Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Municipal Blight Ordinance

Many Connecticut municipalities have enacted a blight ordinance to protect, preserve and promote public health safety and welfare.  A blight ordinance can also work to preserve and protect property values.  The Connecticut General Statutes (Section 7-148 [7] (h) {xv}) allows municipalities to define blight and act on it.  Under CGS 7-148 towns can adopt an ordinance to prevent housing blight and impose fines of between $10 and $100 for each day that a violation continues.  The ordinance can include regulations reducing assessments, so long as the regulations define housing blight.  Municipalities can also adopt a more generic ordinance under this section, such as sanitary and public health ordinances.  An ordinance may prohibit causing blight or allowing a blighted condition to persist.  Each municipality can broadly define blight and can include a property that is a fire hazard or site of criminal activity, has overgrown grass, or is in a general state of dilapidation.  Most towns create a list of blighted properties which subject to fines and inspected annually.

 

Below you find links to an overview of Municipal Blight Ordinances from the Office of Legislative Research as well as links to Blight Ordinances in several Connecticut towns and cities. 

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2003/olrdata/pd/rpt/2003-R-0771.htm

http://www.ci.guilford.ct.us/pdf/blight-ordinance.pdf