ADDITIONS & NEW BUILDINGS. To secure a building permit, the applicant must submit plans, stamped/certified by a licensed professional engineer or architect, and three (3) copies of a property survey. Electrical and plumbing permits may be required as well. Commercial additions and new buildings require prior site plan approval.
DRIVEWAYS. A permit is required for a driveway. A copy of a survey is required. All driveways must be properly pitched so as not to drain onto the adjacent property.
FENCES. You must obtain a fence permit in all instances, whether it be a new installation or a replacement installation. In order to complete the permit, you will need to provide information pertaining to the location, height and material of the fence. Three (3) copies of your survey print must accompany the permit application. Please note that fences located between houses cannot be located closer than 3 feet from the neighboring house.
GARAGES. A building permit is required, as well as Three (3) copies of the property survey, indicating the size and location of the garage. Detached garages must be located no closer than 3 feet from the side and rear property lines or closer than 6 feet from any other building on the lot. Detached garages cannot exceed 660 square feet or an average height of 12 feet.
RATS. If you see a rat, please call the building department as soon as possible. You can help your neighborhood stay rat-free by following some simple steps (click here).
ROOFS. All re-roofing requires a permit. No more than two (2) layers of roofing can be installed on any roof.
SHEDS. Permits are required for all sheds and utility buildings, as well as a survey indicating the location and size of the shed. Please note that sheds must be located in the rear yard and cannot be closer than 5 feet from any other building or structure on the lot (house, garage, etc.) In addition, must be located within 1 ½ feet from the side and rear property lines.
SMOKE DETECTORS & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS. These detectors must be installed whenever a permit is issued for interior work to a structure. Smoke detectors are required on each floor level, each bedroom and in the common hallway to the bedrooms. Carbon Monoxide detectors are required on any level where there is a sleeping area.
SWIMMING POOLS. Both a building permit and electrical permit are required for the installation of both above- and in-ground pools, as well as for spas and hot tubs. Please note that before any action can be taken by the Building Department, the owner must have the pool location staked and contact National Grid (1-800-644-6729) to approve the location. National Grid will issue a letter of approval, which must be delivered to Building Department along with the permit.
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS. Whenever a Building permit application is denied by the Building Inspector due to restrictions found in the Kenmore Municipal Code Zoning section, the applicant may appeal this determination and apply for hearing before the Kenmore ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS. The application fee that accompanies the request for a hearing is $50.00 for residential properties and $100.00 for commercial properties