Building Permits

For building permit applications click on "Permit Requirements & Applications" on the left.   

A building permit is required for:

  • A new structure
  • Altering or enlarging a structure
  • Finishing a basement
  • Replacing or installing a gas fireplace, furnace, or water heater
  • Replacing or installing any gas appliance that requires a new gas line
  • Re-roofing a building
  • Re-siding a building
  • Retaining walls over four feet in height
  • All retaining walls built within the Shoreland Impact Zone
  • In-ground swimming pools
  • Above ground pools containing over 5,000 gallons of water and more than 24 inches deep
  • Window replacement, garage door replacements

The following work is exempt from a permit (other permits may be needed if within a shoreland district or near a wetland):

  • One story detached accessory structures, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet.
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
  • Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
  • Fences not over 7 feet high.
  • Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and not over any basement story below.
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep.
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one-family dwelling.
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
  • Decks and platforms not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and not attached to a structure with frost footings.

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