Building, Planning & Zoning

The Building, Planning & Zoning Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the land development & subdivision regulations, zoning ordinance, state building code, and housing maintenance and occupancy code. The department plays an important role in land use, environmental protection, and economic growth. The department also provides cooperation and assistance with other Town departments and outside agencies in accordance with the Town charter and Rhode Island state law(s).


Community Resources:

Register to be notified of any changes in our local subdivision regulations or zoning ordinances by signing up for our public registry

Comprehensive Community Plan

Zoning Ordinance

Richmond GIS 

Richmond Zoning Map

Community Septic System Loan Program (CSSLP):  
The CSSLP is offered by RI Housing in partnership with the RI Infrastructure Bank, RI Department of Environmental Management and the Town of Richmond. The program goal is to safeguard public health and protect and improve ground and surface water resources by ensuring the proper function and maintenance of all septic systems in Richmond. The program provides low interest loans to residents to repair or replace failing or substandard septic systems, or to replace cesspools with new septic systems.
Info Sheet

Building Forms (see Building page for more detail)

Residential Building Permit Checklist
Commercial/Multi-Unit Permit Checklist
Homeowners Affidavit (PDF)
Application for Water Service

Planning Forms (see Planning page for more detail)

Comprehensive Permit Application (PDF)
Development Plan Review Application (PDF)
Land Development or Subdivision Approval Application (PDF)

Zoning Forms (see Zoning page for more detail)

Zoning Board of Review Application
Sign Permit Application
Zoning Determination Application
Zoning Certificate Application