Building Inspector

Building Inspection & Code Enforcement  (603) 887-5552

Myrick Bunker
Building Official/Code Enforcement Officer
84 Chester Street
Chester, NH 03036
Tel.:  (603) 887-5552


Monday through Friday  8am-4pm

Inspections by appointment. One day notice required for inspections.

*Effective October 14, 2016

Administrative Assistant & Permit Tech:
Caroline Wilson
Tel.: (603) 887-5552


Monday through Friday  9am-3pm

**Effective October 19, 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! 

Online Building PermitsApplication for Permits:

“….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.


Demolition Permit

Driveway Permit Application

Electrical Permit Application

Home Occupation Application

Major Building Permit Application

Mechanical Permit Application

Minor Building Permit Application

Plumbing Permit Application

Septic Installation Permit Application

Septic Review Permit Application

 More Coming Soon !!

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)

view:  Health Ordinance Private Wells

See also:  NHDES Guidance to Refine the Potable Water Definition

The NH State Building Code has been amended with the adoption of the following documents:

(Ratified 5/31/2012)
  • 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)

view:  ISO Classification Ratings

NATIONAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN – GAS PIPING – Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST)


view NH Fire Marshal Bulletin


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.

view NH Lead Paint Programs

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.

see also:  Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices in Dwellings

see also:  Addendum to Carbon Monoxide Detection Requirements

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


5 Feet – All INSTANCES

Multiple permits are required for generator installations.   A Building permit and an electrical permit are required but additional permitting may be required if the unit installed is propane or other fuel gas powered.  See also “Residential Generators 2016” 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:

Deck Construction

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?

Building Permit Procedure

Work Exempt From Permit

Inspection Schedule

ICC Climatic Table

Health Ordinance Private Wells

Notice – Snow and Ice Accumulation on Roofs

Notice – Gas Piping

Notice -Residential Sprinkler

Notice –Residential Generators – 2016

Notice – Venting

Notice – Electrical Outside Panels

Notice – Local Approval Required for Sewage Disposal Systems Prior to Submission to DES

Complaint Form

Home Occupation Application

Application Checklist(updated 10/13/2011)

Building Code Minimum Requirements,
Advisory  & Summary Sheets

Climatic Tables

Chimneys, Brick Wall Shields, and Fireplaces

Foundation & Footings

Foundation Flow Chart

Foundation Drawing Minimum Rebar

Framing Notes

Habitable Basement

Insulation Certification and Energy Code

Monolithic Slabs

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Sun Rooms, Screened Decks  and NH Energy Code

Stairways and Handrails

Swimming Pools

Residential Generators – 2016

Window Sizing and Emergency Egress

Weather Resistance Barrier & Window Flashing

NH DES Video on Septic System Management
for Homeowners
 (9:42 min)

Outdoor Wood Boilers


NH Attorney General’s Office

New Hampshire Attorney General’s Consumer Source Book

NH State Building Code

NH Plumbing Board

NH Department of Environmental Services (DES)

NH Wetlands Bureau

Prime Wetlands

Shore-land Program

NH Bureau of Electrical Safety and licensing 

NH Building Officials Association

Residential Energcy Code Compliance

NH Public Utilities Commission
Energy Codes

NH Department of Safety
Building Safety and Construction
Mechanical Safety and Licensing Section
(relating to gas fitters licensing)

Radon Gas and Residential Homes
EPA and DES sites are referenced

Concrete Encased Electrode Bulletin 
NH Bureau of Electric Safety & Licensing


Significant Changes/Impacts to existing National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) – posted 9/6/2013

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
Read Through: 
“Summary of Coverage” and “Claims Handbook”

Federal Aid Programs

For New Hampshire Disaster Recovery 

Revised Flood Elevation Certificates

What You Need to Know About Federal Disaster

Assistance & National Flood Insurance