Branford Building Department
is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the
Connecticut State Building Code, along with relevant town
ordinances. The department’s role is to ensure public safety
through the permitting process and demonstrate compliance of
the structural and safety requirements of the State Building
The department is responsible for the issuance of all building
permits for residential and commercial structures within the
town. The department handles all permits related to
electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning and
demolition. That process includes the review of plans for
technical compliance with the CT State Building Code, and the
inspection of the project during various phases of
The issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy or a Certificate of
Compliance at a project’s completion is a property owner’s
assurance that the construction performed substantially meets
the structural and safety requirements of the State of
Connecticut Building Code and the Town of Branford.
Permits are required for any owner who intends to construct,
enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy
of a building or structure, or to move a lot line that will
affect any existing 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 the code.
Work Exempt from Permit:
Permits will not be required for the following work;
Fences not over 6’ in height
Retaining walls less than 3’ above grade at any point along
Sidewalks, driveways and concrete or masonry patios less than
30” above grade
Painting, tiling, carpeting and similar finish work
Prefabricated swimming pools less than 24” deep
Portable heating/cooling and cooking appliances
Clearing or repairing of leaks in plumbing systems that do not
involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves,
pipes or fixtures.
Applications for all necessary permits are accepted from 8 am
to 4 pm, Monday through Friday at the land use service counter
located on second floor of Town Hall.
Who may apply:
Applications shall be made by the
property owner or by any authorized agent per public act
91-95. If the authorized agent is a CT licensed contractor
than the provisions of section 20-338b of the CGS shall be
followed. Contractors must submit proof of valid CT licensure
and proper insurance certificate.
The Building Official advises when a property owner has hired
a contractor to perform any regulated construction work the
contractor obtain the permits for the project themselves.
Some, but not all, instructions and forms are downloadable;
please see below for details regarding permit requirements.
Please note that some forms must be notarized before
being submitted to the Building Official.
Application for Building Permit
Application to Install Electrical.
Application to Install Plumbing.
Application to Install Heating, Ventilation and Air
Building Permit Requirements for Worker's Compensation
State of Connecticut Worker's Compensation Commission forms
As a project is started and progresses the permit applicant is
responsible to notify the Building Department when ready for
the required inspections. Inspections are scheduled on a
regular basis, a location and valid permit number is required
when calling to request an inspection. Most inspection
requests are scheduled within a 24 to 48-hour lead time but
can be increased due to the number of inspection requests
received. You must speak with someone to properly schedule
your inspection no requests will be accepted by voicemail.
CO inspections are conducted after the structure is completed.
Please see the attached document,
Building Inspection Process,
fee of $18.00 shall cover work costing up to $1,000.00 with a
fee of $12.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction
thereof. Additionally a State mandated education fee of $.26
per $1000.00 value of construction is applicable.
A fee of $2.20 per sheet will be accessed for drawings
received for sizes of 11”x17” to a maximum size of 30” x 42”
and $.20 per page for all necessary documentation printed on
8.5” X 11” for scanning, indexing and filming such documents
to meet the requirements of the States M-10 retention
Depending on the project, various other permit applications
fees may be required. Please contact the other relevant
departments on this website (Engineering, Zoning, Inland
Wetlands, Fire and Public Health) for those charges.
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