Hours: Monday through Friday 9AM - 4PM
In light of guidance issued today 3/17 from the State Building Inspector:
The current Building Department inspection policy is as follows:
We are performing essential inspections only, and these are limited to new construction and exterior inspections.
All parties on site must agree to practice 10 foot social distancing during inspection.
No interior inspections, video or photographic evidence of code compliance will be considered on a case by case basis.
The Building Official must be certified by the State of Connecticut. The Building Official administers the town's building inspection program, adhering to and enforcing all code requirements of the State of Connecticut relating to building construction. Additional responsibilities include administering and enforcing all related state codes for the safety, health and welfare of persons and properties in town, supervising departmental policies and procedures and providing technical assistance to town officials.
For the convenience of both property owners and contractors, the Town of Essex now employs an online permit system. Through an easy to use web portal, you may apply for a building permit, attach supporting documents and check the status of a permit.
Required fees may be paid by credit card or a check sent through the mail or left in our drop box. Before applying for a permit, you should review the Building Department web page to see what documentation is required. Be sure to scan and attach supporting documentation to your completed application and provide as much information as you can on the form as incomplete applications may be rejected. Most importantly, provide your contact information so that we may reach you with any questions we may have or advise you of additional information that may be required.