Planning & Development

This department's operations during the COVID-19 State of Emergency:

As of Monday, July 6, the first floor of City Hall (Clerk's Officer and Treasurer's Office only) is open to the public. If you need to speak with the City Planner's Office, please call ahead to make an appointment: (207) 443-8363

The Planning Board is continuing to meet remotely at the regularly scheduled date and time. Please continue to mail any permit applications and other materials to City Hall at 55 Front Street, Bath 04530. Include a phone number and email address (if available) on mailed materials. Call 443-8363 or email for service. 

The Director of Planning & Development  is the head of the Planning & Development Department. The Planning & Development Department is responsible for the administration of all planning activities in the City.

The Planning & Development Department is responsible for the following:

  • Coordinate planning functions for the City.
  • Serve as staff to the Planning Board and help property owners and developers navigate the Planning Board review process.
  • Organize, direct and coordinate the gathering and analysis of social, economic and engineering data necessary or useful in the conduct of planning and developmental activities.

What is planning?

Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.

Planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives.

Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. Planning helps communities to envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change. Want to know more? Check out the American Planning Association's page on what planning is, who planners are, and what planners do.

55 Front Street

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
City Planner
Ben Averill
Administrative Assistant
Debby Labrecque