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Building Department

The 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. 

Forms and Applications 

Listing files in 'Building Department Documents'

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. 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. 

Work Exempt from Permit

  • One story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 sq. ft.
  • Fences not over 7’ 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, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work not involving structural changes or alterations.
  • Prefabricated swimming pools with a capacity of less than 24” deep
  • Decks not exceeding 200 sq. ft. not more than 30” above grade and not attached to a dwelling and do not serve a required exit door.
  • Portable heating/cooling and cooking appliances
  • Roofing and Siding repairs which are limited to 25% within one calendar year.
  • Clearing or repairing of leaks in plumbing systems that do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.

This list is not necessarily all inclusive other work may be exempted from the requirements of obtaining a permit, please check with the Building Department for your particular project.

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.

Permit Forms

All building permit and trade permit applications are available for download but must be filed in person at the land use service counter, permits will not be accepted via e-mail, facsimile or mail. Along with a permit application proof of Insurance, copy of contractors registration if applicable, two sets of construction drawings and/or supporting documentation are required to be submitted. The Building Official advises when a property owner has hired a registered contractor to perform any regulated construction work the contractor should obtain the proper permits for the project.    

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. 

Contact Information

Building Department
Branford Town Hall
1019 Main Street
Branford CT 06405

Phone: (203) 315-0674
Fax: (203) 315-2188
Director: Anthony Cinicola
Hours of Operation: 8:00-4:30 M-F

Additional Links

Town Hall Address: 1019 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 Phone: (203) 488-8394 Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday