The function of the Building Department is to enforce the State Basic Building Codes, local Codes, ordinances and regulations. We review plans for construction work prior to issuing Building Permits, make on-site inspections during building construction or alteration, including electrical, plumbing, piping, swimming pool, shed, oil tank, gas piping, roofing, siding, replacement windows, etc. We also inspect potentially hazardous buildings subject to condemnation, investigate complaints or suspected building violations, and assist in follow-up legal proceeding, which may include acting as a witness in court proceedings.
Buildings, Numbering of: Section 44-6 of The Town of Bethel Code. In order to comply with this chapter, house numbers shall be in Arabic design, shall have a minimum height of three inches and shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the building's front wall or to a porch or other fixed appurtenance in front of the building in the general vicinity of the main entryway or main path of travel which leads to the main entrance from a public street or shall be otherwise separately mounted in an approved manner upon the face of a wall or upon a post in the front yard of the premises. Auxiliary numbers shall be mounted at a height between four feet and 10 feet upon the adjacent grade or exterior landing beneath, but never higher than 15 feet above the adjoining grade. They shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing, size and uniformity of integers to that the numbers may be read with ease during daylight hours by a person possessing at least 20/40 vision if he views the numbers from the center line of the abutting street. The numbers shall be so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the center of the street to any appreciable degree.
Please note: Before the Building Department can perform any inspection as the result of the issuance of a building permit, the house number must be present on the house. In the case of a new house, the house number...not the lot number...must be placed on a sign on the property.
The Building Department is working on providing online permitting for contractors and homeowners. The online permits are going to be for Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, and General Carpentry not requiring Health, Zoning and Department of Public works, approvals. It is the intent of the building department to expand the online permitting to all permits in the future. The online portal is located in the upper right section of the webpage and is currently under construction. In the next couple months we hope to have portal fully functional.
Building Official: Christopher Baldwin
Assistant Building Official: Joseph P. Fallo
Office Technician: Jolene Drukker
Phone: (203) 794-8517; 794-8589
Fax: (203) 778-7518
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm