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The Downtown area, also known as the Central Business Zone (B-1) has stricter sign standards applied to it. The following aspects are required for any business that wants to install a sign in the downtown area:
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Yes, the economic development specialists keeps a folder on all vacant office, retail, and/or industrial space that may be available.
You can either look though the folder by visiting Planning, Conservation, and Development Office. The three-hole binder is located on the table near the reception desk.
You can also call our office and speak to the Economic Development Specialist on what spaces maybe available for your business, the phone number is 260-638-4840.
It is always advisable to consult with the Department of Planning, Conservation, and Development when considering to set up a business in Middletown. you will want to get information on the following issues:
Make sure that you also contact the following departments to learn about other requirements you may need to follow. To reach the Health Department, please call 860-638-4960. To reach the Building Division, please call 860-638-4870.
The zone designation of a piece of property, will determine what uses are allowed or not allowed. Business generally can conduct operations in the following zones:
To find out what commercial uses are allow for each zone, consult Section 61 (PDF) of the Zoning Code.
Residential Zones allow only for very small scale types of business, that have been issued a Residential Unit Business Pursuit permit. Or what is allowed by Special Exception according to Section 60 of the Zoning Code.
Section 61 of the Zoning Code can show what kind of business can be operated on a site within the following zones:
Most other zone will likely need a Special Exception in order to carry out a commercial operations. These can be found in Section 60 (PDF) of the Zoning Code.
The maximum height for a free standing sign is 10 feet above ground level.
Note that free standing signs are not permitted in the Central Business zone (B-1), also known as the downtown area.
Parking for businesses are regulated by Section 40 (PDF) of the Zoning Code.
Different business require different numbers of parking spaces and/or loading areas.
No business can be operated unless that business can provide and maintain the appropriate amount of parking required.
The City does offer the following to businesses:
Businesses interested in seeing what other incentives and programs are available should contact the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce by calling them at 860-347-6924 or by visiting their website.
The following steps should be taken to installing a new sign for a business:
The purpose of permitting this accessory activity is to allow certain small scale quasi-business undertakings by the dwelling occupant that will not influence the immediate neighborhood and would not be economically feasible if conducted in a totally business setting.
View the application form (PDF) to permit a home-based business.