New Deck or Addition to Existing Deck
You should always start with the Building Inspection Division. Depending on the type and extent of the proposed activity you will have to visit other Town departments for their review and approval. Building Inspection will provide you with a “sign-off sheet” indicating which departments are required to review and “sign-off.”
Each applicable department will initial this “sign-off sheet” signifying their approval after they have reviewed your application. Once you obtain all the department sign-offs you will return to the Building Inspection Division to officially file your Building Permit application.
[To review each of the individual departments requirements for their review and approval, click on the department name below].
Bring the completed sign-off sheet and the following back to Building Inspection to file for the Building Permit:
Two copies of structural plans indicating, footing, columns and framing members.
Two copies of a survey indicating proposed location of the deck.
Building Inspection Division application forms as follows (click here):
Owner’s notarized signature on back of form is required if owner is not filing the permit.
Workers' Comp Affidavit signed by permit applicant.
A check or cash [exact change] is required for building permit fees. Or you can pay your building permit fees with a credit card [Visa or Master Card only]. (Click here for a list of building permit fees)
If you have any questions, please contact the Building Inspection Division.
In order for Zoning Enforcement to sign off on the “sign-off sheet” provided by the Building Inspection Division you must provide the following items:
One (1) completed Zoning Permit Application. Click here.
Two (2) copies of design drawings or architectural plans.
Three (3) copies of a survey – two (2) of which will be returned for filing with your Building Permit.
Surveys should include setbacks for existing deck,* and Green Area calculations.
Planning and Zoning approval is required if your property is located within the Coastal Overlay Zone. Click here to see if your property is located within the COZ.
*If the existing deck has one or more nonconforming setbacks the applicant may be required information to determine the legality of the non-conformity.
Once the information is reviewed for zoning compliance you will be issued a Zoning Permit and a set of stamped plans and surveys will be returned to along with your signed Building Inspection Division’s “sign-off sheet."
A check or cash [exact change] is required for zoning permit fees. Or you can pay your zoning permit fees with a credit card. (Click here for a list of zoning permit fees.)
If you have any questions, please contact the Zoning Enforcement Office. Depending on the complexity of your project and whether or not you have met all of the zoning requirements, it can take several days or weeks to get a zoning permit.
Decks in the Coastal Overlay Zone
To learn if you are in the Coastal Overlay Zone, check this map.
If you are within the Coastal Overlay Zone, in order for Planning and Zoning to provide you with a Zoning Permit Sign-off you must first submit an Administrative Site Plan Application to Planning & Zoning. This step is needed before the Zoning Permit office can sign the “sign-off sheet” provided by the Building Inspection Division. The information needed for submission can be found in the application.
Surveys should include setbacks for pools/spas, patios, proposed equipment, and Green Area calculations.
The application can take between 3 and 6 weeks to process. Once the application is approved you will be contacted to pick-up the “Sign-off memo," stamped plans and surveys.
If you have any questions, please contact the Zoning Enforcement office.
In order for us to sign off on the Building Department sign-off sheet, please see below.
Residence connected to the sewer system – If the home was built prior to 1978 we will need the RRP form completed and submitted with the contractor’s certificate.
Residence served by a septic system – If the home was built prior to 1978 we will need the RRP form completed and submitted with the contractor’s certificate.
Plans need to show the required setbacks from the deck to the septic system are maintained. If the Department does not have a record of the existing septic system one will need to be created by a licensed installer for our files.
The Environmental Services Office is located in the Health Department on the 3rd Floor of Town Hall
Public Counter Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
By Appointment: Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact the Health Department.
In order for the IWWA staff to review your project to make a permit need determination, we will need a site plan depicting the proposed work. This should include the location of the new footings, if applicable.
- If there are no new footings and only the structure of the deck will be replaced, no wetland permit will be required and IWWA staff will sign off on your "sign-off sheet" and collect your completed "Green sheet."
- If new footings are required and they are more than 100 feet from wetlands and watercourses (150 feet if the property is in a public drinking water supply watershed), no permit will be required and IWWA staff will sign off on your "sign-off sheet" and collect your completed "Green sheet."
- If new footings are required and they are less than 100/150 feet from a wetland and watercourse, IWWA staff will direct you to the appropriate wetland application level. In most instances projects such as this are considered minor projects and the application is eligible for review by a staff member.
Application forms & Minor project application check list.
If you have any questions, please contact the Wetlands department.
Sewer CCTV Inspection Permit and Additional Sewer Permitting may be required. For determination, please complete the "Sewer Division Review for Building Permit Sign Off Sheet." Click Here.
This sign-off is not usually required for this type of activity.
Note: All departments accept credit card payments for permit fees.