Building Permits - FAQ

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.  Sheds under 145 square feet require a permit at no charge.

How do I get a Building Permit?

We do not mail out building permit applications.  Applications are available online - click here.  You may also obtain a building permit application anytime the town offices are open.  They are located outside the Building Department office door and can be filled out and left for review on the next business day.

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.
  • Licensed Contractors need to pull their own permits.  
  • 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.