What We Do
The building department is responsible for enforcing the CT State Building Code (CSBC,) there are no local building codes specific to New Canaan. The State Building Code does cycle every 3 to 5 years in an effort to adopt the most current codes as the methods and materials used in construction evolve. The way in which we enforce these codes is by performing a plan review for code compliance of a proposed project prior to issuing a permit. Once the permit has been issued we then perform multiple inspections throughout the construction process to verify compliance. The intent of the CSBC as defined therein is to “establish minimum requirements to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare.” There are several different classifications of licensing for building inspectors all of which are mandated by the CT. General Statutes to maintain continuing education credits to inform us of any and all code changes.
There are several home improvement activities that are specifically exempt from requiring a permit such as paint, carpet, tile, cabinets, wall paper, and landscaping. As mentioned earlier the code is ever changing and this list is subject to change please call with any questions regarding permitting requirements.
On average the New Canaan Building Department issues approximately 1,700 permits annually for a wide variety of activities ranging from new construction and renovations to simple oil tank or furnace replacements. The present staff has over 70 years of experience working in the trades and over 30 years of experience as inspectors.
Most home improvements require the contractor to possess a Home Improvements Contractors Registration, trade work such as plumbing and electric require specific trade contractors licenses. Please see the link provided to verify contractor’s licenses. Trade journeymen are not licensed to contract work; homeowners may work on their own home without being licensed however permits are required.
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Main Number: 203-594-3012
Main Fax: 203-594-3121
Monday - Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm
Please note: Doors are only open to Public 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Brian Platz, Chief Building Official
Paul Payne, Deputy Building Official
John Funfgeld, Assistant Building Official
Tracey Pizzolato, Administrative Assistant
77 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840