Building Department

The Building Inspector is responsible for examining buildings to make sure that they confirm with the building code, and are safe to use. The primary goal of a Building Inspector is to enforce the building code. The code is designed to create a minimum level of safety and construction quality. Because building codes tend to change frequently, the Building Inspector spends a great deal of time keeping up on the latest additions, alterations, and removals to the building code, so that we are judging buildings to the proper standard.

As a general rule, when a new structure is built, before the structure can be used, the Building Inspector must be allowed in to examine it, confirming that it is safe for use. If the building inspector clears the building, it can be occupied or sold, depending on the intent of the owner. We also inspect plans for new construction which are brought to us for approval, so that issues with a structure can be identified early, saving time and money.

Note: Any person, owner, firm or corporation who: erects, constructs, alters, reconstructs, repairs, remodels, removes, or demolishes any structure, building component, mechanical system, or equpiment regulated by the current adopted Building Code and Fee Schedule before obtaining a pemit from the Buildiing Department will result in permit fees being doubled and paid prior to the commencement of work again. Violations are $100/Day until resolved or an agreement is reached with the Board of Selectmen and Building Inspector. (Permits valid for 180 days unless work has begun within 180 days, then pemit is valid for 1 year.) Permit renewal after 1 year is subject to fee by percentage completed as outlined in fee schedule.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Gary Somero Building & Code Inspector (603) 620-3688