NEW COUNTER HOURS:
Monday: 8:30-9:30am and 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30-9:30am and 4:00-5:00pm
HOW DO I GET A BUILDING PERMIT?
Come into the building department at 33 Geremonty Drive. You can pick up an application anytime during the day. However, permits will only be issued during "COUNTER HOURS".
I WANT TO BUILD A HOUSE. CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO DO?
During "COUNTER HOURS" you will bring a completed application and building plans to the building department. Building Inspector Mike DiBartolomeo will review the plans regarding codes, regulations and zoning. The application and plans are submitted to Fire, Planning and Engineering Departments for their approvals. Once the application is complete, you will be contacted to come in to pay and pick up your permit.
WHEN DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT?
You need to obtain a building permit (during Counter Hours) for new construction or altering existing construction. Additions, finishing an attic or basement, or changing interior walls are examples of alterations that require a building permit. You generally do not have to obtain a building permit to replace windows or doors, as long as they maintain the same dimensions. The following type of work often needs a building permit:
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A PERMIT?
Most permits will be issued upon receipt of the application. Commercial permits and new construction usually take 2-3 weeks to review before a permit is ready for pick-up
COST OF PERMIT?
Many different fees apply depending upon what permit you are applying for. Please contact the Building Department for further information.
HOW MAY SETS OF PLANS ARE NEEDED WHEN REQUESTING A BUILDING PERMIT?
Three sets of plans are needed.
WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION?
The inspectors are available to review and issue permits during "COUNTER HOURS" (see above).
IS A PERMIT NEEDED FOR ROOFING, WINDOWS, SIDING?
Yes, for commercial properties. Usually no for residential, but there are exceptions. Please call the Building Department for clarification.
WHAT ARE THE DATES OF ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEETINGS?
The first Tuesday of every month. You will need to meet with Ross Moldoff, Planning Director for your paperwork. Deadline for applications is approximately 2 1/2 weeks prior to the meeting.
WHAT ARE THE SET-BACK REGULATIONS?
Check the Zoning Dimensional Table
WHAT IS THE SNOW LOAD FOR SALEM?
55lb roof snow load
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED HEIGHT FOR HAND RAILINGS?
34in to 38in
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED POOL HEIGHT NEEDED FOR FENCE?
WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED TO RECEIVED A BUILDING PERMIT?
1. Who is the contractor doing the work?2. What work is going to be done (exactly)?3. Sketches, drawings, dimensions, plans, size, type of construction (ie 2x8, etc)?
If work is outside of the structure, what will the proposed set-backs be from lot lines?
HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR AN INSPECTION?
Call the Inspector directly. Building Inspector Mike DiBartolomeo = 890-2025, Electrical Inspector Blake Miller = 890-2027, Plumbing/Gas Inspector Sam Zannini JR = 890-2023. You will need the permit number to process your inspection request. Make sure your site is ready for inspection as a re-inspection fee will be charged to anyone who isn’t ready.
WHAT BUILDING CODES ARE USED IN THE TOWN OF SALEM?
Non Emergency (603) 893-1911
Fax: (603) 894-4861
Salem Police Department Headquarters9 Veterans Memorial ParkwaySalem, NH 03079