Do I need a demolition permit and what are the requirements?

You need a Demolition Permit when:

  • Any primary structures will be razed or removed from a lot
  • Any Accessory structures that have utility or mechanical systems, hazardous materials or a basement type foundation will be razed or removed from a lot
  • An addition renovation to a building requires a substantial amount of demolition

You do not need a Demolition Permit when:

  • Minor accessory structures such as sheds and small garages that do not contain utilities with separate connections or basement-type foundations are removed
  • Decks, porches and other similar appurtenances to structures are removed, where the intent is to remove and rebuild
  • Interior demolition to structures occurs where the intent is to change or renovate

Requirements before a Demolition Permit is issued:

  • A completed Demolition Permit application; this application form is in addition to a Building Permit application for any new construction. The fee for a Demolition Permit is $30.
  • For Demolition permits disturbing more than 2,500 square feet, a grading plan must be submitted and approved. See separate handout for Grading Plan Requirements.
  • Proof that utilities have been cut off as per the requirements of building code and Utility Companies must be submitted.
  • A successfully completed and inspected Plumbing Permit for Septic or Sewer Cap-off (this is a separate permit application)
  • At the discretion of the Code and Compliance Officer (CCO) for good cause, a Cash Demolition Escrow Bond of $1 per square foot of the footprint of the building to be demolished may be required (minimum of $500) to ensure a safe, sanitary and secure completion of the demolition work. The bond will be refunded when the demolition is complete and the CCO certifies the site is safe and sanitary. Bond refunds must be requested in writing from the Code and Compliance Officer, Land Use Office.

Demolition Grading Plan Requirements:

All grading plans submitted for review should include (but is not limited to) the following items:

  • Property address and legal description
  • Existing topographic and boundary information
  • Basements/foundation locations to be removed/filled
  • Proposed contours and elevations
  • Limits of clearing and grading
  • Erosion and sediment control measures
  • Other notes or items deemed necessary for demolition

Important Note: Demolition of a structure that is non-conforming per the Zoning Code (for instance, one that currently is located less than 50 feet from the lake) may result in the new structure being required to fully comply with the current Zoning Ordinance.

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1. When is a Building Permit Required?
2. How long does it take to have a building permit issued?
3. How do I schedule an inspection for my project?
4. Are licenses required in the State of New Hampshire?
5. Do I need a demolition permit and what are the requirements?
6. How long is a building permit good for?
7. When will my permit be ready?
8. Do signs require permits?