Finishing Your Basement
A Development/Building permit is required for most alterations or construction within a dwelling. Therefore, a Building Permit is required to develop a basement for the personal use of the occupant (such as family room, bathroom, bedroom, etc.).
Work is not authorized to proceed on a project for which a permit is required, until both a valid Development Permit and a Building Permit has been paid for and received from the Town. Building Permits cannot be issued without a Development Permit Approval.
Applying for a Building Permit
Your floor plan should indicate the following:
- The proposed and existing room layout.
- Designation of the use and dimensions of the proposed rooms.
- Total square footage of the area being developed.
- Details of structural changes, if any.
- Number of additional plumbing fixtures.
- Locations of smoke alarms
- Location and sizes of all windows.
- Location, sizes and swing direction of all doors.
Basement Development Permit Package:
Access Basement Permit Application Package
If you intend to install electrical wiring and/or plumbing in your basement, then you also require a separate Electrical Permit and a Plumbing Permit. Depending on the work being done, a Gas Permit and/or a Heating Permit may also be necessary.
In addition to a building permit, a Development Permit is also required for basement suites. The property must already be zoned for the intended purpose and the lot must meet minimum size requirements. Please note that a building permit is not required when insulating exterior walls. However, erecting any interior walls does require a building permit plus any other applicable permits (such as electrical and plumbing)