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When do I need to obtain a building permit?

A Building Permit is required for all new construction, including repairs,
renovations, additions, remodeling, siding, roofing (new or re-roofing), fences, shed, pool, garage, electrical work, plumbing work, HVAC and/or mechanical work, i.e., furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, etc.

How do I obtain a building permit?

An Application for a New Home Building Permit, general Building Permit, Sign Permit, Mechanical Permit, Plumbing Permit and Electrical Permit 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.


How long does it take to get a building permit?

A Building Permit review and approval can usually take between 5-10 business days depending on the Inspector’s volume of applications, the scope of work and schedule. Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC and Mechanical Permits usually take 3-5 business days.  Please submit all the required items so as not to delay the permit process


What is the fee for a permit?

See Fee Schedule.


What Codes does the Town of Hampton follow?

Section 11.2-b.1: The New Hampshire State Building Code as defined in NH RSA 155-A:1, IV, which includes the International Building Code 2009; the International Residential Code 2009 the International Plumbing Code 2006; the International Mechanical Code 2009; the International Energy Conservation Code 2009; the International Fuel Gas Code 2009 as published by the International Code Council; and the National Electric Code 2008.

Section 11.2-b.2: Standards, including definitions, established by the most recent edition of the Life Safety Code, NFPA Doc. No. 101, shall take precedence over all standards in State Building Code relative to means of egress.

Section 11.2-b.3: For all new buildings, the requirements of the State Fire Code adopted pursuant to RSA 153:5 and to the extent that there is any conflict between the State Building Code and the State Fire Code, the State Fire Code shall take precedence unless otherwise determined by the State Building Code Review Board under RSA 155-A:2, III and RSA 155-A:10.

Section 11.2-b.4: The International Residential Building Code, 2009 Edition.

Section 11.2-b.5: The National Electric Code, 2008 Edition.

Section 11.2-b.6: The enforcement mechanism for the State Building Code shall be that which is already in place for enforcement of the Town Building Code, with the Building Inspector administrating and enforcing same; and the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall act as the Building Code Board of Appeals.


How do I arrange for an inspection?

Call the Building Department at 603-929-5826 to request an inspection and be put on the schedule. Other than emergencies, a minimum of 24 hours notice for a scheduled inspection is needed.


How do I obtain a Certificate of Rental Occupancy?

A Rental Certificate of Occupancy can be obtained by calling 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.


What is a Seasonal Certificate of Occupancy?

A Seasonal Certificate of Occupancy allows for occupancy between the dates of May 1 to October 15 ONLY.


What is a Year-Round Certificate of Occupancy?

A building is utilized for occupancy between January 1st through December 31st.


How do I convert a seasonal rental to year-round rental?

To convert a seasonal use to year-round use, the property must be brought into compliance with the 2009 NH State Energy Code.


What is the code requirement for year round occupancy?

R-38 – insulation in ceiling
R-21 – insulation in walls
R-30 – insulation in ceiling or crawlspace or basement
Fully operable storm windows where double thermo pane windows are not in place.


What are the requirements for a shed?

A shed (or other accessory building) no greater than 100 square feet in size and not greater than 12 feet in height shall meet a minimum setback of four feet on both the sides and rear property lines in all zones, but must maintain the minimum required front property line setback in the zone said shed or accessory building is being located.

A shed (or other accessory building) must maintain a minimum of 7 feet from any other structure on the lot in the RA and RB zone districts.

A shed larger than 100 square feet in size and/or greater than 12 feet in height must meet the setback requirements of the zone in which it is located.

*No more than one accessory building is allowed on any lot*


What are the requirements for a fence?

It is the recommendation of the Building Department that all fences be placed 3 feet from the property line. There is no ordinance regarding which side of the fence must face outwards.

On former Town owned leased land, the Deed from the Town must be attached to the Permit Application. If there is a Deed restriction as to the height of the fence (3 feet and ornamental in nature), that is the only size that can and will be permitted.

A fence surrounding a pool must be at least 48” high with lockable gate.


What is the allowable fence height on a fence?

The allowable fence height is 6 feet.


Who can apply for an Electrical Permit?

A licensed New Hampshire Master Electrician must apply, in person, for an Electric Permit. The electrician must present a copy of his/her current NH license, the Application and fee at the time of application.


Who can apply for a Plumbing Permit?

A licensed New Hampshire Master Plumber must apply, in person, for a Plumbing Permit. The plumber must present a copy of his/her current NH license, the Application and fee at the time of application.


What are my setbacks?

Setback (Dimensional) requirements can be found in the Zoning Ordinances (Article IV– Table II) for all zones.  It can also be downloaded under Building Dept. Website under Forms (Zoning Ordinance Page 45)


Where do I find the Zoning Ordinances

The Zoning Ordinances are maintained and published by Planning and listed on their page.  It can also be found under Bldg. Department under Forms.


When do I need a Demolition Permit?

