Planning and Zoning


Frequently Asked Questions


A: There are several advantages to doing home improvement projects with a building permit. When you apply for a permit, you can be assured that your construction drawings will be thoroughly reviewed and that each phase of the project will be inspected to ensure the work is completed in compliance with locally adopted building codes. Additionally, the plans examiner and field inspector can be a resource to provide technical guidance on your project.    Furthermore, there are legal and financial liabilities that you may face when you don’t get a building permit. Work without a permit is illegal and can pose serious complications for you when you try to sell your house. Any fire and homeowners insurance you have may be invalidated if you do work without a permit. If there is a fire in your home, the insurance company can use the illegal work as an excuse not to pay your claim.


A: Below is a list of projects that typically require a building permit:  

New buildings (including agricultural buildings)



Patio covers and carports

Storage sheds or accessory buildings over 100 square feet


Fences over 6 feet in height

Pools over 5000 gallons, hot tubs and spas

Room additions

Patio enclosures and screened porches

Attached and detached garages and carports

Air Conditioners

Furnace installations or replacement

Solar panels

Gas piping over 10 feet in length


Boiler installation or replacement

Gas log installations or replacement

Water heater installation or replacement

Any type of renovation:

1. Basement finish 2. Kitchen remodeling 3. Electrical modifications 4. Plumbing modifications 5. Structural modifications · Doors and windows (if change dimensions or type) · Walls (new, replacement or removal)


A: INSPECTIONS:    Inspections are made at various stages of the building project to assure compliance with adopted building and fire codes. If discrepancies are found by the inspector(s), they are noted on an inspection correction form and left on the job site. Upon making the necessary corrections, a follow up inspection will be required to document compliance has been accomplished.   List of Inspection Requirements:  

Setbacks (property lines must be identified)


Construction meter

Rebar (forms must be set and steel in place)


Perimeter Drain

Electrical Groundwork (call before covering conduit or cable in trench)

Plumbing Groundwork (call before pouring slab or backfill)

Electrical Rough-in (call when all boxes, wires, staples and panels are in place)

Plumbing Rough-in (call when all rough plumbing is complete including traps, etc.)

Mechanical Rough-in (call when all rough ductwork vents and flues are in place)

Above-ceiling Mechanical (call when ceiling grid is in place but before ceiling tiles are in)

Above-ceiling Electrical (call when ceiling grid is in place but before ceiling tiles are in)

Gas Pressure Test (call when gas piping is complete and under a 10PSI test for 15 minutes)

Rough Frame (call when all of the above inspections are complete, when all framing is complete and building is dried in with shingles and windows installed)

Permanent Meter

Structural Floor


Drywall (not applicable for all towns) for fire rated construction, (call when drywall is installed but not taped.

Sewer Service (not applicable for all towns)

Water Service (not applicable for all towns)  

Final Inspections (call only when unit is ready for occupancy and every item is complete inside and out.)  Final Plumbing

Final Electrical

Final Mechanical

Final Building   

Note: Rough-in framing and final building will not be signed off until the plumbing, electrical, and heating work has been approved.   Specialized Inspections:  Re-roof

Air Conditioning


Water Heater

Final Fire Department  



A: Inspections are scheduled by contacting SAFEbuilt inc at 970-674-1036 or 1-866-671-1036.   

1. Inspections must be called in before 7:30 a.m. to receive a same day inspection. Requests received after 7:30 a.m. will be schedule for the next working day.

2. To schedule an inspection, please leave the following information:

3. Permit Number

4. Job Site Address

5. Type of Inspection Needed

6. Concrete Pour Time, if applicable

7. Phone Number, if applicable

8. Date of Inspection

9. The building permit card must be posted on the job site at the time of the inspection.

10. Approved stamped plans must be on the job site for all inspections.

11. Including foundation and truss designs.

12. Work shall not proceed until the inspector has approved the inspection by signing the building permit card.

13. Unauthorized covered construction may result in material removal, or require that an engineer write a letter stating that the work was performed in compliance with the adopted building codes.

14. Permits become null and void if the authorized work is not ready for the first inspection within 180 days of the issue date shown on the permit.

15. Permits become null and void if more than 180 days elapses between inspections or if work substantially ceases on a project.

16. All concrete reinforcing steel must be in place before an inspection is made.

17. Lot corners must be clearly staked for setback inspections.

18. Failure to request final inspections and meet all applicable conditions will prohibit the issuance of a C.O.

   A re-inspection fee may be assessed when inspections are requested prior to the work being ready, if the permit card is not posted, if the approved plans are not available on the job site, or when access is not provided for the inspector. No further inspections will be made until the re-inspection fee is paid.



1. Applicant must write a letter addressed to the Planning Commission explaining in detail building plans. Include your name, address and telephone number.

2. Submit 2 sets of plans. Plans should include one drawing of the new construction, and one drawing with the existing buildings/rooms; show all easements and setbacks (when required). Provide square feet information for floor plan for residential addition, basement, 1st and 2nd story, garage, carport, deck, porch, and crawlspace. Describe in detail the proposed use of the structure.

3.Applicant must submit a completed form for sign off of all underground easement locates to the Town Hall.(When applicable.)

4. All paperwork must be turned in to the Town Hall (6) days prior to the next scheduled Planning Commission meeting. (Held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.)

5. Mandatory that you attend the scheduled Planning Commission meeting.
DATE: __________________ TIME: _________ P.M.

If the applicant fails to appear, the Planning Commission shall table the request to the next regular scheduled planning commission meeting.

6. If a variance is needed,attend the scheduled Town Board meeting (Held as needed).