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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 Code.  


     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 construction. 


     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 Required:

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 wall

·         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.


Permit applications:  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.


Authorization Form


Permit Forms:

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 Conditioning.

Building Permit Requirements for Worker's Compensation (Directions 7A-7B-7C) (forms below)

     State of Connecticut Worker's Compensation Commission forms 7A, 7B, 7C


Site inspections: 

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, for details. 



 A 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 requirements.


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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