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About Construction Permits
No property owner, agent, or representative of the owner may construct, alter, or change the use of any structure to become a public building without first obtaining a permit from the Commissioner of Public Safety. A request for a permit shall be accompanied by a true copy, (an accurate representation by dimensioned plans and specifications of the final construction documents), of the plans and specifications for that construction, reconstruction, or change of use. The Commissioner shall issue a permit only if the plans comply with statutes and lawful regulations promulgated to reduce fire hazards.
The term "public building" shall include any building or structure constructed, operated or maintained for use by the general public, which shall include, but not be limited to, all buildings or portions of buildings used for a schoolhouse, hospital, convalescent home, nursing or boarding home to be licensed by the Department of Human Services, Division of Licensing and Certification; theater or other place of public assembly, mercantile occupancy over 3,000 square feet, hotel, motel, or business occupancy of two or more stories or any building to be state owned or operated.
State of Maine Laws for the Fire Service may be referenced at Fire Service Laws
Construction Permits are required for public buildings, whether it is new construction, renovation work affecting fire safety elements, or change of use. The construction permit will be required regardless of the project cost. The list of "public buildings" below is not all-inclusive. Please call (207) 626-3880 if you are not certain whether or not your project will require a construction permit from the State.
For more information please contact Licensing and Inspections at 207-626-3880.
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