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Does my project require zoning approval or a construction permit?

We have put together a chart which indicates zoning and permit requirements for many of the activities a property owner may contemplate undertaking on his/her property.

* PLEASE NOTE:

* If your project exists within a historic district or The Main Street Corridor, additional steps are required. (see * below for applicable projects related to historical districts and Main Street Corridor)

Activity

Zoning Approval

Requires Permit

* Additions

Yes

Yes

Air conditioner (central): Install or replace

Yes

Yes

Asbestos abatement

No

Yes

Basement: Refinishing or remodeling

Yes

Yes

Bathroom fixtures: Direct replacement

No

No

piping changes

No

Yes

Boiler: Replace or Install

No

Yes

Burglar alarm: Install

No

Yes

Carpeting

No

No

Chimney: Repairs

No

Yes

* Commercial signs (exterior)

Yes

Yes

* Deck: Add or replace

Yes

Yes

* Demolition

No

Yes

Dishwasher: Install

No

Yes

Door (exterior): Replace existing with same size and type

No

No

Door (exterior): Adding, enlarging or eliminating

No

Yes

Driveway: Repair or repave

No

No

Duct work: Install new

No

Yes

Duct work: Repair or replace

No

No

Electrical: Any modifications or improvements

No

Yes

* Fence, Add or replace -

Yes

Yes  - If Fence is around a pool / spa of if over 6 feet in height.

 

 

 

 

Activity

Zoning Approval

Requires Permit

Fence: Repair under 50 %

No

No

Fireplace: Add

No

Yes

Furnace: Replace

No

Yes

Generator (stand-alone)

Yes

Yes

Gutters: Replace or repair

No

No

Landscaping work

No

No

Lawn sprinkler

No

Yes

Lead paint abatement

No

No

Ordinary repairs

No

No

* Outdoor kitchen

Yes

Yes

*Painting (exterior or interior)

No

No

* Patio, Brick or Pavers

Yes

No

Plumbing: Any modifications or improvements

No

Yes

Remodeling or alterations (interior)

No

Yes

* Retaining walls, over 4 feet in height

Yes

Yes

Roof: repairs involving less than 25% of existing roof

No

No

* Roof: Replace

No

Yes – See Note 2

Roof top unit

No

Yes

Satellite dish

No

Yes

Septic system: Construct or abandon

No

Yes – Through Board of Health

Sewer system: Connect to the public system

No

Yes

* Shed or other utility building: construct

Yes

Yes (over 200 sf)

Siding: Add or replace

No

Yes – See Note 3

Smoke detectors: Add

No

Yes

* Solar panels

Yes

Yes

Spa/hot tub

Yes

Yes

Storm windows/doors

No

No

Stove: Replace electric with gas

No

Yes

Swimming pool: Add or replace

Yes

Yes

Tennis court: Installation

Yes

Yes

Underground fuel or septic tank: Remove

No

Yes

Water heater: Replace

No

Yes

 

Activity

Zoning Approval

Requires Permit

Wall repairs: Remove and replace sheet rock or plaster

No

Yes - See notes 1 & 2

Windows: Replace existing with same size and type

No

No

* Windows: Adding, enlarging, or eliminating

No

Yes

Notes

Ordinary maintenance in one‐ and two‐family dwellings

  1. Finishes Installation, repair or replacement of interior finishes of less than 25 percent of the wall area of the dwelling. This shall include plastering and drywall installation. (1) Vinyl wall covering of any amount is ordinary maintenance; (2) Paneling is not ordinary maintenance. 
  2. Non‐structural components – The repair or replacement of any non‐structural component, such as a partition.
  3. Roofing – The repair or replacement (including total replacement) of any amount of existing roof covering on detached one‐ or two‐family dwellings.
  4. Siding – The repair or replacement of any amount of existing siding. Exception: The repair or replacement of polypropylene siding is not ordinary maintenance.

 





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