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Town of Stafford When is a permit required?

When is a permit required?

The State of Connecticut Building Code requires permits to be obtained and inspections of the work performed for most 'construction' activities. Ultimately it is the property owner's responsibility to ensure that all permits have been granted and inspections passed for any work on their property.

Additionally, when purchasing a home, or any other property, you should check with the Town to verify that all permits were issued and inspections approved for work on the property. When in doubt, please give the building department a call 860-684-1775.

Section 105.2 of the 2003 International Residential Code portion of the 2005 State Building Code of Connecticut  states:

A permit must be obtained PRIOR to commencing work EXCEPT for the following: 

R105.2 Work exempt from permit, R105.2.1 Emergency repairs, and R105.2.2 Repairs

R105.2 Work exempt from permit - Permits shall not be required for the following. Exemption from the permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.

 R105.2 Work exempt from permit - BUILDING:

1.  Fences not over 6 feet (1829 mm) high.

2.  Retaining walls that are not over 3 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a structure.

3.  Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18927 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.

4.  Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below.

5.  Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.

6.  Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep.

7.  Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one or two-family dwelling.

8.  Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.

R105.2 Work exempt from permit - ELECTRICAL:

Repairs and maintenance: A permit shall not be required for minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.

R105.2 Work exempt from permit - GAS:

1.  Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.

2.  Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.

3.  Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.

R105.2 Work exempt from permit - MECHANICAL:

1.  Portable heating appliance.

2.  Portable ventilation appliances.

3.  Portable cooling unit.

4.  Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.

5.  Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.

6.  Portable evaporative cooler.

7.  Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.

8.  Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.

R105.2 Work exempt from permit - PLUMBING:

1.  The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe; provided, however, that if any concealed, trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in Sections R105 and R109 of this code.

2.  The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.

R105.2.1 Work exempt from permit - EMERGENCY REPAIRS - Where equipment replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day to the building official.

R105.2.2 Work exempt from permit - REPAIRS - Application or notice to the building official is not required for ordinary repairs to structures, replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles. Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety

When applying for a permit, documentation should be presented with your application detailing the nature and extent of the work, with sufficient clarity showing that the work will conform to the building code and all other laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations as determined by the Building Official.


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