Planning and Community Development

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Planning Department Planning 288 Central Ave
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(603) 516-6008

Monday - Thursday

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Welcome to the Department of Planning and Community Development

Planning, Community Development, and Inspection Services are administered by the Planning Department in the City of Dover. The department has worked to implement changes to the land use regulations, which are geared toward promoting smart growth. This type of growth looks to balance environmental needs with human and economic needs. 

We hope to serve you in the best possible manner. If we can be of service, please do not hesitate to call or email our office.

Zoning Ordinance

The 2023 Zoning Amendments were approved by the Dover City Council. The Council's approval came after a review of its Ordinance Committee and a public hearing.

  • View the adopted Zoning Amendments here and here.
  • To review the Zoning Ordinance in its entirety, click here.

2024 Zoning Amendments currently being reviewed for adoption can be accessed here and here

Submit site plans and apply for building permits online

You may now submit plans for site review and apply for building permits online at

2024 Meeting Deadlines

For application deadlines and meeting schedules for each of the various land use boards and commissions, please click here

Land Use Regulations 

Interested in developing in Dover?

We have created a handbook in Dover to assist property owners and developers in developing and redeveloping their property. View it here.

The City of Dover's land use regulations can be found in the following chapters of the City Code:

Chapter 153, Site Review Regulations. View online here.

Chapter 157, Subdivision of Land. View online here.

Chapter 170, Zoning. View online here.

Have a question?

Check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Mission Statement

To facilitate the process of determining Dover’s long-range development goals and advocate the implementation of these goals once they are established with particular emphasis on economic development; to serve the public as a source of information and data about the community; to develop and fairly administer regulatory processes that apply to development and construction with an emphasis on assisting the public, and to provide expertise for special projects with emphasis on GIS, economic development, transportation and land use.  

Major Service Responsibilities for the Planning Office

  • Maintain and implement the City’s Master Plan
  • Maintain and administer the approval process for development and subdivision of land 
  • Staff the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment and City Council for their respective land use and development issues
  • Serve as an information source on the City and development process for the public, City departments and applicants
  • Represent the City on regional and state committees and projects
  • Conduct research and grant writing
  • Conduct special projects as assigned by the City Manager or any of the City’s Boards and Commissions  

Boards Served

  • Arts Commission
  • Community Trail Advisory Committee
  • Conservation Commission
  • Energy Commission
  • Heritage Commission
  • Open Lands Committee
  • Planning Board
  • Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment

Planning Review

The Dover Planning Review is a biweekly newsletter created by the Planning Department that is sent out every other Friday.  The newsletter contains a variety of information including meetings recaps, updates on current projects, and valuable planning resources. 

You may subscribe to the Planning Review and other City of Dover communications here.

You will find links to past Planning Review newsletters below.

Planning Review, April 26, 2024

Planning Review, April 12, 2024

Planning Review, March 29, 2024

Planning Review, March 15, 2024

Planning Review, March 1, 2024

Planning Review, February 16, 2024

Planning Review, February 2, 2024

Planning Review, January 19, 2024

Planning Review, January 5, 2024

Planning Department Documents and Forms

Click here to view a list of all Planning Department documents and forms.