Commercial Building Permits
The department functions as the enforcement authority for the State Building Code, zoning regulations, Historic District regulations, and other regulations designed to improve public safety. In addition to these functions, the Department assigns street addresses and assists the general public by supplying necessary information and answering questions related to building codes and town regulations.
Building Permit FAQ:
1.) When are permits required?
A) Permits are required before beginning new construction or alterations and repairs (other than ordinary repairs) for such projects that include, but are not limited to: additions, garages, sheds, swimming pools, decks, sunrooms, kitchen or bath renovations, water heaters, HVAC, boilers, furnaces, central air conditioning, propane tanks, wood/gas stoves, oil tank install or removal, electrical service upgrades, automatic standby generators, vinyl siding, window and roof replacements, fences 6’ or higher, and finished basements.
2.) What is needed to submit a Building Permit application?
A) When submitting a Permit application for approval, 2 copies of a plan
(3 copies for a commercial project), as well as a copy of the property plot plan (residential) or site plan (commercial) showing a scaled representation of the exterior work to be done (i.e., location of addition, shed, deck, etc.).
B) When applying for a permit, the owner of the property or agent for the owner (contractor/architect), may act as the applicant and shall be responsible for the permit. Agents for the applicant must have a letter of authorization.
C) Other departmental approvals from Zoning, Wetlands, Historic District Commission, Health Department, Sewer, Engineering, or Fire Marshal may be required. We can assist you in what approvals are typically required for your particular project.
D) At the time the application is received, the Building Official must examine all documentation submitted with the application to determine if the proposed work is compliant with the State Building Code. If applicable, the local Fire Marshal will determine if the work is substantially compliant with the State Fire Safety Code.
3.) How long does it take to obtain a permit?
A) State law allows the Building Official up to thirty (30) days to review your application. However, we can typically issue most permits within one week if the application is complete and all approvals are received (i.e., the project does not need to go through any additional process such as wetlands, variances, modifications, etc.).
4.) What do permits cost?
A) The permit fee for all work is $ per $1,000 worth of estimated construction cost, or any part of $1,000 (i.e., we round up to the nearest $1,000 and then calculate the fee). Feel free to contact our office for assistance in calculating any fee prior to submission.
B) If applicable, the Certificate of Occupancy fee is $5.00. However, this is not ordinarily collected until the end of the project.
5.) How and when can you reach us?
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm. You can reach us at (225) 635-3688. Our fax number is (225) 635-3688.
The Building Official is available from -------- ------ (or by appointment) for plan review prior to application submission.
Once your permit has been approved, we kindly request at least 24-48 hours to schedule an inspection. Inspections are generally done weekdays between 10a-12n and 2-4p.
6.) What if I have an emergency situation?
Please contact our office immediately if you have an emergency and the Building Official can discuss with you how to proceed.