Building & Zoning Department

Permit Expiration Letter for Website 2023

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The mission of the Building Department is to provide a high level of service to the taxpayer while ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of the citizens of the town.

Functions & Responsibilities

  • The Building Department is responsible for the implementation of the Rhode Island Building Codes, Minimum Housing Code, and the implementation and enforcement of the Town Zoning Ordinance.
  • The Building Department directs applicants for any building project through the requirements of zoning, the permitting process, plan review, and the necessary inspections for any given project.
  • The Building Department also takes enforcement actions against violations to the Minimum Housing code and the Town Zoning Ordinance.

In addition to registering you Short Term Rental with the Town of Middletown, you will also need to register with the State of Rhode Island.  Additional information listed below along with a link to the State of Rhode Island website.  Be sure to enroll your Short Term Rental with the State of Rhode Island and the Town of Middletown.  Registering a Short Term Rental is now a two part process:
1. Register with the State of Rhode Island Click here to Link to State Registration Website
2. Register with the Town of Middletown Click here to Link to the Town Registration Website

Please contact the Zoning Enforcement Officers with any further questions.

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Short Term Rental with State

The Rhode Island General Assembly enacted R.I.Gen. Laws § 42-63.1-14 entitled “Offering residential units through a hosting platform.” The statute states, in part, “Any short-term rental property listed for rent on the website of any third-party hosting platform that conducts business in Rhode Island shall be registered with the Department of Business Regulation.”

Short-Term Rental Registration is NOW open. Registration is required by January 1, 2023.