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Permits are required before beginning any new construction, alterations, or repairs. Below is a list of common projects that require a permit.
NOTE: This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Please contact our office if you have questions as to whether your project requires a permit.
Building- Additions, decks/hot tubs, bath remodels, basement finish, demolition, fencing over 6' (can go right on property line, but suggested to leave enough room to maintain in and around it), kitchen remodels, new construction, pools (above ground, in ground & soft-sided inflatables capable of holding 24" of water), porch enclosures, roofing, shed/gazebo (Zoning sign-off only for sheds under 200 sq.ft. as of May 2014), solar panels (roof and ground mount), vinyl siding, and window replacements.
Electrical- Standby generators, wiring for portable generators, electrical service upgrades, new outlets/wiring.Mechanical- Air conditioning, boilers, heat pumps, wood/pellet/gas stoves or inserts, oil tanks (install or removal, underground, above ground or in basement), pool heaters.
Plumbing- Gas lines, water heaters, new plumbing or extensive plumbing repairs.
Gas- Propane tanks (above ground and in ground).
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In order to change your electrical service you will need to do the following:
View the Outdoor Swimming Pools, Spas or Hot Tubs Application Packet (PDF) for detailed information. Supplemental Information for Outdoor Swimming Pools, Spas or Hot Tubs (PDF)
Yes, any pool that is capable of containing water 24 inches or more in depth would require a permit.
Yes, a building permit is required for all sheds, regardless of size.
In accordance with section R105.5, every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced. The Building Official is authorized to grant, in writing, one or more extensions of time, for periods of not more than 180 days each. The extensions shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause shall be demonstrated. Exception, the Building Official shall be authorized to specify an expiration date of not less than 30 days, nor more than 180 days for commencement of work under permits issued to abate unsafe conditions pursuant to Section R115 of this code. Work performed under such permits shall be completed as expeditiously as possible.
Yes, according to Connecticut General Statute section 20-340(11) persons engaged in the installation, maintenance, repair and service of glass or electrical, plumbing, fire protection sprinkler systems, solar, heating, piping, cooling and sheet metal equipment in and about single-family residences owned and occupied or to be occupied by such persons; provided any such installation, maintenance and repair shall be subject to inspection and approval by the Building Official of the municipality in which such residence is located and shall conform to the requirements of the State Building Code.