Rhode Island Land Use Law

When the General Assembly is in session, the Land Use Unit reviews planning related and other proposed bills. As part of the central planning agency for Rhode Island, the Unit will recommend policy positions for bills for the Division to forward to the General Assembly. Each week an email report on new and pending legislation is compiled and shared with other State agencies and organizations concerned with land use planning activities in the State. To receive the weekly report, please email a request to Nancy Hess. Annually Each year a summary of information about the General Assembly is prepared for use by the Division and other interested persons. The annual summary does not represent a complete listing all the bills the Division analyzes and follows. It highlights a selection of interesting bills concerning land use and regional planning, and transportation related issues.

Enabling Laws

Rhode Island has a series of enabling laws that empower municipalities to plan for the conservation and development of communities in the State. The links to the various laws are listed below.

Planning Boards and Commissions

Comprehensive Planning


Subdivision and Land Development

Other Relevant Statutes