When do I need a Building Permit?
All new construction requires a Building Permit, including porches, swimming pools (above and in-ground), garages and sheds (over 145 square feet in size), as well as most renovation projects. Maintenance works such, as replacing siding or replacing an old deck with a new one exactly the same size, does not need a permit. If the job entails enlarging, such as dormers when replacing a roof, or conversions, such as making a deck and enclosed porch, then a permit is required.
How do I get a Building Permit?
We do not mail out building permit applications. You may obtain a building permit application during the office hours that the Building Department is open.
What information is needed to obtain a Building Permit?
The following is needed to apply for a permit to build in the Town of Nottingham. Depending on the type, size or location of the project other permits and approvals may be necessary.
Construction plans to scale.
Site plan with setbacks from property lines. Plans should show location of all buildings on property existing or proposed as well as driveway, septic and well location.
State approved septic design.
Completed Energy Code Worksheet
Type of heating system and installation company
Chimney type, with number of flues and fireplaces.
Electrician’s name and license number
Plumber’s name and license number
Street address of property
Name and address of property owner with telephone number
Name and address of builder with telephone number
Driveway permit form Town or State of NH
What is a CO?
A “CO” is a Certificate of Occupancy, which is applied for and issued when all the required inspections are completed satisfactorily. You must receive a CO before you can legally occupy a residence.
How long does it take to get a building permit after I apply?
The Building Department has thirty (30) days to review and approve or deny a building permit application. Most permits are reviewed within 24 to 48 hours after receiving a completed application for building and all fees are paid.
Do signs require a Permit?
Yes, according to the Zoning Ordinance, no sign may be erected, placed, moved, enlarged, illuminated or altered without a Permit. The only exceptions are for construction site identification signs (with restrictions), temporary signs indicating for sale, lease or rent and signs directing traffic.
How long is a permit good for?
Building permits automatically expire within one year of the date of issue. Permits may be renewed annually for a nominal fee.