How do I apply for a building permit in New Hampshire?
In New Hampshire, building permits are issued by you town or city government. In order to get a building permit, you will need to file an application along with any required documents at the town Building Department and pay the applicable permit fee. Some towns such as Exeter may require that you meet directly with Building Department staff when you file your application. Once filed, your application will be reviewed and either approved or returned to you for amendment before final approval and issuance of the building permit. You must receive your building permit before any construction can begin.
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Some cities have a general building permit application, whereas others have separate permit applications for project type or for the different phases of construction. Not all cities have forms on their site and might only list a contact and phone number.
When do I need to apply for the building permit?
Generally you will need to get a building permit before you start any residential or commercial project that involves construction in New Hampshire, whether it is demolishing, remodeling, or altering an existing building or building a new one. Certain electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work also requires a building permit even if there are no structural changes to the building. Some towns in New Hampshire may require building permits for smaller projects as well, such as building a deck, fence, or shed. There are usually special permits that are required for building or posting signs as well. Because of the nuanced nature of construction projects, you should always check with your local city Building Department before starting any type of project that will involve construction.
Is a permit needed for finishing work such as painting and roofing?
Most basic finishing work such as painting, carpeting, and tiling will not require a building permit in New Hampshire. However some towns may require a building permit for roofing, siding, and window replacement. Whether you will need a permit will depend on your local city’s building regulations.
Is there are a fee for the building permit in New Hampshire?
Yes, but there is usually no set fee for a building permit in New Hampshire, except in the case of small projects like fences and signs. Building permit fees are normally calculated based on the value of the construction or the expected square footage of the completed building. In some cases, you will need multiple permits such as a building permit, an electrical permit, a plumbing permit, a mechanical permit for gas and heating installation, or a grading permit for surfacing work. Some towns in New Hampshire have additional permit requirements. Milford, for instance, also requires gas piping permits for all natural gas work and driveway permits for any new driveway. When calculating the cost of the permit fees, keep in mind these possible other permit requirements.
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