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Building Permit

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A building permit is required for all structures,
including temporary, portable or pre-built.

There is no fee for buildings under 200 square feet. All applications can be held for review for 35 days. The fee is $25 plus $1 per $1,000 of the estimated cost (including materials and labor) over $2,000 Any false information submitted in the application may result in a penalty and possible fine. After-the-fact permits issued are double the fee. If you need assistance with this application, contact the Code Enforcement Officer.

portable
Portable and temporary shelters valued at $2,500 or greater require a permit and must meet all setbacks. None are allowed in the Shoreland Zone.

SETBACK
Structures must be at least 25 feet from boundary lines and road rights-of-way. If you do not know the location of the ROW line of a town road, assume it is at least 33’ from the center.

NEW DWELLING
If a new dwelling, attach a copy of the plumbing permit. Road frontage for a single family residential structure is 150 ft. Minimum lot size is one (1) acre. Maximum height of a habitable building is 35 feet. Barns, etc. may be higher with a permit.

For structures to be built under Waterford’s Shoreland Zoning Ordinance, please attach the Waterford Planning Board permit. All permits must comply with the Flood Plain Management rules. Visit the Shoreland Zone page.

All applications can be held for review for 35 days. A copy of the permit will be given after the $25 fee is collected as well as $1 per $1,000 of the estimated cost including materials and labor over $2,000. If shoreland zoning approval has already been given, then only the $25 fee applies. Any false information submitted in the application may result in a penalty and possible fine. If you need assistance with this application, please contact the Code Enforcement Officer. Incomplete permits will not be signed.

E.      Expiration of Permit
Following the issuance of a permit, if no substantial start is made in construction or in the use of the property within one year of the date of the permit, the permit shall lapse and become void and all fees forfeited to the Town of Waterford. Substantial Start is defined as: Completion of at least 30% of a permitted structure or use measured as a percentage of the total estimated cost.