Building Permits

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. Building Permit Application

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

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.

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.