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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a permit if I build a deck/porch/garage/etc., the same size and in the same location as the one I am replacing?

How much does a building permit cost?

What other permits may I need before I start my project?

How is my property zoned?

Is my property within a floodplain?

Where do I measure setbacks?

When should I call for an inspection?

How much lead-time is needed for an inspection?

Do I need a license to perform electrical or plumbing installations?

What is an "egress window"?

How high must a guardrail be?

What size must stairways be?

How high must handrails be and how do I measure them?

What about smoke detectors?

Do I need a "fire wall" between my garage and my house?

I'm having a chimney built. What do I look for?

Can I subdivide or split my property?

Can I build on a private road?

What types of businesses can I operate on my property?

I own (or operate) a food establishment in Saco and understand that there is a new Food Service Code adopted by the State. Where can I get a copy of these new rules and regulations?