Town of North Branford
909 Foxon Road
North Branford CT 06471
Thomas Cowell, Building Official - Email
Effective February 1, 2006 the times to pull a permit will be:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
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
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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 Workman's Compensation Insurance.
- Contractor's name, address, telephone number and a copy of license
- Applicable Building and Zoning fees.