Permits and Licensing Center
The Town of Hamden facilitates permits and licensing primarily through the Viewpoint Online Permitting Portal. Certain applications are not yet integrated with the system and require other means of submission.
Please select your category below to learn more about the permits and licenses issued by Hamden, and to submit your application.
The Hamden Building Department facilitates permits and licenses through the Viewpoint Online Permitting Portal. Please refer to the information below, including "Required Inspections", prior to submitting an application. If you have questions regarding your permit application, contact the Building Department at 203-287-7160.
Click your desired permit application to begin.
|Building Permits||Including but not limited to permits for additions, alterations, roofs, decks, siding, replacement doors/windows, pools, solar, signs and tents.|
|Electrical Permits||Including low voltage, fire alarm system work (solar use Building Permit only)|
|Plumbing Permits||Including Fire Sprinklers|
|Heating & Mechanical Permits||Including HVAC, Piping, Hoods/Ducts, Fire Suppression Systems|
|Demolition Permit||Required to completely demolish a structure|
|Chimney Liner||Required permit for chimney lining|
A building permit costs $24.26 for the first $1,000 of construction cost and $24.26 for each $1,000 of construction costs thereafter.
Certificate of occupancy\completion: $36.00
Electrical Permits (Solar) : $4.50 pkw
For Commercial and Residential plan reviews, please call 203-287-7160
Commercial construction projects (all buildings except detached 1 or 2 family homes) require Fire Marshal Plan review, approval and inspections. Fire Marshal Plan Review fee (including site inspections) is $55 for the first $10,000 of construction cost and $5 for each $1000 of construction costs thereafter. Fire Marshal Plan Review and associated fees are integrated in the relevant Building Permit application.
Before applying for a building permit, make sure you have (if needed):
- Planning and Zoning Approval
- Quinnipiack Valley Health District Approval (QVHD Website)
- GNHWPCA Approval (GNHWPCA Website)
- Commercial Projects: 2 sets of plans need to be submitted: One each to Building and Fire Marshal
- Residential Projects: 1 set of plans needs to be submitted to Building. Small projects can upload plans with the appropriate application.
After receiving your permit:
ALL INSPECTIONS MUST BE SCHEDULED BY CALLING THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT AT 203-287-7160.
INSPECTION REQUESTS CAN NOT BE REQUESTED VIA THE ONLINE PORTAL OR BY EMAIL.
Contractors requesting inspections shall give the inspectors a minimum of 24 hours notice of their needs.
|Edward Diamond||ABO ||203-287-7158|
|Seon Haynes||ABO ||203-287-7151|
|Kelly Kearney||Clerk Typist||203-287-7160|
The Hamden Fire Marshal facilitates permits and licenses through the Viewpoint Online Permitting Portal. Please refer to the information below prior to submitting an application. If you have questions regarding your permit application, contact the Fire Marshal at 203-407-5880.
To apply for Fire Alarm Permits, Sprinkler Permits, Hoods/Ducts with Suppression Systems visit the Building Department and apply for the relevant permit there. Fire Marshal Review is integrated with those permit applications:
- Fire Alarm System: Apply for an Electrical Permit and check Fire Alarm under Work to be Performed section of application
- Sprinkler System: Apply for a Plumbing Permit and check Fire Sprinkler under Work to be Performed section of application
- Hoods/Ducts & Suppression Systems: Apply for a Mechanical Permit and check appropriate box under Work to be Performed section of application
- Tents: Apply for a Building Permit and check Tent - temporary under Type of Work section of application
Fire Marshal Plan Review fee is $55 for the first $10,000 of construction cost and $5 for each $1000 of construction costs thereafter. Fire Marshal review fee and inspections for tents is $30 per tent.
|Underground / Aboveground Storage Tank Installation or Removal Permit - Use this application if you intend to alter, clean, repair, line with a protective coating, remove, abandon, place temporarily out of service, or otherwise dispose of a flammable or combustible liquid tank. Permit Fee: $50 per tank on residential property / $100 per tank on commercial property.|
|Use this application to request records from the Fire Department and/or Fire Marshal.|
FM Operations and Materials Permit
|To maintain, store, use, or handle materials; to conduct processes that could produce conditions hazardous to life or property; or to install equipment used in connection with such activities.|
FM Operating Permit
|Use this application to request inspections of buildings for licensing requirements. Permit Fees vary from $40-$80 depending on occupancy type.|
The Engineering Department administers the road opening permits for excavations in the roadways as well as sidewalk and driveway apron repairs. To register a concern about the conditions of the sidewalks or roads, please Report an Issue on SeeClickFix.
The Hamden Engineering Department facilitates permits and licenses through the Viewpoint Online Permitting Portal. Please refer to the following information before submitting your application. If you have any questions about the permitting process, please contact the Engineering Department at 203-287-7040.
|Application Example (PDF)|
|Contractor Bond - Sidewalks (PDF)|
|Contractor Bond - Excavation (PDF)|
|Insurance Requirements - Sidewalks (PDF)|
|Insurance Requirements - Excavation (PDF)|
Legislative Council approved fee changes for 2023 below is a summary of these fees.
Sidewalk Permits - covers work associated with driveway aprons, curbs and sidewalks in the town’s right of way.
- All sidewalk contractors must obtain a Hamden Sidewalk License issued by the Engineering Department (apply in person)
- $350.00 one-time fee.
- Valid for one calendar year.
- Sidewalk permit fee: $100.00
Excavation Permits covers all operations that will require excavation within the Town’s right of way, backfilling and restoration.
- Excavation Permit fee: $195.00 up to 200 Sq. Ft. or $250 per 500 Sq. Ft. or portion thereof for long trenches
- Permanent Patch Fee: $1000 + $11.00 per Sq. Ft for Local Roads and $15.00 per Sq. Ft. for Collector or Arterial Roads.
- To determine sq. ft. the following formula is to be used:
(Length of cut) x (Width of cut) = Sq. Ft.
Larger excavations may require additional fees at the discretion of the Town Engineer.
GIS Data Requests, and copies
|Photo Copy||$0.50 per page|
8.5” x 11”
11” x 17”
24” x 36”
GIS SHAPEFILE, GEODATABASE, OR OTHER DIGITAL DATA (TOWN WIDE)
Applications for a Zoning Permit can be submitted through the Viewpoint Online Permitting Portal.
Zoning Permit are required for the following:
Signage & Other
|One Family Dwelling |
|Continuation of Use||4 Square Feet or Less|
|Two Family Dwelling |
|Change of Use||Between 4 Square Feet and 16 Square Feet|
|Three Family Dwelling |
|Greater than 16 Square Feet|
|Accessory Dwelling Unit||Mixed Use |
|Refacing Existing Signs|
In addition to being one of the central resource directories of the Town, the Office of the Town Clerk is also the permitting body for various types of civil permits and licenses. Many licenses require the applicant to review information, and as such, are categorized below.
To begin the application process, view your desired license/information request below and follow the instructions listed on the application/submission page.