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Contact Information

Guy Weston, Zoning Officer
(401) 845-5452

Helen Johnson, Preservation Planner
(401) 845-5415

City Hall - 3rd Floor
43 Broadway
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Monday through Friday

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Contact Information

Guy Weston, Zoning Officer
(401) 845-5452

Helen Johnson, Preservation Planner
(401) 845-5415

City Hall - 3rd Floor
43 Broadway
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Monday through Friday

View Staff Directory »

Zoning & Historic Preservation

Our Misssion

The mission of the Department of Zoning and Inspections is to ensure compliance with construction, zoning and nuisance codes and to protect public health, safety and welfare within the community.

The Department serves as a one-stop shop for land development review and regulations for building, housing, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, zoning (certificates, variances, special uses and historic) within the City of Newport.

The Planning Division also provides support to the Planning Board and the Historic District Commission.
 


Newport is now participating in the Statewide e-permitting system. For all Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Moving or Demolition, and Plumbing Permit Applications, use the link above to access the e-permitting system.

Flood Safe Newport

Being a flood safe community means protecting our community and saving homeowners on flood insurance.

Historic Preservation

With the largest collection of colonial homes in the United States, Newport truly lives in its history. Caring for these historic properties is a community effort. 

Planning Board

The volunteer members of the Newport Planning Board are responsible for ensuring that developments and other building projects fit within the City's long-term comprehensive plan. 

Comprehensive Land Use Plan

Download a copy of the City's guiding planning document, the Comprehensive Land Use Plan

GIS Portal

Discover Newport through our robust GIS Mapping tool 

Maps & Plans

Click here to search and download copies of relevant maps & plans 

Planning News

Cliff Walk Named

Cliff Walk Named "Best of Rhode Island"

NEWPORT -- Newport’s world-famous Cliff Walk, the most popular tourist attraction in Rhode Island, was recently recognized by Rhode Island Magazine as the “Best Hike in Rhode Island” and “The Best Free Activity in Newport County.”

The Cliff Walk Commission, which oversees the 3.5-mile coastal trail, accepted the award on behalf of the many partners who have devoted their time and talent to caring for the popular attraction. “This is a true honor,” said Cliff Walk Commission Chairman Peter Janaros in offering thanks to all of the volunteers and City staff who care for the Walk throughout the year.

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