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The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based, civilian volunteer program committed to strengthen and support local public health infrastructure MRC volunteers assist their communities in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. The Middletown MRC serves all of Middlesex County.
Anyone interested in supporting on-going public health needs and serving during times of natural or made-made emergencies and disasters can volunteer to be part of the MRC. Volunteers are active or retired medical professionals as well as non-medical personnel. They are your neighbors, friends and family members. You need not be a resident of Middlesex County or have medical background to be a volunteer with the MRC.
The MRC serves as an excellent place for networking and receiving valuable experience. MRC volunteers can utilize and improve their skills by supporting public health initiatives and preparing for community emergencies. All training and certifications are free and there is no cost for equipment.
Preparation and practice is critical for addressing a wide range of public health challenges and responding to emergency situations. The MRC can be called into action for planned community events or during emergency situations so periodic training and regular meetings are held throughout the year.
Upcoming meetings are listed. The meeting place is South Fire District. The time is 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Complete the MRC Application Form (PDF). Once approved, you will receive orientation and be able to participate in trainings, exercises, meetings and events.
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 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:
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.
Only on rare occasions are committee meetings private.
Minutes of all committee meetings are available either through this website or at Middletown's Department of Planning, Conservation, and Development located in room 202 in the Municipal Building.
Tape recordings of certain committee meetings are available upon request at Middletown's Department of Planning, Conservation, and Development. Please call 860-638-4840 and see if a tape recording was made of the meeting you are interested in and to schedule a time for you to come by and listen.
Copy of tapes can be purchased, call to see current cost per tape.
The Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation, and Development handles the following issues:
Listed are all of the other issues and what departments address them:
The City of Middletown currently has a number of active redevelopment initiatives underway. Plans and Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) are available below.
The following pages can help in understanding the zoning code of Middletown:
If your question cannot be answered here, then please email the Planning Department or visit the Planning Department at City Hall
FEMA Flood Maps can be viewed in the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation, and Development or you can find the property or area in the City of Middletown that you are interested in and select the Flood Plain Map option on the City's Web GIS mapping system.
The City of Middletown can provide you unofficial maps of your property through the new Web GIS Mapping system.
Official maps of your property may be found at the Town Clerk's office since they record any changes to boundary lines, if a map was recorded and submitted to them in the past. For more information please call the Town Clerk's office at 860-638-4910.
The Planning department does not maintain this kind of information. We can only help you determine what zone your property is located in and what changes you are allowed to make to your property. The Tax Assessor's office can provide you with basic information about your property, including lot size and dimensions.
For more information please call the Tax Assesor's office at 860-638-4930.
Go the City's Web GIS Mapping System to locate properties and generate customized maps.
The Town Clerk may have an old map on file if it was filed by an owner of the property. To find if any such maps exist, you must visit the Town Clerks office and ask to see their listing of maps, by street address (the two three-hole binders near the micro-film viewers in the deeds room).
For more information please call the Town Clerk's office at 860-638-4910.
A setback is the distance between a structure and a property line, a natural feature, a road right-of-way, and other improvements. In all residential and rural zoning districts, setbacks are required from all property lines and roadways.
View the Zoning Setback Brochure (PDF).
Setbacks vary with zoning but can also be affected by further restrictions recorded on subdivision maps.
The front property line is the side containing the road right-of-way or easement. The rear property line is the line opposite the front line.
Reading the appropriate Sections relating to the appropriate Zone of Middletown Zoning Code can assist in determining what the setback requirements for a property in a particular zone are:
You can also look at the City's Web GIS Mapping System which allows you to search for your property and find the zone
There is a large detailed zoning map available to be viewed in the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development
You can also email Michiel Wackers your location and we can send you a reply as to your zone. Please provide the street, street number and any nearby cross streets, or recognizable buildings or features nearby.
To find out if you can subdivide your property, you must meet the criteria laid out in Middletown's Subdivision Regulations. A copy can be viewed and/or purchased at the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.
It is also advisable that you consult with the Planning division staff as to whether or not your property is eligible for a subdivision. You must first know the exact dimensions and the zone designation of your property. Dimensions of your property can found at the Middletown Tax Assessor's Office and a property's zone designation can be found at the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development.
When you are beginning to look at putting an addition or deck on your home or a pool on your property, you need to first know what zone your property is located in and the corresponding setbacks that are associated with that zone. If you do not know the zone of your property you can find out by call 860-638-4840 or come view the zoning map at the Department of Planning, Conservation, and Development in the Municipal Building of Middletown.
Once you know your zoning view check Section 21 of the Zoning Code to find what the setback requirements are for your property. If you are unfamiliar with setbacks, this is the distance from your property line that you are not allow to put a structure.
When you have this information you can decide on the design and location of your addition, deck, or pool and plot this on a map (sample maps (PDF)). Fill out an application (PDF) and submit it with the correct fee. The Planning Division will contact you when it has been approved or needs further information.
Once you have your approval from the Planning division, you can go to the Building Department and request a building permit.
For more information, the follow resources can be helpful:
Also the following Committees and Commissions that make decisions relating to certain planning issues:
Regulations concerning fences are governed by Section 12 and Section 13 of the Zoning Code.
The appropriate sections from the Zoning Code are as follows:
To know how high or how large you can build your house, you must know what zoning designation your property has.
When you know the zone, you can use the following as a guide:
Section 60 (PDF) of the Zoning Code can show what kind of uses can be operated on a site within a residential zone. Most other commercial zones, acceptable uses can be found in Section 61 (PDF) of the Zoning Code.
