Map
Open this map to determine what zone the property you are interested is in. The zone of the property impacts how close you can have a structure to your property line, how big a structure can be on your property and what uses are allowed for the particular zone (i.e. – commercial or residential.)

Litchfield Zoning Inset Map
A detailed inset of the zoning map.

Litchfield Zoning Permit Application
This application must be filled out for someone who is proposing a house or addition in the Town of Litchfield. This application requires a survey and civil engineering services which we will be happy to provide for you.

Litchfield Zoning Permit Application Instructions
This document provides instructions on how to properly apply for a zoning permit.

Litchfield Approvals Checklist Required Prior to Zoning Permit Application
You must take this form to the various Town of Litchfield departments and receive signoff from them prior to application for a zoning permit.

Litchfield Site Plan/Special Exception Application
This application must be filled out for someone who is performing an activity which requires a Site Plan and/or Special Exception. Uses which are Special Exceptions include commercial stables, two-family homes, accessory apartments, bed and breakfasts, professional offices, etc. A Special Exception will require a Public Hearing at which you must inform your neighbors of the hearing date and the public at large will have the opportunity to comment on your development. A Site Plan/Special Exception application typically requires a survey and civil engineering services which can be performed in house by our staff for you.

Litchfield Site Plan/Special Exception Application Procedures
This document details the application procedures that must be followed when applying for a site plan or special exception approval.

Litchfield Application for Design Review
Whenever an application is made in Litchfield for a site plan or special exception the proposed elevations and layout are submitted to the Design Review Advisory Committee (DRAC). They are basically an architectural review board to ensure that the historical character of Litchfield is being maintained. This application must be filled out prior to presentation to the DRAC.

Litchfield Application for Zone Change
This application must be filled out by anyone proposing a zone change in the Town of Litchfield.

Litchfield Subdivision Regulations
Adopted September 9, 1965, last revised January 1, 2009, the Town of Litchfield Subdivision Regulations should be consulted prior to considering a subdivision or resubdivision. The Regulations spell out the requirements relative to splitting your land into multiple building lots.

Litchfield Subdivision Application Form
This is the application form that must be filled out for anyone proposing to subdivide or resubdivide their land. A set of subdivision plans typically consist of a surveysite development planstormwater management plan, and sedimentation and erosion control plan which can all be performed by our office. Please contact us at (860) 354-9346 for more information on how we can help you subdivide your property.

Litchfield Aquifer Protection Regulations
These Regulations must be followed if you are within the Aquifer Protection District.

Litchfield Plan of Conservation and Development
The Town of Litchfield Plan of Conservation and Development , adopted June4, 2007, provides a framework of needs, policies, actions and priorities that will guide community decision makers on land-use management, community facilities development, parks and recreation, open space and environmental conservation, transportation and traffic improvement, utilities services and economic development. At least once every ten years the Commission must prepare or amend, and must adopt a Plan of Conservation and Development.

Litchfield Land Use Complaint Form
If you have a complaint against an employee of the Land Use Department this is the form that you must fill out.

Connecticut Public Act 05-124
This Act states that an applicant cannot file a permit application other than for interior work in an existing building or for exterior work that does not expand or alter the footprint of an existing building if the subject property is encumbered by a conservation restriction or preservation restriction. Please read the above Act fully to ensure that your permit will not be unnecessarily overturned if it is to be appealed.

If you have any questions regarding the interpretation of a local land use regulation or application or you are interested in working with us on a project, contact us at (860) 354-9346. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Please note that you should always contact the Town of Litchfield to determine if the Regulations and/or application forms have recently changed.