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Why are building permits required?”

A building permit serves as formal and legal permission to start any construction job. The issuance of a building permit indicates that plans for a new structure, addition, alteration, renovation, foundation, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electrical, prefabricated structure, etc. have been approved by building officials and comply with mandated building codes and zoning regulations.
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What do you need a building permit for?”

A building, electrical, plumbing or mechanical permit is required for all new types of construction, additions, renovations, alterations, and the types listed above next to the permit type.
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Is there a certain cost that determines if a permit is required?”

No. Any job which fits the above criteria requires a permit.
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What are the fees for a permit?”

Fees for all types of permits are based upon the actual/estimated cost of the project, including materials and labor. The fees are: $25 for the first $1,000 and $14 for each additional $1,000 for project under 75,000 square feet. Certificates of Occupancy cost $50 each for residential and $75 for commercial projects. Projects over 75,000 square feet have fees of $30 for the first $1,000 and $20 for each additional $1,000.
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What codes are used in Meriden, Connecticut?”

Connecticut currently uses the following codes: International Building Code - 2003 (w/2005 CT Supplement) International Residential Code - 2003 (w/2005 CT Amendments) International Existing Building Code - 2003 International Plumbing Code - 2003 International Mechanical Code - 2003 National Electrical Code - 2005 (NFPA-70) ICC/ANSI A117.1 - 2003 International Energy Conservation Code - 2003 2003 International Fire Code
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