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The Town of Kennebunk adheres to and enforces the following:
State of Maine Uniform Building & Energy Codes, which include:
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A building permit is required for the construction or alteration of any building or structure such as:
A building permit is also required for:
Additional permits may be required for properties located in the Historic Preservation, Shoreland and/or Resource Protection Zoning Districts. The Code Enforcement Officer shall not act upon any application for building permit until all other permits which may be required by the Zoning Ordinance, and other local ordinances, or under State or Federal law regulations have been received.
All building permit applications shall include:
1. A plan drawn to scale including:
2. A statement of the intended use of any buildings and the lot even in event of demolition;
3. Septic design for a wastewater disposal system or statement of Sewer District connection approval
Once your permit has been received it has been deemed complete, it will be reviewed by a Code Enforcement Officer. If there are any questions about your permit application, or if additional information is needed, you will be contacted using the contact information provided on your permit application.
The Code Enforcement Officer will approve or deny applications for building permit within thirty (30) days from the date of filing a complete application. Current turnaround time for permit issuance is approximately 2-3 weeks.
Once your permit has been approved, you will be notified that your permit is ready to be picked up as well as the cost for the permit.
If you have additional, specific questions for a Code Enforcement Officer please contact our office to schedule a phone call or a meeting at (207) 604-1303 or via email.
A building permit issued shall become invalid if the authorized work is not commenced within six (6) months after the issuance of the permit, or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of six (6) months after the time of commencing the work. A building permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
Yes, a building permit is required for sheds. In addition, if the shed is larger than 200 sq. ft., plans must be submitted with the building permit application.
The clear space between handrail and the adjacent wall or surface shall not be less than 1½”.
All stairway handrails shall have a circular cross section with an outside diameter of at least 1 ¼” and not greater than 2”.
All handrails should return back to support posts or a wall to avoid snagging clothing.
1) Any other shape with a perimeter dimension of at least 4” but not greater than 6¼” with the largest cross-sectional dimension not exceeding 2¼”2) Approved rails of equivalent grasp ability. In one and two-family dwellings handrail should have a minimum and maximum heights between 34” and 38”, respectively, in all other uses, 36”. Handrail heights should be measured vertically above the nosing of the treads or above the finished floor of the landing or walking surfaces. In residential use, if a handrail is used also as a guardrail, it should be a minimum of 34” measured vertically above the nosing. Except for stairways within a dwelling unit, handrails shall extend at least 12” beyond the top riser and at least 12” plus depth of one tread beyond the bottom riser. At the top the handrail shall be parallel to the walking surface, at the bottom the handrail shall continue to slope for a distance of the depth of one tread from the bottom riser, with the remainder parallel to the walking surface.
Residential Use: If handrail is used as guardrail, no opposite guardrail used as handrail minimum 36".
All egress or rescue windows from sleeping rooms must have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 sq. ft. The minimum net clear opening height dimension shall be 24”. The minimum net clear opening width dimension shall be 20”.
To calculate the square footage of the opening, multiply the width of the opening in inches by the height of the opening in inches and dividing by 144. This measurement should be 5.7 minimum.
In commercial uses, maximum riser height is 7” and minimum tread depth is 11”.
There shall not be a variation exceeding 3/16” in the depth of adjacent treads or in height of adjacent risers. The tolerance between the largest and the smallest riser or the largest and smallest tread shall not exceed 3/8” in any flight of stairs.
The minimum headroom in all parts of a stairway shall not be less than 6’ 8” measured vertically from the tread nosing or from the floor surface of the landing or platform.
For winders, spiral, circular, and other types of stairs - call for requirements.
Stairway width and landing width for one and two family dwellings shall not be less than 3’.
Residential: In one and two-family dwelling, guardrails shall not be less than 36” in height for porches, balconies, or raised floor surfaces, and open sides of stairs 34” minimum measured vertically from the nosing of the treads. If guardrails are also going to be used as handrails, see handrail section.
Commercial: In most other uses, guardrails should be at least 42” in height measured vertically above the leading edge of the tread or adjacent walking surface.
Open guards shall have balusters or other construction such that a sphere with a diameter of 4” cannot pass through any opening.
Exception: The triangular openings formed by the riser, tread at the bottom rail at the open side of a stairway shall be of a maximum size such that a sphere 6” in diameter cannot pass through the opening.
Handrails must be installed at least one side of each continous run of treads or flight with 4 or more risers. Also installed at between 34"-38" in height.