When do you need a permit? And what is the Permit Process

When do you need a permit? Permits are typically required for the following, but remember to check with the department as some towns require permits for other construction activity.

What is the permit process? The process is generally the same for building, wiring and plumbing. In addition, fire prevention and sprinkler permits will also require the Input and approval of the local fire department

  • Additions
  • New Construction
  • Alarm Systems
  • Parking Areas
  • Decks/sheds
  • Plumbing/Electrical Systems
  • Demolitions
  • Prefabricated Structures
  • Fireplace/Wood Stoves
  • Roofing/Siding
  • Insulation
  • Swimming Pools
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Temporary Structures

Step One: A preliminary meeting to encourage discussion and review of what you propose to do.

Step Two: Submit the application and documentation to the department. You may need to consult with other town departments and boards and committees for their approval.

Step Three: Consideration and review of all applications, documents, and plans against all applicable codes, rules and regulations.

Step Four: Decision from the inspector. Your application may be approved or denied. There are appeal processes that will be explained to you if denied.

Step Five: Inspection of the work in progress. Each phase must be inspected for completeness and for compliance with the construction documents and State Building Code.

Step Six: Final acceptance and/or the issuance of occupancy permit, if required.

Construction is now complete!