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Town of Swanzey, NH
Covered Bridge Capital of New Hampshire

Building Permit General Information and Application Forms

For answers to questions regarding the building permit application process or requirements, please contact the Code Enforcement Officer at 352-7411 x 105 or by email at

What requires a building permit?

  • New construction, including additions, remodeling and repairs; any structural changes to interior or exterior.  
  • Construction of any detached structures over 200 s.f. with single floor. (150 s.f. for commercial structures)
  • Change of occupancy of any structure or part thereof.
  • Demolition of any detached structure or part thereof over 200 s.f. (150 s.f. for commercial structures)
  • New or replacement or addition to any heating, air conditioning, plumbing or electrical system.


What does not require a building permit?

  • Minor, non-structural repairs.
  • Re-siding, re-roofing.
  • Gutters, drainpipes, and fences under 72 inches and retaining walls under 4 feet.
  • Sidewalks and driveways (a driveway does require a driveway permit from the Director of Public Works).
  • Cabinets, counter-tops, floor coverings, paint & paper.
  • Pools less then 24 inches deep.
  • Playground equipment.
  • Decks not exceeding 200 s.f. in area, that are not more than 30 inches above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve an exit door.

If you’re not sure whether a permit is necessary, please contact the Code Enforcement Officer.


State building code separates the application process into residential and non-residential uses. Please submit the appropriate information on the application form.



Attached Document or FileBuilding Permit Application  
Attached Document or Filebuilding_permit_checklist.pdf  
Attached Document or FileSite Plan Form  
Attached Document or FileBuilding Permit Fee Schedule Adopted June 2009  
Attached Document or FileOil Burner Permit Application  

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