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Zoning/Building

In the building, renovation and/or development of Greenwich real estate, it is important to recognize there are numerous regulations that determine how real estate can be improved and developed. These regulations are monitored by many town departments/agencies, see below.

Note: Before contemplating any renovation, building project or development of residential or commercial property and before making any important decisions or commitments, consult all applicable town departments/agencies and your attorney, architect and engineer.

Greenwich Building, Zoning, Health and Wetlands Departments


The Town of Greenwich has guidelines for zoning, building, wetlands and health to protect the integrity of the town’s geographic, architectural, environmental and aesthetic appeal.

Greenwich Building Department


The Greenwich Building Department oversees all laws governing the construction of buildings, homes, pools, guest houses (all structures) and all systems and services installed in those structures, including: plumbing, electrical, mechanical and HVAC. All permits for building, plumbing and electrical work are issued by this office. The applications require appropriate architectural drawings or sketches along with a designated fee. To review the permitting process contact the Greenwich Building Department:

Greenwich Building Department

Town of Greenwich-Town Hall

101 Field Point Rd, 2nd Floor.

Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

203.622.7743



Official Greenwich Building Department Web Page


(http://www.greenwichct.org/Government/Departments/Public_Works/Building_Inspection/)

Planning and Zoning Department (Commission)


The Planning and Zoning Department oversees the zoning regulations of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the State of Connecticut. In conjunction with the commission, the department is responsible for approving all subdivisions, lot splits, site plans, sign applications, municipal improvement requests, erosions control plans, rezoning and re-subdivision requests and more.

Given that in building, renovating and developing property, nearly every circumstance is unique, direct contact with should be made with this department: 



Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission/Department

Town of Greenwich-Town Hall
101 Field Point Rd, 2nd Floor

Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

203.622.7894



Official Planning and Zoning Web Page


(http://www.greenwichct.org/Government/Departments/Planning_and_Zoning/)

Greenwich Health Department


The Greenwich Health Department oversees the health aspects material to residential and commercial real estate renovation and development. This includes digging of freshwater wells, development, expansion and abandoning of residential septic systems, building swimming pools and food service oversight (commercial properties), among others. Prior to any installation, permits and fees need to be acquired and engineering and building plans need to be submitted for approval. Submit questions to the department at:

Greenwich Health Department
Town of Greenwich-Town Hall

101 Field Point Rd., 3rd Floor

Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

203.622.6488 or 203.622.7836



Official Health Department Web Page


(http://www.greenwichct.org/Government/Departments/Health_Department/ )

Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency


Inlands wetlands and watercourses are vital resources essential to the supply of surface and underground water, control of flooding and erosion, re-purification of groundwater and survival of many forms of aquatic and plant life. The agency is charged with responsibility for making sure natural resources like ponds, lakes, areas with wetland soils, etc., are protected from destruction or disturbance. Many properties in Greenwich have situations that call for the agency’s oversight. To find out whether oversight applies to any property, contact the:



Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency

Town of Greenwich-Town Hall

101 Field Point Rd., 2nd Floor

Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

203.622.7736



Official Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency Web Page


(http://www.greenwichct.org/Government/Departments/Inland_Wetlands_Watercourses/)