slider border

Applying for a Building Permit

A building permit is required before any construction project can be started. This permit is issued by the Code Enforcement Office which checks to make sure the project complies with zoning, building, plumbing, electrical and fire code ordinances adopted by the city and State of Maine.

You need a building permit:

  • For construction or alteration of a structure
  • For construction of an addition
  • For demolishing or moving a structure
  • When making a change of occupancy
  • When moving a lot line which effects an existing structure
  • When installing vinyl siding
  • When changing windows
  • When installing a sign for a business
  • When installing a radio and/or television tower
  • When installing a shed, deck, or sunroom
  • When installing an above-ground or built-in swimming pool
  • Separate permits are required for electrical and plumbing work.

To obtain a permit, you need to complete a permit application and submit two sets of plans for your project. Fees for building permits vary according to the size and type of project.

Once granted, you will receive a building permit and one set of approved plans which must remain on the job site until the final inspection and the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.


Many of our applications for building and other permits are available on our IWorq portal here or in PDF format below:

* These documents are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. To read or print them, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software, which can be downloaded by following this link.

To see a list of permits that have been issued recently, as well as historic data on building permits, follow this link.