Getting a Permit

Those trades that are required to be licensed under New Hampshire law must secure those permits in person at our office. They may not be secured online or by proxy. The individual must present a current license to the department at time of issuance.

The process for permits needing a staff review is:
  1. You need to gather or secure all of the required documents based upon the type of permit you are seeking.
  2. Once you have all of the required documents, you need to fill out and print your permit application form. Remember incomplete applications may delay the permit processing time.
  3. Submit your completed application and all of the required documents to our office at 55 Constitution Drive. The only fees that are due upon submission are plan review fees.
  4. Once staff has had the opportunity to review your application we will contact you if more information is required or you will receive notice your permit is ready to be picked up.
  5. Once the fees are paid and the permit is picked up work may begin. Remember, permits are processed in the order in which they are submitted and missing information may delay the process.
Types of Permits
Permits are generally one of two types:
  • On Demand
  • Review Required
On Demand Permits
These permits do not involve either structural or non-structural modifications to a building and are available at our front desk during posted business hours by filling out the permit form, paying the fee and scheduling an inspection once work is complete. Examples of this type of permit are, but not limited to:
  • Adding electrical circuits or outlets to an existing circuit
  • Electrical service upgrade
  • Gas piping for a new stove, clothes dryer, gas fireplace or decorative stove
  • Installing a standby generator (needs gas and electric permits; both permits must be issued prior to any inspections being performed)
  • Replacing a fuel fired water heater
  • Replacing an existing fuel fired furnace
  • Wood or pellet stove
Review Required Permits
These permits require a review by department staff for both code and land use regulation compliance. Some examples are, but not limited to:
  • Converting existing unused space into usable finished areas
  • Erecting structures both from a building code perspective but also from a zoning regulation perspective
  • Remodeling both residential and commercial that involves structural and/or nonstructural modifications
  • Septic permits
  • Septic plan reviews
  • Sign permits