Building Department

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.

By order to the State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety, commencing on July 1, 2010, as required by Connecticut General Statutes Section 29-263, the Code Training and Education Fee shall be increased to .26 cents per $1,000 of construction value on each Building Department permit application.

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.

Food preparation facilities had until July 1, 2011 to comply with the requirements of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to prevent the discharge of fats, oils, and greases (FOG) into sanitary sewer systems. However, newly constructed facilities, facilities that renovate, and facilities that are sold must enter into compliance as part of that process. Food preparation facilities are required to install either of two methods designed to significantly control FOG at its source. The first method is the installation of a passive 1,000 gallon minimum grease interceptor outside the facility. The second method is an automatic grease interceptor unit installed inside the facility. Either method results in the capture of the FOG before it enters the sewer system. The captured FOG is then taken to regional disposal sites where it can be further treated and potentially consumed as a fuel source in regional sewage sludge incinerators. Dependant upon classification by the Bethel Health Department, a permit is required to be obtained through the Bethel Building Department.

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.

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Contact Information

Building Official: Gary Boughton
Assistant Building Official: Joseph P. Fallo
Office Technician: Kathy Galbis

Phone: (203) 794-8517; 794-8589
Fax: (203) 778-7518

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm