Any owner or authorized agent who intends 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, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required 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.
- One-story detached accessory residential structures, provided the shed does not exceed 100 square feet in area and 10 feet in height.
- Fences not over 6 feet high.
- Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
- Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
- Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below.
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
- Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep.
- Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one or two-family dwelling.
- Window awnings supported by an exterior wall.
Yes, you do need a permit to wire your own house and the work must be inspected and meet electrical code requirements.
Do I need a permit to do plumbing work on my own house?
Yes, you do need a permit to do plumbing work and the work must be inspected for code compliance.
Which codes are used in the Town of Falmouth?
- The IRC 2009 for Residential Projects
- The IBC 2009 for Commercial Projects
- The IECC 2009 for Residentail and Commercial Projects
- The Maine State Plumbing Code 10 - 144 CMR 238
- The Maine Subsurface Waste Water Disposal Rules 144A CMR 241
- NFPA 211 - Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel - burning Appliances 1996 Edition
- NFPA 31 - Standard for Oil Burning Equipment
- NFPA 101 - Life Safety Code
- NFPA/NEC 70 - National Electrical Code 2014
- Any construction, enlargement, alteration or demolition of a structure.
- Any change of occupancy that would require greater strength of the building.
- Any change to another use (may also require zoning planning approval)