The Building and Trade Inspection Division is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Connecticut State Building Code. We inspect new construction and existing building renovations, installation, quality of materials, location, operation and maintenance or the use of equipment and systems. Our staff are dedicated to ensuring the health and public safety of the citizens in the City of Hartford. Inspections can be scheduled by contacting the following officials:
Before beginning the building permit application process, download the Building Permit Application form, and read the Building Permit Application Instructions and Permit Requirements for various types of construction.
1. Applicant must appear at Licenses and Inspections to apply for a building permit. The applicant can be the building owner or his agent. Permit fees indicated from the permit fee schedule must be paid at the time of application. Effective April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013 permit fees will be $22.26 per thousand.
2. Applicant must submit two sets minimum of plans drawn to scale, signed and sealed by a registered design professional, when required, including the site plan where necessary. Submit one set of plans for the Fire Marshall when necessary, and obtain approved floor plans for food establishments as applicable, from the Health Department.
1. When is a building permit required?
An application must be submitted to the Licenses and Inspections Division for the following activities, and shall not commence without a permit being issued in accordance with Section 105.
a) Construct or alter a structure
b) Construct an addition
c) Demolish or move a structure
d) Make a change of occupancy
e) Install or alter any equipment which is regulated by State Building Code
The building permit must be prominently posted at the job site.
There are 12 parts to completing the new building permit application. Not all will be applicable to you but you should be aware of their presence on the form and why:
On the reverse side of all permit applications is the required State of Connecticut Worker’s Compensation Commission affidavit for property owners and sole proprietors (Conn. Gen. Stat. 31-286b).
If you have already submitted insurance information to the office of Licenses and Inspections, there is a box labeled “On file” that should be checked and no other information is required on this side of the application. Do not check that box if your insurance has lapsed or if you have not notified the office of renewal.
Below that “On file” box is a line for your insurance expiration date. Again, if you have up-to-date credentials in the office, there is no need to write anything here.
Indicate the location of the Property where the work will take place.
The work will be in Hartford.
Indicate the name of the Applicant who signed on the front of the application.
You will be asked to check one of two lines. The first line will ask if you are the Property Owner and the second line is asking if you are the sole proprietor of the company retained to do the work.
Indicate the Name of your business and your Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN).
If you checked that you are the Owner of the property, proceed to line 1, under Pursuant to 31-286b, where it indicates that you will NOT act as a general contractor and check it and sign your name and stop.
If you checked sole proprietor, proceed to line 2, under Pursuant to 31-286b, where it indicates that you WILL act as a general contractor and check it and proceed to “Affidavit” and sign where it says “Signature of applicant” and stop.
Notice that this information can be completed prior to visiting the office if it is notarized in the designated area at the bottom of the form.
Office of Licenses and Inspections
260 Constitution Plaza
Hartford CT, 06103
Tel (860) 757-9200
Fax (860) 722-6374
Office Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm