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A building permit review and approval can usually take between 5 to 10 business days depending on the Inspector’s volume of applications, the scope of work and schedule. Electrical, Plumbing, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Mechanical permits usually take 3 to 5 business days. Please submit all the required items so as not to delay the permit process.
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A Building Permit is required for all new construction, including:
The following can be obtained at the Building Department office or online:
The application, together with any necessary documentation and fee, must be applied for in person at the Building Department.
View the Fee Schedule page for more information about permit fees.
Demolition permits are required when the intent is to raze and remove any structure in its entirety. Fill out the Demolition Permit (PDF) and return to the Building Department if you are in need of a demolition permit.
Building permits expire one year from issue date. The permit shall become invalid if work has not commenced within six months after the issuance of permit or work has been suspended for six months after commencement (IBC 105.5) and no refunds shall be given. If the work is not completed within one year from the issued date, the permit must be renewed.
A Rental Certificate of Occupancy can be obtained by contacting the Building Department and requesting a Certificate of Rental Occupancy inspection. The Building Inspector will conduct an inspection of the property, fill out any code violations on the Corrective Action Form and give you a copy. When repairs are made, you must call for a re-inspection. Upon passing the inspection, a Certificate of Rental Occupancy will be issued upon the payment of the appropriate fee.
A seasonal Certificate of Occupancy allows for occupancy between the dates of May 15 to October 15 only.
To convert a seasonal use to year-round use, the property must be brought into compliance with the 2009 New Hampshire (NH) State Energy Code.