Department of Planning & Zoning

Planning Board Requirements • Zoning Board Requirements
Forms & Notices · Plat Maps


Important Notice – The Building Inspection and the Planning & Zoning offices are located at 1951 Mineral Spring Avenue.

The Building Inspection and the Planning & Zoning offices are located at 1951 Mineral Spring Avenue

The North Providence Planning Department serves as staff to the North Providence Planning Board, which is charged with formulating and updating the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and the Town’s 5 year Capital Improvement Budget. The Planning Department also assists the Board in reviewing and approving all subdivisions and land development projects.

In conjunction with these tasks, the Planning Department is the repository for all Zoning Maps, Zoning Board Decisions and zoning regulations.

Property owners or potential property owners are also encouraged to seek advice from the department as to the legal use of a property, subdivision regulations and any land use questions. Maps concerning Census Information, Flood Plain, and Zoning can be viewed in the department.

As a densely populated suburban community, the Town of North Providence has focused upon redevelopment and revitalization projects in order to stabilize the tax base and promote economic growth. Most noteworthy are the Centredale and Marieville Streetscape projects, which feature period lighting, simulated brick sidewalks, street trees and benches. The impact of these projects has been significant in these older mill villages as the town attempts to attract more pedestrian and commercial activity in these older urban centers. Similarly, through private investment the village of Fruit Hill is experiencing the same type of improvements. These improvements were also made possible with the creation of Commercial Village Zoning District, which regulated building styles and facades.

The Planning Department also oversees the Town’s Low Interest Loan Programs that assist income eligible applicants make 1st time home purchases, improve their existing property or improve their small business. Applications and qualification information is readily available.

North Providence Planning Board of Review Requirements

The following requirements must be completed prior to the Planning Board of Review processing your application for hearing.

  1. All questions on the application must be answered. The OWNER of the property and the APPLICANT/APPLICANTS must sign the application. Please provide us with a telephone number where you can be reached.
  2. You must submit with your application a 200 foot radius map with a typed list of abutting owners with addresses within the 200 foot radius, along with all building and plot plans and a Class I survey of your property if a building or an addition is being erected. On your list of abutting lot owners, please list the plat and lot number next to their name. Please include the planning department and owner on the abutter’s list.
  3. Your must submit twelve (12) copies of each item. Application, 200′ radius map, list of abutters, plans, etc.    One digital copy (pdf) of all plans should also be submitted, on digital media or by email to unless this requirement has been previously waived by the planning director.
  4. All applications must be given to the Planning Director at least fifteen (15) days prior to the hearing for advertising. Notice must be sent to the planning department and to each owner of property with 200 feet of the perimeter of the property, by certified mail with return receipt requested, of the time and place of the hearing not less than ten (10) days prior to the date of the hearing.   Certified mail receipts for notification must be provided to the planning department prior to the hearing.
  5. The Planning Director must receive the application and all supporting documents and certify the application as complete prior to filing with the Planning Board.
  6. All applications will be presented to the North Providence Planning Board for review as to compliance with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan at the Planning Board’s regularly scheduled meeting.  Meetings normally occur on the second Wednesday of the month. The Planning Board does not require the applicant to be present, but encourages the applicant to attend the Planning Board meeting to explain the nature of the request.
  7. At the time of filing of your application, all fees must be paid. The filing fee is $125.00, plus your share of the cost of publishing a newspaper advertisement providing notice of the meeting must be paid to the Town of North Providence.
  8. The Planning Board of Review normally meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  Meetings will be advertised in  a local newspaper and posted on the RhodeIsland Secretary of State’s web site by the planning department in accordance with the public notice requirements of the subdivision regulations and the Rhode Island law.
  9. If any of the above requirements have not been met the application and/or hearing process will be delayed.
  10. If you need any further information regarding this application, please feel free to contact the Planning Department at (401) 233-1419.

North Providence Zoning Board of Review Requirements

The following requirements must be completed prior to the Zoning Board of Review processing you application for hearing.

  1. All questions on the application must be answered.  The application must be signed by the owners of the property and the applicant/applicants.  Please provide us with a telephone number where you can be reached.
  2. You must submit with your application a 200’ Radius Map with a typed list of abutting owners with addresses within the 200’ radius, along with all building and plot plans and a CLASS I survey of your property if a building or an addition is being erected.  On your list of ABUTTING LOT OWNERS, please list the PLAT and LOT NUMBER next to their NAME.  Please include the applicant & owner on the abutter’s list.
  3. You must submit Twelve (12) copies of each item: Application, 200’ radius map, list of abutters, plans, etc.  Please note: Our office will send out the certified mail, but you must submit three (3) sets of mailing labels for each abutter and postage fee. (see below)
  4. The application and all corresponding documents must be received by the Zoning Enforcement Officer and your application approved as to completeness prior to filing with the Zoning Board.
  5. All applicants will be presented to the North Providence Planning Board for compliance with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan at the Planning Board’s regularly scheduled meeting, which occur on the second Monday of each month.  The Planning Board does not require the applicant to be present, but encourages the applicant to attend the Planning Board meeting to explain the nature of the request.
  6. At the time of filing of your application, all fees must be paid.  A filing fee of $125.00, plus $6.00 per abutter notified.  (Owner and applicant must be included in the abutter’s list)  The cost of your share of the ad must be paid to the Town of North Providence one week prior to your hearing date.
  7. Properly completed applications which must be reviewed by the Planning Board will be set down for hearing within 2 months of the filing date.  Applicants/owners will be notified certified mail 2 weeks prior to the hearing date.
  8. The Zoning Board of Review meets the third Thursday of each month.
  9. If any of the above requirements have not been met it will result in the delay of you application process.
  10. If you need any further information regarding this application, please feel free to contact the Planning Department at (401) 233-1419.

Forms & Notices

All forms are in .pdf format 

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