Demolition permits are required when the intent is to raze and remove any structure in its entirety.


Do I need a permit to have a yard sale?

Yes.  Any person seeking to conduct a garage, barn or lawn sale commonly referred to as "yard sale" must first obtain a permit from the Building Department granting authorization to conduct the proposed event.  Please refer to Garage, Barn, Lawn permit Sale Ordinance for more information.  There is no permit fee required. 


What is the height requirement for deck railing?

36" from the walking surface for 1 and 2 family dwellings
42" for multi-family dwellings which is a building having 3 or more dwelling units


What are my options if my project does not conform with the Building Code?

Schedule an appointment with the Building Inspector to review your projects.

 
Can a homeowner apply for his/her own permit and do his own work?

Yes.  A homeowner can obtain a permit and do his own work in his place of residence.


When does a permit expire?

Building permit expire one year from issue date.  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 issued date, permit must be renewed. 


What information do I need to provide when requesting a sign permit?

Freestanding Signs:

Minimum 8 1/2 x 11 Plot Plan showing existing building and proposed location of the new sign showing setbacks from all property lines, as well as any and all wetlands and wetland buffer areas.

A detailed design drawing of the proposed sign showing dimensional measurements (height and width) and the total square footage of the sign itself.

 All other signs and banners:

Drawing and/or photo of proposed sign and/or banner showing dimensional measurements (height and width) and total square footage.
Description of where sign or banner is to be mounted.


Are peddlers, hawkers, and Itinerant allowed to conduct business in Hampton?

 For more information on Peddlers, Hawkers and Itinerant, go to the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 628 which can be accessed under the Document Central portion of the Town’s website. 


What is the Town’s Noise Ordinance

 Section 4.  HOURS OF CONSTRUCTION WORK.  Except for emergencies, no person shall cause the construction, reconstruction, remodeling, or demolition of a dwelling or structure, the digging up or the filling in or leveling or contouring of the ground, the breaking of pavements, concrete, stone or foundations, the excavation of streets, the operation of heavy equipment of any kind or the use of blasting or the driving of pile of jacking of pipes within the Town of Hampton before 7:00 o’clock in the AM or after 7:00 o’clock in the PM, local time Monday through Friday of any week or before 9:00 o’clock in the AM or after 5:00 in the PM local time on any weekend or any holiday.

 Section 6.  PENALTY.  Any person found to be in violation of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a violation and upon conviction shall be fined not less than $100 or more than $250 for each such offence or violation, such sums to inure to the general fund of the Town.

When do I need to obtain a building permit?

A Building Permit is required for all new construction, including repairs,
renovations, additions, remodeling, siding, roofing (new or re-roofing), fences, shed, pool, garage, electrical work, plumbing work, HVAC and/or mechanical work, i.e., furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, etc.

How do I obtain a building permit?

An Application for a New Home Building Permit, general Building Permit, Sign Permit, Mechanical Permit, Plumbing Permit and Electrical Permit 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.


How long does it take to get a building permit?

A Building Permit review and approval can usually take between 5-10 business days depending on the Inspector’s volume of applications, the scope of work and schedule. Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC and Mechanical Permits usually take 3-5 business days.  Please submit all the required items so as not to delay the permit process


What is the fee for a permit?

See Fee Schedule.


What Codes does the Town of Hampton follow?

Section 11.2-b.1: The New Hampshire State Building Code as defined in NH RSA 155-A:1, IV, which includes the International Building Code 2009; the International Residential Code 2009 the International Plumbing Code 2006; the International Mechanical Code 2009; the International Energy Conservation Code 2009; the International Fuel Gas Code 2009 as published by the International Code Council; and the National Electric Code 2008.

Section 11.2-b.2: Standards, including definitions, established by the most recent edition of the Life Safety Code, NFPA Doc. No. 101, shall take precedence over all standards in State Building Code relative to means of egress.

Section 11.2-b.3: For all new buildings, the requirements of the State Fire Code adopted pursuant to RSA 153:5 and to the extent that there is any conflict between the State Building Code and the State Fire Code, the State Fire Code shall take precedence unless otherwise determined by the State Building Code Review Board under RSA 155-A:2, III and RSA 155-A:10.

Section 11.2-b.4: The International Residential Building Code, 2009 Edition.

Section 11.2-b.5: The National Electric Code, 2008 Edition.

Section 11.2-b.6: The enforcement mechanism for the State Building Code shall be that which is already in place for enforcement of the Town Building Code, with the Building Inspector administrating and enforcing same; and the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall act as the Building Code Board of Appeals.


How do I arrange for an inspection?

Call the Building Department at 603-929-5826 to request an inspection and be put on the schedule. Other than emergencies, a minimum of 24 hours notice for a scheduled inspection is needed.


How do I obtain a Certificate of Rental Occupancy?

A Rental Certificate of Occupancy can be obtained by calling 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.


What is a Seasonal Certificate of Occupancy?

