Town of North Branford
909 Foxon Road
North Branford CT 06471
Thomas Cowell, Building Official - Email
Zoning Enforcement Official - Email
The Building Department is responsible for monitoring all building activities
in Town through the issuance of permits and inspections for all new and
renovated buildings, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning,
fireplaces, demolitions and gas and oil tank installations and removals.
Permanent files are maintained for all current projects and, upon completion,
are coded and filed for future reference. This department is highly regulated
by State Statutes and a close working relationship is maintained with
the Fire Marshal's Office.
The Building Department Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
thru Friday for assistance from our staff: Building Official Thomas Cowell.
Building Permit hours are from 8:30 a.m. to
For the convenience of both property owners
and contractors, the Town of North Branford employs an
online permit system.
Through an easy to use web portal, you may apply for a building permit,
attach supporting documents and check the status of a permit.
can pay any required fees by mail or in person. Before applying for a
permit, you should review the Building Department web page to see what
documentation is required. Please scan and attach supporting documentation
with your completed application. Provide as much information as you can on
the form as incomplete applications may
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North Branford Code
No permit to begin work for new construction,
alteration, removal, demolition or other building operation, including
electrical work, interior plumbing work, installation of furnaces or
heating systems and air conditioning systems, shall be issued until the
fees prescribed in this section shall have been paid to Department of
Building Inspection of the Town of North Branford, nor shall an
amendment to a permit necessitating an addition fee because of an
increase in the estimated cost of work involved be approved until the
additional fee shall have been paid. Except as otherwise provided
herein, all fees shall be based upon the fair market value or cost
pursuant to the following schedule:
Permit, Certificate or
$1,000 or less in fair market cost
Each additional $1,000 in
Activities Requiring a Building Permit
- New construction
- Additions to existing buildings - including garages, porches, decks,
- Interior work that requires structural work
- Finishing off of basements
- Swimming pools
- Sheds, barns, garages, greenhouses
- Wood and gas stoves, fireplaces
- Roofing, siding, and replacement windows
- Electrical service changes and repairs
- Electric, plumbing,, heating, air conditioning and oil tank work done
in connection with
a building permit require separate permits for each
- Other miscellaneous construction as required by law. Call the Building
Office with any
questions or for clarifications
A Zoning Permit is also required for new construction, additions, out
building, pools, signs etc.
Homeowners are urged to verify that all contractors have the proper licenses
and insurance to do the work they are hired to do. Electricians, Plumbers
and HVAC installers are licensed by the State of Connecticut. Home improvements
contractors and new home builders must also be registered with the State
Building Permit Application submittal, issuance, and
- If the site is served or to be served by an on-site septic system
or a water supply well,
approval from East Shore District Health Department (203)481-4233, is
prior to building permit.
- If there are wetlands or watercourses on the site and located within
100 feet of the
proposed activity, or if the activity may impact a wetland or watercourse,
application to the Inland Wetlands and Watercourse Agency may be required.
Contact the Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer at (203)484-6010 to
- A site plan or special use approval may be required from the Planning
Commission, generally for commercial development, accessory dwelling
units, or food
- After obtaining any required Planning and Zoning Commission and/or
Commission approvals for a project, the permit application may be submitted
- For new structures, after the foundation is constructed and inspected,
survey showing the foundation location must be submitted. All mechanical,
or other permits, including Sanitary Sewer Connection Permit must be
applicable. Building inspections will be conducted during construction.
A list of
required inspections will be supplied with the permit.
- After all construction and site work is completed, contact the Building
Official and the
Zoning Enforcement Officer for a final Certificate of Occupancy inspection.
- When all work has been completed and approved by the Building Official
Enforcement Officer, a Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Zoning
will be issued.
Submittal requirements to apply for a Building Permit
The following items are required to be submitted when
applying for a building permit:
- Completed building permit application, zoning permit application
form with owner's
signature and plot plan.
- Planning and Zoning Commission approval, if applicable.
- Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency approval, if applicable.
- Flood permit approval, if applicable.
- East Shore Health Department Approval, if applicable (if building
by septic system and/or well).
- Construction plans (2 sets).
- Proof of Workers' Compensation Insurance.
- Contractor's name, address, telephone number and a copy of license
- Applicable Building and Zoning fees.
Building Inspection Process
- Soil/footing Inspection: Set forms and required
reinforcement. Call for inspection
prior to pouring concrete.
- Foundation Inspection: (Only on engineered foundations) set
forms and required
reinforcement. Call for inspection prior to pouring concrete.
- Backfill: Install or apply footing drains, tar membrane,
insulation, if applicable. Call for inspection prior to backfilling.
- Rough Plumbing/HVAC/Electrical: Set all required test on
- Framing Inspection: Call for inspection only after all
rough inspections have been approved. All firestopping components
All rough inspections may be combined on certain projects, please call
- Insulation Inspection: Call for inspection prior to
- Acoustical Ceiling: Required by all trades prior top
installation of ceiling tile.
- Final Plumbing/HVAC/Electrical:
- Final Building Inspection:
Exempt From Permit
will not be required for the following work;
- Fences not over 6’ in height
- Retaining walls that are not over 3’ in
height measured from the finished grade at the bottom of the wall to
finished grade at the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or
impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids.
- Water tanks supported directly upon grade if
the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to
diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
- Sidewalks, driveways and on-grade concrete
or masonry patios not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and not
over any basement or story below and which are not part of an accessible
- Papering, painting, tiling, carpeting,
cabinets, countertops and similar finish work not involving structural
changes or alterations.
- Temporary motion picture, television and
theater stage sets and scenery.
- Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a
Use Group R-3 occupancy, as applicable in Section 101.2, which are less
than 24” deep. Do not exceed 5,000 gallon capacity and are installed
entirely above ground.
- Shade cloth structures constructed for
nursery or agricultural purposes and not including service systems.
- Swings and other playground equipment.
- Window awnings supported by an exterior wall
which do not project more than 54” from the exterior wall and do not
require additional support of Group R-3, as applicable in Section 102.1
and Group U occupancies.
- Movable cases, counters and partitions not
over 5 feet 9 inches in height and not containing any electrical, plumbing
or mechanical equipment.
[Grandstands] Portable grandstands or
bleachers providing seating for fewer than 100 persons when located
outside of a building
Request for Information
As of October 1, 2009, any and all requests for information must be submitted in writing on the form provided. Please allow the staff a minimum of 3 business days to research the information and get back to you.