How do I apply for a permit?

1)  How can I apply for a permit?

You have several options for applying.

A) Come by our office during regular business hours and apply in person. Payment should be made in cash or check.

B) Click the 'Building Permit Form' under the Link section. Fill out the PDF form, print it off and either mail it with the associated documentation and fee or drop it off in person to our office.

C) Click on the 'Online Permit Center' link on the main Building web page (or choose from the Link section) to go to our online permitting software. A one-time registration is required for both homeowners and contractors. Then follow the instructions to apply for the particular permit that is associated with the work you will be doing. (See the 'When Do I Need a Permit' FAQ for examples of types of work and their associated permits) Supporting documentation can be attached electronically and payment is by credit card.

2) What is needed to submit with an Application?

A)  When submitting a Permit application for approval, 2 copies of a plan
(3 copies for a commercial project), as well as a copy of the property plot plan (residential) or site plan (commercial) showing a scaled representation of the exterior work to be done (i.e., location of addition, shed, deck, etc.). 

B)  When applying for a permit, the owner of the property or agent for the owner (contractor/architect), may act as the applicant and shall be responsible for the  permit. Agents for the applicant must have a letter of authorization.

C)  Other departmental approvals from Zoning, Wetlands, Historic District Commission, Health Department, Sewer, Engineering, or Fire Marshal may be required. We can assist you in what approvals are typically required for your particular project.

D)  At the time the application is received, the Building Official must examine all documentation submitted with the application to determine if the proposed work is compliant with the State Building Code. If applicable, the local Fire Marshal will determine if the work is substantially compliant with the State Fire Safety Code.