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This information describes the application process for a new building on vacant land. An expansion will be less intensive, but may still have to touch all these elements.

Permits for renovating space are required, typically for a new tenant.

It is highly recommended* to start with the pre-application review. The Development Services Team, group of Land Use staff members tailored to meet applicants needs, meets twice a month to review plans.  The staff will assist by providing feedback and help on your success. When an application is ready, they will be sure the appropriate Boards and Commissions that have jurisdiction will process by the application.


The intersection of Federal Road and Whisconier Road is currently being revitalized into a walkable downtown with new condominiums and shops. CREDIT: Eva Deitch for The New York Times

Western Connecticut | SCORE

SCORE was formed in 1964 as a resource partner of the Small Business Administration.   Our mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.  Our vision is for every person to have the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner, supported by over 10,000 volunteers organized into 250 geographic chapters.  The Western Connecticut chapter ranks among the highest in client satisfaction across these chapters.

SCORE Western Connecticut and our volunteer business mentors are dedicated to providing the best possible professional quality, free, one-on-one advice face to face, phone, email and via Zoom. The Western Connecticut Chapter volunteers are dedicated and anxious to share their broad mix of entrepreneurial, management and small business experience.   They represent currently employed and retired executives, business owners and community leaders.

We offer a wide variety of on-line and in person workshops and webinars in addition to one-on-one client mentoring services.   We typically conduct more than 600 private, confidential sessions, and over 40 live workshops/webinars each year.  SCORE volunteers use their expertise to help implement business practices to guide our clients on the path to accomplishing their business objectives. Learn More

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