Community Development

The Department of Community Development manages all functions of town government related to Planning, Zoning, Code Compliance, Building Inspection, Redevelopment and all other functions related to land use, housing, air pollution, and the protection of the natural environment within the town.


Learn more about the permitting process for residential and commercial projects.


Bristol’s Historic District is a special overlay zoning area that preserves and safeguards special areas of local historical and architectural value.


Learn more about the Town of Bristol’s planning activities and guidance.


Learn more about the Town of Bristol’s Zoning Ordinances.

Bristol Bike Connector Study

Learn more about Bristol’s efforts to design a bike route from the southern terminus of the East Bay Bike Path to the Mt. Hope Bridge.

Zoning Ordinance Update 2020

Learn more about the proposed updates to the Zoning Ordinance by following the link below.

Shoreline Access Points

Developed by CRMC, NOAA, Sea Grant RI, and the Coastal Resource Center of the University of Rhode Island, this guide represents a selection of sites that are both legally available and suitable for use by the public. This guide is intended to help the public find existing access sites to the coast.

Bristol Home Repair Program

The Town of Bristol’s Home Repair Program helps individuals, who may not have the necessary means, make improvements to their local residences. The Home Repair Program is funded through the HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Conservation Commission

The mission of the Conservation Commission is to promote and develop the natural resources and protect and preserve natural areas within the Town of Bristol.

Code Compliance

Learn more about the Town of Bristol’s efforts to enforce the Town Code.

Community Plans

The Department of Community Development is pleased to provide constituents with an online repository of community plans, feasibility studies, and reports.

Flood Zone Information

As a public service, the Town of Bristol provides constituents with applicable Special Flood Hazard Information, FEMA elevation, and Flood Insurance information.

Soil Erosion & Stormwater Management

Learn more about Bristol’s soil erosion and stormwater management efforts including the permitting process for developments.

Contact Us

Address: 9 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Diane m. Williamson, aicp, cfm

Director of Community Development

Phone: (401) 253-7000 ext. 126