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Building and Land Use Department


Building Inspector
Dick McManus

Consulting Town Planner
Robin Newton

Deputy Zoning Enforcement Officer (Enforcement Actions)
Joseph Carta

Administrative Coordinator
Jennifer Perry 

Department Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30AM - 3:00 PM
Building Inspector Hours:  Monday-Thursday  7:30AM - 12:30PM
Phone: 860.349.8253 


Building and Zoning Permits Now Online

The Town of Durham is excited to announce the launch of a new online permitting system. The introduction of the Permit Link system to request building and zoning permits online minimizes the need for residents and contractors to visit Town Hall.

The permitting system is open to everyone and is easily found following the link HERE


Permit Requirements

Accurate plans of what you plan to build.

A plan view (overhead) and an elevation (cross-section) of structure. It must be accurate and self explanatory. We prefer scale drawings but non-scale and well dimensioned will be accepted. Size of lumber and spans must be identified. Beams & headers must be identified for size and span as well.

A plot plan of the property showing the location of the proposed building, the septic system and well location

For additions that affect the number of bedrooms in a house or change the footprint of the existing house, the health department must review proposal first.

A "model energy code" calculation is required for homes and additions. (Contact the building official for further details)

Braced wall details.

Your contractors name, license number and certificate of worker's comp insurance if applicable.


Inspection, Guidelines and Construction Information 

Residential Roof Tape Requirement

Required inspections for homes and additions

Common residential code problems

Guidelines for residential swimming pools, spas and hot tubs

Residential Deck Construction Information

Swimming Pools

Residential Energy Code

Durham Fair Permit

Durham Fair Event Permit