Does my project require zoning approval or a construction permit?

We have put together a chart which indicates zoning and permit requirements for many of the activities a property owner may contemplate undertaking on his/her property.

* PLEASE NOTE: 

  • If your project exists within a historic district or at a registered historic site, additional steps are required (see * below for applicable projects related to historical districts and sites).
  • For exterior sign projects in the Main Street Historic District, CLICK HERE for instructions.
Activity
Zoning Approval
Requires Permit
* Additions
Yes
Yes
Air conditioner (central): Install or replace
No Yes
Asbestos abatement
No
Yes
Basement: Refinishing or remodeling
Yes
Yes
Bathroom fixtures: Direct replacement
No
No
piping changes
No
Yes
Boiler: Replace
No
Yes
Burglar alarm: Install
No
Yes
Carpeting
No
No
Chimney: Repairs
No
Yes
* Commercial signs (exterior)
Yes
Yes
* Deck: Add or replace
Yes
Yes
* Demolition
No Yes
Dishwasher: Install
No
Yes
Door (exterior): Replace existing with same size and type
No
No
Door (exterior): Adding, enlarging or eliminating
No
Yes
Driveway: Repair or repave
Yes
No
Duct work: Install new
No
Yes
Duct work: Repair or replace
No
No
Electrical: Any modifications or improvements
No
Yes
* Fence, Add or replace
Yes
Yes
Fence: Repair
No
No
Fireplace: Add
No Yes
Furnace: Replace
No
Yes
Generator (stand-alone)
Yes
Yes
Gutters: Replace or repair
No
No
Landscaping work
No
No
Lawn sprinkler
No
Yes
Lead paint abatement
No
No
Ordinary repairs
No
No
* Outdoor kitchen
Yes
Yes
Painting (exterior or interior)
No
No
* Patio, Brick or Pavers
Yes
No
Plumbing: Any modifications or improvements
No Yes
Remodeling or alterations (interior)
No Yes
* Retaining walls, over 4feet in height
Yes
Yes
Roof: repairs involving less than 25% of existing roof
No
No
* Roof: Replace
No
Yes
Roof top unit
No
Yes
Satellite dish
No
Yes
Septic system: Construct or abandon
No
Yes
Sewer system: Connect to the public system
No
Yes
* Shed or other utility building: construct
Yes
Yes (over 100 sf)
Siding: Add or replace
No
Yes
Smoke detectors: Add
No
Yes
* Solar panels
No
Yes
Spa/hot tub
Yes
Yes
Storm windows/doors
No
No
Stove: Replace electric with gas
No
Yes
Swimming pool: Add or replace
Yes
Yes
Tennis court: Installation
Yes
Yes
Underground fuel or septic tank: Remove
No
Yes
Water heater: Replace
No
Yes
Wall repairs: Remove and replace sheet rock or plaster
No
Yes
Windows: Replace existing with same size and type
No
No
* Windows: Adding, enlarging, or eliminating
No
Yes