The Planning Department works to ensure continued and improved effectiveness in making the city of New Haven a desirable place to live and work.


The goal of the Planning Department is to guide New Haven’s growth and development through the implementation of adopted development policies and enforcement of land use regulations. Staff also provides professional support to the New Haven Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

Zoning & Floodplain Map Viewer

The online Zoning and Floodplain Map Viewer allows users to access zoning district information for a specific property. Users may also view the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMAs) Special Flood Hazard Area delineations.

New Haven Unified Development Ordinance 

The city's current zoning and subdivision ordinance that was adopted by City Council on November 9th, 2020 and can be accessed here: New Haven UDO 2020

Update to Animal Control Ordinance to Address Chickens

The City of New Haven is seeking public comment on proposed changes to Section 90 Animal Control of the New Haven City Code. The proposed changes seek to move regulations for chickens on residential properties from the zoning ordinance to the animal control section of City Code. A public meeting on the proposed changes will be held on October 28th, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. A copy of the draft regulations can be viewed here: Section 90.03 Proposed Modifications to Animal Control Regulations

Long-Range Planning

Long-range planning is a collaborative process that engages the community in an effort to establish the various goals, policies, and objectives for New Haven’s future. 

The New Haven Comprehensive Land Use and Strategic Economic Plan (PDF) is a document that guides the City’s growth and it is used frequently by a variety of decision-makers. The New Haven Planning Department is responsible for the development of the Comprehensive Plan as well as other long-term planning projects and studies.

Other Services

Planning staff is responsible for a variety of technical services including address management, data collection, and zoning verification.