A Seasonal Certificate of Occupancy allows for occupancy between the dates of May 1 to October 15 ONLY.


What is a Year-Round Certificate of Occupancy?

A building is utilized for occupancy between January 1st through December 31st.


How do I convert a seasonal rental to year-round rental?

To convert a seasonal use to year-round use, the property must be brought into compliance with the 2009 NH State Energy Code.


What is the code requirement for year round occupancy?

R-38 – insulation in ceiling
R-21 – insulation in walls
R-30 – insulation in ceiling or crawlspace or basement
Fully operable storm windows where double thermo pane windows are not in place.


What are the requirements for a shed?

A shed (or other accessory building) no greater than 100 square feet in size and not greater than 12 feet in height shall meet a minimum setback of four feet on both the sides and rear property lines in all zones, but must maintain the minimum required front property line setback in the zone said shed or accessory building is being located.

A shed (or other accessory building) must maintain a minimum of 7 feet from any other structure on the lot in the RA and RB zone districts.

A shed larger than 100 square feet in size and/or greater than 12 feet in height must meet the setback requirements of the zone in which it is located.

*No more than one accessory building is allowed on any lot*


What are the requirements for a fence?

It is the recommendation of the Building Department that all fences be placed 3 feet from the property line. There is no ordinance regarding which side of the fence must face outwards.

On former Town owned leased land, the Deed from the Town must be attached to the Permit Application. If there is a Deed restriction as to the height of the fence (3 feet and ornamental in nature), that is the only size that can and will be permitted.

A fence surrounding a pool must be at least 48” high with lockable gate.


What is the allowable fence height on a fence?

The allowable fence height is 6 feet.


Who can apply for an Electrical Permit?

A licensed New Hampshire Master Electrician must apply, in person, for an Electric Permit. The electrician must present a copy of his/her current NH license, the Application and fee at the time of application.


Who can apply for a Plumbing Permit?

A licensed New Hampshire Master Plumber must apply, in person, for a Plumbing Permit. The plumber must present a copy of his/her current NH license, the Application and fee at the time of application.


What are my setbacks?

Setback (Dimensional) requirements can be found in the Zoning Ordinances (Article IV– Table II) for all zones.  It can also be downloaded under Building Dept. Website under Forms (Zoning Ordinance Page 45)


Where do I find the Zoning Ordinances

The Zoning Ordinances are maintained and published by Planning and listed on their page.  It can also be found under Bldg. Department under Forms.


When do I need a Demolition Permit?

Demolition permits are required when the intent is to raze and remove any structure in its entirety.


Do I need a permit to have a yard sale?

Yes.  Any person seeking to conduct a garage, barn or lawn sale commonly referred to as "yard sale" must first obtain a permit from the Building Department granting authorization to conduct the proposed event.  Please refer to Garage, Barn, Lawn permit Sale Ordinance for more information.  There is no permit fee required. 


What is the height requirement for deck railing?

36" from the walking surface for 1 and 2 family dwellings
42" for multi-family dwellings which is a building having 3 or more dwelling units


What are my options if my project does not conform with the Building Code?

Schedule an appointment with the Building Inspector to review your projects.

 
Can a homeowner apply for his/her own permit and do his own work?

Yes.  A homeowner can obtain a permit and do his own work in his place of residence.


When does a permit expire?

Building permit expire one year from issue date.  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 issued date, permit must be renewed. 


What information do I need to provide when requesting a sign permit?

Freestanding Signs:

Minimum 8 1/2 x 11 Plot Plan showing existing building and proposed location of the new sign showing setbacks from all property lines, as well as any and all wetlands and wetland buffer areas.

A detailed design drawing of the proposed sign showing dimensional measurements (height and width) and the total square footage of the sign itself.

 All other signs and banners:

Drawing and/or photo of proposed sign and/or banner showing dimensional measurements (height and width) and total square footage.
Description of where sign or banner is to be mounted.


Are peddlers, hawkers, and Itinerant allowed to conduct business in Hampton?

 For more information on Peddlers, Hawkers and Itinerant, go to the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 628 which can be accessed under the Document Central portion of the Town’s website. 


What is the Town’s Noise Ordinance

 Section 4.  HOURS OF CONSTRUCTION WORK.  Except for emergencies, no person shall cause the construction, reconstruction, remodeling, or demolition of a dwelling or structure, the digging up or the filling in or leveling or contouring of the ground, the breaking of pavements, concrete, stone or foundations, the excavation of streets, the operation of heavy equipment of any kind or the use of blasting or the driving of pile of jacking of pipes within the Town of Hampton before 7:00 o’clock in the AM or after 7:00 o’clock in the PM, local time Monday through Friday of any week or before 9:00 o’clock in the AM or after 5:00 in the PM local time on any weekend or any holiday.

 Section 6.  PENALTY.  Any person found to be in violation of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a violation and upon conviction shall be fined not less than $100 or more than $250 for each such offence or violation, such sums to inure to the general fund of the Town.