City Hall - Brewer, Maine

Permits

It is the goal of Brewer Code Enforcement to help Brewer homeowners and businesses understand and to meet the City of Brewer Land Use Code requirements with the least possible inconvenience to the owner. We have the following permit applications online to print.  Permits are only issued when the applications are approved and required before the work is started:

Residential/Commercial Building & Pool Permit Applications –  this is required and reviewed by Code Enforcement for any new structure, expansion of an existing structure, structural repair or alteration, removing or adding a wall(s), changing window or door sizes, fence installation, decks, building demolition, or moving a building.

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/BuildingOrDemo-Permit-Application-Res-1.pdf

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/BuildingOrDemo-Permit-Application-Commercial-1.pdf

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Pool-Permit-Application.pdf

Commercial/Residential Certificate of Occupancy & Home Occupation Permit Applications –  this is required and reviewed by Code Enforcement to accompany your building permit application for any new structure, expansion of an existing structure, structural repair or alteration, removing or adding a wall(s).

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/C-of-O-Permit-Application-Commercial.doc

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/C-of-O-Permit-Application-Residential.doc

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/C-of-O-Home-Occupation-Permit.doc

Permit Review & Determination of Application for In-law Apartment –  this is required and reviewed by Code Enforcement and required to accompany your building permit application for any new structure, expansion of an existing structure, structural repair or alteration, removing or adding a wall(s).

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/In-Law-Apartment-Permit-Application.doc

Electrical Permit Application – this is required and reviewed by Code Enforcement for any new electrical wiring, new electrical equipment (except plug-in type equipment), or alteration or addition to existing equipment or wiring.

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Electrical-Permit-Application.pdf

Heating Permit Applications
– this is required and reviewed by Code Enforcement for any new or replacement oil burner, new or replacement fuel supply tank of ten gallons or more, new or replacement wood stove, or a new or replacement chimney.

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Heating-Permit-Application.pdf

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Chimney-Wood-Stove-or-Fireplace-Permit-Application.doc

Internal/External Plumbing & Sewer Replacement Tank Permit Applications – this is required and reviewed by Code Enforcement for any new or replacement water distribution or drainage pipes, new or replacement hot water storage tank heater, relocation of pipes, valves, fixtures and drains, or new or replacement or alteration of subsurface wastewater disposal system or connection of new structure or expanding existing structure.

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Plumbing-Permit-Application.doc

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Subsurface-Wastewater-External-Plumbing-Permit-Application.pdf

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Replacement-Septic-Tank-Only-Permit-Application-1.pdf

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Building-Sewer-Permit-Application.pdf

Sign & Directional Sign Permit Applications – new, replacement or altered sign.

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Sign-Permit-Application.pdf

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Sign-Permit-Application2.pdf

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Directional-Sign-Application.doc

Street Opening Permit Application – this is processed through Code Enforcement for any digging in the street right-of-way, requiring City Engineering clearance, Dig Safe # and Certificate of Liability Insurance.

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Street-Opening-Permit-Application-1of2-Rev-111721.pdf

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Street_Opening-Permit-Application-2of2.pdf

Commercial/Residential Filling and Grading Permit Application: This is required and reviewed by Code Enforcement along with the City Engineer to inspect and approve the issue of a filling and grading permit for 200 yards of fill or less. For fill and grading requiring more than 200 yards, contact Code Enforcement directly at 207.989.7790.

https://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Commercial-Residential-Fill-Permit-Application.pdf

The homeowner of a single-family dwelling can be issued all of the above permits provided that the homeowner actually does the work. A contractor that is doing electrical, oil burner or plumbing work must be licensed for the trade, and the licensed contractor is responsible for getting the permit to complete the work.

The cost of any required permit is usually very small compared to the cost of the project, but the cost of NOT getting the necessary permits can be very large.

Inspections are made at a mutually convenient time in order to ensure compliance with safety and technical standards.

Zoning standards require property line setbacks for structures and also impose certain use restrictions depending on the zone. It is highly recommended that you check the requirements for any major project well before the work begins.

Before a new or renovated structure can be occupied, a Certificate of Occupancy is required from the Brewer Code Enforcement Office.

Building Permits
New Construction & Remodel of Existing Fee
Finished Space $0.50 per square foot
Unfinished Space $0.25 per square foot
Minimum Permit Fee $50.00
Maximum Permit Fee $25,000.00
Electrical Permits
Residential Fee
Temporary Service $40.00
Change/Upgrade of Service $50.00
Addition to Existing Wiring $40.00
New One & Two Family Dwellings $70.00
Commercial $70 minimum plus 1% of the total cost of the job
Internal Plumbing Permits
Fixture Fee   Fee
1-4 Fixtures $40.00
Each additional fixture above four $10.00
All other internal plumbing permits $10.00
Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Systems
Complete Disposal System Fee
Engineered System (includes one disposal area) $200.00
Non-engineered System $250.00
Primitive System (includes one alternative toilet) $100.00
Separate Grey Water Disposal Field $35.00
Seasonal Conversion Permit $50.00
First-time System Variance $20.00
Permits for Separate Parts of Disposal Systems Fee
Alternative Toilet (only) $50.00
Disposal Field Only $150.00
Treatment Tank Only (engineered system) $80.00
Treatment Tank Only (non-engineered system) $150.00
Holding Tank $100.00
Other System Component $30.00
Heating Permits
All Heat System Types $50.00
Miscellaneous Permits
Directional Sign $75.00
Street Opening $50.00
Certificate of Occupancy $50.00
All Other Permits $500.00