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.
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.
Is there a certain cost that determines if a permit is required?”
No. Any job which fits the above criteria requires a permit.
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.
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