The New Haven Building Department is led by Building Inspector Lee Riegel and supported by the city administrative staff. Lee Riegel can be reached directly by calling his cell phone: 573-694-3097. People can also leave messages for the Building Inspector by calling the City Hall line.
The Building Permit Fee table can be found here.
Do I need a building permit?
One of the most frequently asked questions of the Building Department is whether or not a citizen will need a building permit for construction work. The following rule of thumb applies in most cases: If you are building something new, adding on to an existing structure or replacing an existing structure, or moving an existing structure or service, (like a water line) then you usually need a building permit. If you are merely repairing a structure (like a roof, or a porch), then you probably won’t need a permit.
Examples of new construction that require building permits include the following: Decks, porches, fences, swimming pools and basement remodels. Signs also require a permit. (Note: If your project is not listed here, it still may require a permit. Please contact the Building Inspector to be sure.)
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