Building Inspection & Code Enforcement (603) 887-5552
Building Official/Code Enforcement Officer
84 Chester Street
Chester, NH 03036
Tel.: (603) 887-5552
Inspections by appointment. One day notice required for inspections.
*Effective June 6, 2016
Administrative Assistant & Permit Tech:
Tel.: (603) 887-5552
**Effective August 8, 2016
Please call and leave a voicemail or email us so that we may assist you as soon as we are available. An after-hours drop is located directly to the left of the Building Department door for your convenience. Thank you!
“….a permit issued by the Building Official shall be required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system…..”
Applications for permits shall be submitted in such form as the Building Official prescribes and shall be signed by and/or authorized by the owner.
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Please read the most current building code.
- No Permit will be approved and issued until public notice of the application has been posted at the Town Hall for a period of 7 days.
- NH RSA 676:13, III mandates a decision (approval or denial) by the Building Inspector, upon receipt of a completed application, within 30 days. Decision on an application for commercial or residential more than 10 dwelling units must be rendered within 60 days.
- Permit application must include an official Permit application, plans drawn to scale (minimum 17″ x 22″; preferred 22″ x 34″), Site plan (may be required to be certified; minimum 17″ x 22″, preferred 22″ x 34″) dimensions and locations of all lot lines, wetlands and all setbacks; as well as any existing and proposed structures.
- A new driveway or improvement to a driveway requires a Permit.
- Permits are required for an in-home occupation/business.
- In addition to in-ground pools – all above ground pools require a building permit – most will also require an Electrical Permit
- Accessory Sheds require a Building Permit.
- All Generator Installations require a permit.
- No permit is required for re-roofing when no structural changes are made (see below “Work Exempt From Permit” for additional information)
- No permit is required for residential door and window replacements (see below “Work Exempt From Permit” for additional information)
Please call the office if you have questions related to a building project.
…”Neither the review of any plan by officials of the (Town), nor any subsequent inspection of the premises, should be relied upon as an assurance of conformity to legal requirements. The applicant shall remain fully responsible for complying with all applicable state or local laws, ordinances, regulations or conditions.”
The permit information below is intended for use within the Town of Chester. Please be sure to check with your local authority having jurisdiction before relying upon the content of these informational sheets when used in other communities. Should you have questions regarding the building code, consult with your local Building Department. The Building Department can and should be your best source of code information.
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Health Ordinance relating to New Private Wells (effective Nov 8, 2012)
The NH State Building Code has been amended with the adoption of the following documents:
- International Building Code, 2009 edition, with amendments
- International Existing Building Code, 2009 edition, with amendments
- International Plumbing Code, 2009 edition, with amendments
- International Mechanical Code, 2009 edition, with amendments
- International Energy Conservation Code, 2009 edition, with amendments
- International Residential Code, 2009 edition, with amendments
- National Electrical Code, 2014 edition, with amendments
- The State Building Code also makes specific adoption of the State Fire Code.
See also: Chester Building Code (updated 6/8/2012)
The Chester Building Department has received ISO Classification Ratings for Building Code Effectiveness (November 2013)
NATIONAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN – GAS PIPING – Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST)
view CSST SAFETY
NEW LEAD PAINT REQUIREMENTS
Effective April 22, 2010 new federal regulations intended to protect children from lead poisoning go into effect. The regulations will require that projects that disturb lead paint in homes, day care centers, and schools built before 1978 to be completed by licensed re-modelers certified through the EPA to perform such work.
May is Building Safety Month
“Building Safety, Where You Live, Work, or Play”
“Construction that meets the minimum building codes – does not ensure quality construction – know your contractor.” Conditions such as bowed walls, uneven floors or squeaky floor systems, soft stairways and floors, excessively popped sheetrock, misaligned or uneven roofing, out of square areas, poor window installations, wind washing, areas of energy loss, poor ventilation, leaky return air drafts, poor ridge venting, improper shingle attachment, miss-aligned doors, etc. – these and many other aspects of home nuisance problems are all effected directly by the quality of workmanship that is inherit in good construction practices.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon Monoxide Detectors are required in Residential New Construction as defined by RSA 153:10-a.
Insure that you have referenced and understand both of the above documented requirements relating to Carbon Monoxide placement in new construction. Carbon Monoxide detector requirements are also specifically noted within the building codes.
Generator Installations – Residential
NH Fire Marshal’s Office
see also: Bulletin on Residential Generator Safety
**MINIMUM CLEARANCE TO COMBUSTIBLES**
5 Feet – ALL INSTANCES
**MIMIMUM DISTANCE TO OPENINGS**
5 Feet – All INSTANCES
A permit is required for generator installations. This generally will be an electrical permit but may also require a gas permit if the unit installed is to be a new propane connection. See also “Notice – Residential Generators 2015” and “Residential Generators – 2015” as posted below.
DIG SAFE – it’s The LAW
all areas within 100 feet of underground utilities; 72 hours advance notification required all excavation
Guide to Decks
Useful information on Safe Construction of single level residential wood decks can be found here:
The contents of the above guide are based in part on the existing 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) and should be considered a minimum standard for compliance and are reflective of good industry practices relating to deck construction.
Permit Information & NOTICES
Frequently Asked Questions When Do I Need a Permit?
Notice -Residential Sprinkler
Notice –Residential Generators – 2016
Application Checklist(updated 10/13/2011)
Building Code Minimum Requirements,
Advisory & Summary Sheets
Links To HELPFUL SITES
Radon Gas and Residential Homes
EPA and DES sites are referenced
Concrete Encased Electrode Bulletin
NH Bureau of Electric Safety & Licensing
FLOOD HAZARD AREA UPDATE:
Flood Plain Provisions – Letter of Map Amendment:
NH Office of Energy and Planning
Floodplain Management Web Site
Flood Damaged Property – Visit FEMA Web Site
Recovering From and Coping With Flood Damaged Property
The National Flood Insurance Program
Information for Homeowners and Renters
“Summary of Coverage” and “Claims Handbook”
Federal Aid Programs