Building Department

(Effective 3/23/20) Residential and Commercial Permits and Inspection

Due to the COVID-19 preventive measures implemented, which includes the closure of the Municipal Center to the public, the permitting process has changed until further notice.

To request a residential or commercial inspection please call 203-794-8589 or email explaining your project, and provide address, permit # and time and date you are requesting. Staff will review the request and follow up with you and other relevant departments via email with next steps related to your inspection/permit or other request.

Application forms can be downloaded at the town website here

No inspections will be conducted in a home that is currently occupied such as a kitchen or bathroom remodel. If you have questions or if an inspection is of an urgent nature please contact Christopher Baldwin at DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE.

Please continue to check the Town of Bethel Building Department website here for permit applications and other resources and updates.

Staff will be responding to email and telephone calls to address any questions or special circumstances.

In addition a new drop off box will be installed by the end of the week in front of the Municipal Center to submit your permit application, for one and two family residential application the building department will need two copies of all drawings and specifications along with the application. We will contact you regarding payment. It will require you mail us a check.

The Building Department files are available for real-estate closings and refinancing only and should be handled by a title searcher or attorney only. If you have any question please contact the building department at 203-794-8589.


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.

Online Permitting

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.


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Contact Information

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 - Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM