What type of permits are required and issued by the Code Office?

In addition to issuing all land use and construction permits, other permits issued by the office include, but are not limited to Certificate of Occupancy, Electrical, Plumbing, Septic, and Sign.

 

When is a building permit required?

Building permits are required for any structural work or change of use.  A permit may also be required for building alterations.  Always check with the Code Office prior to starting any construction project of any size.

 

How long does it take to get a building permit approved?

Once a completed application packet is submitted, a residential building permit is usually issued on the same day or within the week.  A commercial building permit may take up to two weeks.

 

When is an electrical permit required?

An electrical permit is required when a new meter is being installed or any new wiring is done.

 

When is a plumbing permit required?

A plumbing permit is required for any water or waste piping.  A permit is not required if just changing a fixture.

 

When and how should I call for an inspection?

Required inspections are indicated on the building permits.  Electrical inspections are required for installation of services, and before any wiring it is covered.  Plumbing inspections are required before any fixtures are covered.  Septic inspections are required before any lines are covered.  Call (207) 760-2703 or (207) 760-2770.

 

How much lead-time is needed for an inspection?

Allow at least a day, but if available will try to do same day.

 

When is a Certificate of Occupancy required?

A Certificate of Occupancy is required to occupy any new space or a change of use.

 

What do I do if I do not agree with a decision of the Code Enforcement Officer?

Any decision of the Code Enforcement Officer dealing with Land Use can be appealed to the Zoning Board of Appeals within 30 days of the decision.  Any decision of the Code Enforcement Officer dealing with construction can be appealed to the State of Maine Building Board of Appeals in Augusta within 30 days of the decision.