Town of Bethlehem Connecticut


(See also - Organizations)




Other Town Offices/Services   

(listed alphabetically)

Area codes are 203, unless otherwise indicated.

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Ambulance Association
83 Main Street South
Bethlehem, CT 06751

non-emergency #

First & Third Monday: 7:30 PM - Ambulance Building

Animal Control Officer: Taelor Zambero

P.O. Box 160
Bethlehem, CT 06751



Voicemail 301

-Emergency #: 203-233-1137

The Animal Control Officer (appointed by the Fist Selectman) is responsible for administering and enforcing laws relating to animals.   The primary focus is on dog licensing and control, but State Statutes now include areas of concern about all animals, particularly regarding rabies control.

Board of Education 7:30 PM - Nonnewaug High or Bethlehem Elementary

Board of Finance: Stephen Sordi, Chairman



Voicemail 304

Second Monday: 7:00 PM - Town Hall

The Board of Finance's function is to consider the town governments' finances from an overall viewpoint.  The general statutes give the board specific responsibility for:

  1. Preparing the Town budget

  2. Setting the property tax rate

  3. Approving deficiency and special appropriations and transfers

  4. Determining how town financial records are to be kept

  5. Arranging for an annual audit of town accounts

  6. Publishing the annual town report

One of the Board of Finance's monthly, regular functions is to review and discuss the Town's revenues and disbursements as stated above (#3), in its specific responsibilities.  The board strives for cooperation with the Town Spending Agencies, recommending they keep track of their expenses as the year progresses, and seek prior approval for any expenses exceeding their budget.  The Board works closely with the Board of Selectmen and all other Town agencies to try to keep tax rate increases to a minimum.  The Tax Collector furnishes the information needed to track the rate and timeliness of tax collections.  This information is vital in gauging the Town's expenditures in keeping with collections.  In planning the next year's budget all members of the Board of Finance are aware of the effect that the rate of tax collection has in meeting the expenses of the current year, and the revenues expected for the coming year.  The Board of Finance tries to keep money set aside, on a yearly basis, for the replacement of Town equipment.  Planning ahead for these inevitable needs is the fiscally responsible way to avoid huge increases in the Town's mill rate. 

Building Official: Chris Zibell


Assistant Building Official: Joel Skilton


Building Official's Clerk: Christine Murphy


Town of Bethlehem Building Department Site


Extension 4

Tuesday - Friday:    8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

For the purpose of issuing permits.

Inspections are by appointment only.

Please call to schedule an inspection.

If an inspection is needed, leave a message, with the customers name, location, type of inspection, the day and time that you would like the inspection, and telephone number where you, the caller, can be reached.

Caring for Bethlehem - Food Bank & Comfort Closet
A Community Organization of Bethlehem, CT



First Church of Bethlehem:

Monday 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Friday 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Christmas Town Festival   3rd Wed-  7:00 PM - Memorial Hall
Connecticut Probate District 22




501 Main Street South (Room 103)
PO Box 720
Southbury, CT 06488-0720

Conservation Commission


  Conservation Commission Site

203-266-7510 Second Tuesday: 7:00 PM - Town Hall

The mission of the Conservation Commission is to inform our citizens and town government about environmental concerns, such as: environmentally wise lawn care and landscaping, air pollution, litter problems, recycling, planning for future development, preservation of  our rural character, and the use and preservation of open space.  Our accomplishments include the drafting of an open space policy for Bethlehem, the development of an Inventory of Natural Resources, the formulation of modifications to the Bethlehem Planning Regulation regarding the preservation of open space, the Swendsen Farm Management Plan, and the Adopt-A-Road program.

Fire Department
26 Main St South
Bethlehem, CT   0675

non-emergency #

Fire Marshall


Extension 6



Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Residents can arrange for garbage and recycling to be picked up by private contractors, or it may be brought to the Transfer Station at 409 Main Street South (A sticker is required and may be obtained at the Town Clerk's office).

Historic District Commission

Carol Ann Brown, Chairman


Last Thursday:  7:00 PM - Library
Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency


Extension 209

First Tuesday: 7:00 PM -  Town Hall

Most  of  the  land in Bethlehem contains wetlands or watercourses and therefore its use is regulated by the the Inland Wetlands Agency.  While streams and ponds are obvious targets for protection, the regulations also define wetland soils, setback areas, and buffer zones.  Property owners  should familiarize themselves with the published regulations and consult the agency before any construction projects begin.  The Agency holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, in the Town Hall.  Elected members of the Agency discuss existing local and State regulations and their application to the use of land in Bethlehem.  The Agency invites anyone interested in the our regulations and the use of land in Bethlehem to join us at our meetings, or to contact the Land Use Coordinator at 203-266-7510 ext 209.

Justice of the Peace List: January 3, 2017 - January 4, 2021

Land Use Coordinator:  Norma Carey -




Extension 209

Tuesday:   9:00 AM to Noon

Office is located in the northeast corner of the lower level of the Town Hall (same office as the Recreation Department).

