Building & Zoning Department
295 Meridian Street
Groton, CT 06340-4012
Items required for submission for the demolition work:
200. AN AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE 200 “AN ORDINANCE FOR CITY OF GROTON BUILDING DEMOLITION AND
(INITIALLY APPROVED JUNE 3, 2013; FINALLY APPROVED JULY 1, 2013) (AS AMENDED, INITIALLY APPROVED
OCTOBER 17, 2016; FINALLY APPROVED NOVEMBER 21, 2016)
A. Its purpose is to establish a waiting period before a demolition permit may be granted for commercial and industrial
structures of the size hereinafter described. This ordinance is not intended for a demolition permit that is incorporated
as part of a building permit as determined by the building official. The Ordinance is intended to promote and protect
the public safety and health and environmental and general welfare of the City of Groton, its residents and taxpayers:
(1 by providing a period of time for all interested parties to consider alternatives to demolition and to examine the
impact of demolition on the environment and to ensure that the property can be redeveloped in the future.
B. No permit for the demolition of any commercial or industrial building or structure which totals 5000 square feet or
more, or of any part of such a building or structure, shall be issued until the following requirements are satisfied:
(1) The filing of an application for a demolition permit with the Building Official upon a form provided by the
Building Official, which form shall contain, in addition to such other information as may be required, the name
and address of the owner of and the address of the building/structure to be demolished. The application for
demolition permit shall include a narrative statement of all appropriate alternatives to demolition considered
by the applicant.
(2) The demolition plan shall include
a) the plan for the removal of asbestos, lead paint, heavy metals as submitted to and approved by
appropriate state agencies.
b) a plan for handling fugitive dust and air emissions, worker safety requirements, treated wood
and chemical products, mercury, PCBs, used electronics and batteries, heating, ventilation and air
conditioning (HVAC)units (CFCs and HCFCs), underground fuel storage tanks, contaminated
equipment, or structures.
c) a Phase I site investigation and a Phase II site investigation (if required by the Phase I site
investigation) prepared by a licensed environmental professional as submitted to and approved by
the appropriate state and/or local agency. A waiver for the Phase I site investigation may be granted
if evidence is submitted of ongoing environmental monitoring for soil contamination.
d) a detailed written recycling plan for demolition debris (including for example, wood, steel,
wallboard, concrete, brick, etc.), the identification of the disposal site(s) for any materials not
reused, and post-demolition soil stability as called out in the demolition specifications.
Items requiring third party review (including structural engineering, wetland impact, etc.) will be
referred to a qualified party, by the City, within 10 days of the item. The cost of outside review
shall be borne by applicant, and shall be paid before the consultant is engaged. If the permit
application is defective or incomplete, the building official will notify the applicant as soon as is
(3) Notification by mail, by the applicant, within seven days following the filing of the demolition permit
application, of the owners of all property adjoining the property on which the building/structure to be
demolished is located. The identity of the owners entitled to notification under this provision shall be those
adjoining property owners as shown on the then current Town of Groton Assessor’s Map.
(4) The completion of a waiting period not to exceed 30 days following the filing of the application for the
demolition permit No waiting period shall be required if the Building Official determines that the condition of
the structure is such that the delay of its demolition would pose significant risks to public safety.
Submission of the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health, Demolition Notification Form which is available online at
The demolition of buildings and structures is regulated by Connecticut General Statutes that require minimum insurance
requirements, approvals and registrations. Please review the following information carefully if you are anticipating on applying
for the demolition of a building.