Zoning Enforcement Officer

Town of Woodstock

Woodstock, CT United States


The Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) performs responsible, independent technical work involving the review and interpretation of zoning and subdivision regulations.


  • Coordinate with Town Planner and Building Office as needed.
  • Meet with and respond to inquiries from the town officials, the public and other professionals about regulations, procedure, and options available.
  • Inspect sites as needed prior to granting permits, and upon completion for compliance with the approved site plan.
  • Sign-off on application for zoning permits and certify compliance prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the building inspector.
  • Coordinate zoning permits/certificates of occupancy with wetlands agent, town sanitarian or other town officials as appropriate.
  • Work with Town Planner as needed to review development and subdivision site plans for compliance with zoning regulations.
  • Issue cease and desist, and abatement orders.
  • Investigate, and document all zoning complaints and action taken; report status to PZC.
  • Categorize zoning complaints or actions by type for record and possible regulation review.
  • Prepare reports and memoranda for the PZC, Zoning Board of Appeals, and other Town Departments, Commissions, and Officials as required.
  • Maintain records of correspondence.
  • Revise applications, forms, procedures, and policies as needed.
  • Keep summary data on building and land use permits issued by type or category of activity including home occupations.
  • Observe town property for visible zoning violations.
  • Attend Planning and Zoning meetings and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings as needed.
  • Attend seminars and workshops to stay current with legal issues related to planning and zoning.
  • Perform other related work as required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The ZEO is obligated to meet any responsibilities mandated by Connecticut General Statutes, the Office of Policy Management or other applicable State or Federal Agency.


  • Reports directly to the Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Also works under the general supervision of the First Selectman and Office Manager


  • Bachelor’s degree majoring in Urban Planning, Public Administration, or related field; and two (2) years of responsible experience in municipal planning and/or zoning enforcement or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable motor vehicle.
  • Knowledge and experience in principles and practices of municipal planning and zoning, applicable regulations, and property rights.
  • Experience in reviewing site and plot plans.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and establish and maintain effective work relationships with the public and associates.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively in oral and written form to associates, general public, and appointed boards or commissions.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and administer the provisions of the state and local ordinances, statutes and regulations on zoning and land use.
  • Certified Zoning Enforcement Official (CZEO) designation by the Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement Officials (CAZEO) or obtain said certification within two (2) years of hire date.


Telephone system, computer, Microsoft Office applications, specialized software.


  • Physical ability to make field inspections and negotiate rough terrain.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus to use the computer, read code and statute, and prepare reports.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to walk, climb stairs, stand, talk, hear, or sit.
  • Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines and/or changing priorities and/or conditions.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • General office environment.
  • Outdoor inspection work.
  • Interaction with town residents, town board and commission members, auditors, state officials, and officials of other towns.


ZEO hours are established by the Board of Selectmen. Additionally, the ZEO may be required to attend some PZC meetings and hearings and conduct or participate in scheduled site or property inspections. Up to 15 hours per week.

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Min. Education

Bachelor of Science

Min. Years of Experience


Required/Preferred Skills

• Certified Zoning Enforcement Official (CZEO) designation by the Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement Officials (CAZEO) or obtain said certification within two (2) years of hire date.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Crystal Adams
415 Route 169
Woodstock, CT
United States
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