In order to find out information concerning public housing or Section 8 in Middletown, please contact the Housing Authority at:40 Broad StreetMiddletown, CT 06457-3249Phone: 860-346-8671Fax: 860-347-0534
When you suspect that a zoning violation has occurred in your neighborhood, the best thing you can do is contact and explain the situation to the zoning enforcement officer in the Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation, and Development.
The Zoning Enforcement Office can be reached by calling 860-638-4840.
The following are frequent inquiries to our office and our normal procedures for deal with them:
To learn about what kind of permits are needed for different building projects, please review the Permits page and the Residential Permits page for more information.
Intent: To fulfill an increasing need for smaller, more affordable housing units in owner occupied, single-family homes while preserving the quality of Middletown's housing stock character of its neighborhoods.
Definition and Applicability: An accessory apartment is herein defined as a second dwelling unit within or attached to a single-family residence. An accessory apartment will be allowed as a permitted use in all areas zoned for single-family homes.
The accessory apartment will be approved only if the applicant has demonstrated that the proposed unit meets the following standards:
911 should only be used for extreme emergencies, such as a medical emergency, crime in progress, serious motor vehicle accident, etc. For all routine non-emergency calls, please call 860-347-6941.
For non-emergencies, please call 860-347-6941.
The Middletown Police Department is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We never close.
The Police Department Headquarters is located at:
222 Main StreetMiddletown, CT 06457
You can park in any stall on Main Street (metered) or in the City parking lot behind the police department. In the City lot, there is a $1 per hour charge.
Police reports are generally available 5 to 7 days following the incident. Police reports, when completed, may be obtained at the Records Bureau between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Police reports are generally available 5 to 7 days following the incident. Police reports, when completed, may be obtained at the Records Bureau between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is a fee.
Pistol permit applications are available at the Middletown Police Department Record's Bureau. The application outlines the appropriate steps an applicant will need to follow in order to obtain a pistol permit.
Fingerprinting is done for City of Middletown residents only. There is no charge for this service and no appointment is necessary. Please bring proof of residency (any mail or bill with name and address) and a valid photo identification. In most cases, you will need to provide the fingerprint cards.
Please call 860-638-4094 and leave a message. Your call will be returned by one of our Car Seat Education Officers.
Some City services, such as trash pick-up, are only available in certain areas of Middletown. SeeClickFix is aware where a specific service is available and will limit requests for that service to the appropriate areas.
Some public resources are not maintained by the City. For instance, state highways (like Route 66/Washington Street) are maintained by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. SeeClickFix will not accept requests for services that are not provided by the City.
Certain issues, such as reporting unsanitary rental properties, cannot be addressed by the City without coordinating with the person reporting the problem.
If a request is a "public" request, anyone using the SeeClickFix system will see the problem pinned to the map and can follow its progress. Potholes, for example, can be seen by everyone. Public requests help reduce duplicate reports of problems.
If a request is "private", only the submitter and City employees can see it.
Yes! The water that you receive from the Middletown Water Department is very safe to drink. We constantly monitor and test your drinking water. For additional information see our Water Quality Reports.
Residential users are billed two times a year; once in May and then in November. Larger water consumers and commercial customers are billed monthly.
Bills should be paid within 30 days from the first of the month in which you are billed. Bills become delinquent 30 days past the due date and interest will be charged at the rate of 1.5% per month or fraction thereof. If you choose to pay online, be sure to set up your auto pay before the May 1st and Nov 1st billing dates to avoid late payment fees.
There may be several reasons that your usage could be unusually high. One of the most common issues is a leaking toilet or other leaky plumbing fixtures. Please review Ways to Reduce Your Bill for more information. If you still have questions, please call out Billing Division at 860-638-3501.
Please contact the Manager of Regulatory and Technical Affairs for all Water Quality complaints by calling 860-638-3545.
There are two types of sewage backup:
If you are unsure, please call us.
Middletown currently has two active sources: the Mount Higby Reservoir and the River Road Well field. For additional information please review the Department's annual water quality reports.
The standard residential fee for a sanitary sewer service is $3,500. Other Fees may apply for commercial and industrial connections. More information is available on our Connection Fee page or or by contacting the Engineering Division.
The standard residential fee for a new water service is $3,250. Other Fees may apply for commercial and industrial connections. More information is available on our Connection Fee page or or by contacting the Engineering Division.
Location approval is a mechanism which allows the local level to indicate to the State that the site is acceptable for the proposed use. The primary considerations are in regard to traffic, and the location's proximity to schools and churches.
Requirements for formal applications are found in the Appendix of the Developer's Guide.
It is highly recommended that you consult with the Planning staff prior to making a formal application. If the site has a previous location approval, you may not need to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Time frames are the same as for a variance.
A variance makes an exception to the Zoning Code due to conditions of unreasonable hardship. Variances exist to provide flexibility in the law. This flexibility is important to make provisions for uses which apply to the strict enforcement of the regulations but will pose no substantial harm to the overall public health, safety, and welfare.
It is recommended that you consult with the City's Planning Staff prior to making a formal application for a variance. In Middletown, the Zoning Board of Appeals can only grant bulk variances. This is because use variances tend to lead to the degradation of the Zoning Code. Therefore, in most cases, the Planning Staff will recommend to you that you seek a zone change.
The Zoning Board of Appeals must provide adequate notice prior to the required public hearing (refer to flowchart) and then hold the hearing 65 days from the day of receipt. A decision must come within 65 days of the close of the hearing and the hearing is to conclude 30 days after it commences. You and all other concerned parties have a 15 day appeal period from the day the notice of the decision appeared in the newspaper.
If the decision is a favorable one, you then should file the variance on the land variance on the land records and apply for a building permit. If it is not favorable, you may appeal the decision to the Superior Court.