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Barrier-Free Construction Permits

As of January 1, 1991, the Office of State Fire Marshal is authorized by the Maine Human Rights Commission to conduct mandatory and voluntary plan reviews and issue Barrier-Free permits for places of public accommodation and/or places of employment.

New Construction* projects. As of January 1, 1996 regardless of cost or size, the following occupancies require a Barrier-Free permit and design professional:

  • Educational
  • Health Care, residential care , nursing home, or any facility licensed by DHHS
  • Places of Assembly
  • Mercantile
  • Hotel, Motel, and Dormitory
  • Lodging and Rooming
  • Business

* A renovation project is considered to be new construction by the Maine Human Rights Act, if the alteration affects at least 80% of the area of the building.

A Design Professional, licensed with the State of Maine, is required on projects over $50,000 to certify compliance with state and federal accessibility laws. (This applies whether the project is new construction or an alteration).

Renovation projects (A Barrier-Free permit may be obtained on a voluntary basis).

All projects applying for a Barrier-Free Permit are also required to apply for a Construction Permit.

A Barrier-Free permit is issued in conjunction with a construction permit. These state permits are in addition to any local permits that may be required.

For more information please contact Licensing and Inspection at 207-626-3880.