Building permits are required by any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, remove, convert or replace any HVAC, electrical, gas, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the technical codes, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application (on reverse side) to the Building Official and obtain the required permit for the work.

Permits must be displayed on the job site visible from the road.  Before a  permit is issued, contractors must provide proof of contract for toilet facilities and debris disposal containers for construction where applicable. Special attention to obtaining proper prior approval (Certificate of Appropriateness) by the Historic District Commission may be required if work takes place in the Historic District.

Building Permits shall not be required for the following work:

(These are not exemptions from Historic District regulations)

  • Detached accessory buildings (sheds) where floor area does not exceed 200 square feet.
  • Decks, supported on their own, which are less than 30" above grade and less than 200 square
  • Fences 6 feet high or less in the side or rear yard or 42" or less in the front
  • Sidewalks and
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and other finish
  • Pools less than 24" deep and enclosed as per
  • Swings and other playground
  • Window awnings that do not project over 54 inches and require no additional
  • Replacement of receptacles and overcurrent devices (breakers).
  • Low voltage (less than 25 volts and 50 watts)
  • Ordinary building repairs (no open walls or beams) or repairs to plumbing where the work is not concealed, buried, or rearranged