Length of Service Award Program

Second Tuesday (every two months starting with Feb) - 7:00 PM - Town Hall

The Length of Service Awards Committee (LOSA) was established to provide an annuity and life insurance benefit to the members of the Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department and the Bethlehem Ambulance Association.  It was started as a way to reward the efforts of these volunteers, and to encourage new membership.   Fire and ambulance personnel must be active members for several years to qualify.  The Committee is made up of one person from each of the following:

Fire Department
Ambulance Association
Board of Selectmen
Board of Finance
A member of the general public who serves as chairperson

Library Board of Directors


(Phone & Fax)

Second Monday:   5:00 PM - Library

All monthly meetings are scheduled in the Leever Room at the Library. The public is welcome to attend.

Long Meadow Lake Management Committee

First Thursday (Mar-Sept) - 7:00 PM - Library

The primary focus of the Long Meadow Lake Management Committee is maintaining the quality of the lake water by arranging for weed control and water quality testing.  The lake is tested by Torrington Area Health District.

Memorial Hall Committee

Second Wednesday: 7:30 PM - Memorial Hall 

In keeping with our 1912 objective, we continue to ensure a proper facility for use by townspeople and local organizationsWe thank our friends, the Christmas Town Festival Committee, for their continued generous support.  We also thank all who assist in maintaining the Hall.

Memorial Hall Scheduler: Renee Kostrna


Phone: 203-266-7424

Municipal Agent for the Elderly



Voicemail 303

Second Saturday:   10:00 AM to Noon
New Business-

To establish a new business in Bethlehem contact the Town Clerk's office.

Open Space Committee   First Monday: 7:30 PM - Town Hall

Parks & Recreation Commission

Recreation Department Director:

Maggie Flanagan



Extension 8

Second Tuesday:  7:00 PM - Town Hall

The Recreation Commission is proud to serve the community and provide the finest programs and trips to accommodate a wide range of interests.  Each year we offer craft making, educational courses, sports, and trips for the community.  We are always in search of new ideas and projects and we welcome new volunteers.  The Recreation Committee is also responsible for all activities at the Town Beach, including: hiring Lifeguards, maintaining the beach area, arranging for telephone hook-up, and trash pickup.  Volunteers make a difference.  Experience Recreation!

Planning Commission 203-266-7510 Second Thursday:  7:00 PM - Town Hall

Subdivision Regulations       Subdivision of Land Application       Septic Ordinance Application Form

Plan of Conservation and Development

The Bethlehem Planning Commission has 5 regular and 3 alternate elected members.  They are responsible for the division of land in the town, advice on the use of town property, and making decisions on certain ordinances that come under their jurisdiction.  Numerous discussions are held with property owners regarding potential development of their land.  There are also several conversations with other commissions, agencies and town officials, for the purpose of enhancing understanding and cooperation.  The commission welcomes public attendance and comments.

Public Works
Director: John Zarrella


For any public works or road questions, concerns, or comments,

please call: Office Phone & Fax: 203-266-7448

Regional School District 14 Pursuant to state law, attached are the contracts for administrative personnel in Region 14.

Registrars of Voters
36 Main St South
Bethlehem, CT   06751

Democratic: Anne-Marie Mastroianni

Republican: Melissa Russell



Extension 7



Tuesday: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


On Line Voter Registration


Voter Registration Lookup

Resident State Trooper
36 Main St South
Bethlehem, CT   06751
203-266-7405 -

Temporary State Pistol Permit

Requirements & Fingerprint Hours

The Bethlehem Resident Trooper's office is staffed by one Resident Trooper and six part-time Bethlehem Police Officers.  The Officers are employed by the Town and work under the supervision of the Resident Trooper.  Other services through this office include assisting the Fire Department and Ambulance personnel at all emergencies, the child Registry Program, and the DARE  and Officer Phil programs at the Bethlehem Elementary School.  The biggest responsibility of the Resident Trooper and the Bethlehem Police Officers is crime prevention and awareness.  Their visibility in town is a positive deterrent, as is the support of citizens in alerting them of suspicious activities.  Citizens are encouraged to call the Resident Trooper's Office, or State Police Troop "L", Litchfield, when any suspicious activity is observed, or when police services are needed.  Working together in the community will make Bethlehem a safer and more enjoyable town to live in.

Senior Commission Third Tuesday:  9:00 AM - Leever Room in the Library

The Bethlehem Senior Commission is composed of 7 members.  There are 5 regular members and 2 alternates.  Ex-officio members are Bethlehemís Municipal Agent for Elderly Persons and the First Selectman. The Commission studies the conditions and needs of seniors in our community as they relate to housing, economic, employment, health, recreational and other pertinent matters.  Upon review of services provided recommendations are then made to the Board of Selectmen, the Municipal Agent and the Town. The Commission has the authority to apply for available state, federal and private grants and funds for its needs.  The Commission may join with other commissions or committees to facilitate obtaining funding.

Senior Committee Third Tuesday10:00 AM - Leever Room in the Library
Social Services Director 203-266-7677 -
Torrington Area Health 860-489-0436 (Septic System Permits)
Town Historian 203-266-7628-

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