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Permits - Frequently Asked Questions
If I am renovating an existing structure do I need a permit?
Yes! If the work is structural (not painting, paper, new carpeting, etc.)

If I am replacing all or a portion of an existing structure, do I need a permit?
Yes, the work is considered structural.

Do “temporary” buildings or buildings without a foundation require a permit?
All structures require a permit even if they are “temporary” use (winter shelter, etc.) or are constructed in a “temporary” manner (no foundation, etc.)

Can I do my own plumbing, new or repair/replacement, and do I need a permit?
A permit is required. By State law a property owner or the property owner’s agent may install, repair, or replace plumbing in the property owner’s own single family home. All work must still comply with applicable plumbing codes. A separate
Plumbing Permit can be obtained for plumbing-only project. There is no fee for this type of permit.

Can I do my own electrical, new or repair/replacement, and do I need a permit?
A permit is required. By State law a homeowner may make electrical installations in or about a single-family residence occupied by him/her or to be occupied by him/her as his or her bona fide personal abode (not a multi-family home). All work must still comply with applicable electrical codes. A separate Electrical Permit can be obtained for an electric-only project. There is no fee for this type of
permit.

If I am increasing or decreasing the size of an existing structure, porch, deck, etc. do I need a permit?
Yes.

Do I need a permit for a “prefab” shed, gazebo, or other structure, which is delivered to my property and not built on site?
Yes.

Do I need a permit for a tarp or canvas covered structure?
Yes. These are considered “membrane structures” and do require a permit in the same manner as all other structures.

Do I need a permit for an in-ground or above-ground pool?
Yes, both in-ground and above-ground pools require a permit.

Do I need a permit for a fence?
Yes. Fences require a permit and are not required to meet minimum setback requirements. (Note: If the property borders a State of NH Controlled Right-of- Way then permission must be obtained from the NH Department of Transportation) If the fence is 6’ or taller it is considered a structure and must meet the minimum setback requirements for the property zone.

Do I need a permit for a new or renovated sign?
Yes. All sign types are regulated. Permits are necessary to erect a sign, change the face, size, or location of a sign, or to add or change the lighting for a sign. Click here for Sign Permit applications or you may pick one up at the Town Hall Main Office.

Do I need a permit for a Home Occupation?
Home Occupations require review by the Code Compliance Officer. Pleasecontact The Main Office at the Gorham Town Hall for an appointment. 466-3322

Is a permit necessary for the “Change of Use” of a structure or property?
Yes. A permit is required to change the use of a property:
  • to/from a dwelling
  • by increasing/decreasing the number of dwelling units
  • from a residential use to a non-residential use
  • from one non-residential use to another

 
Town of Gorham, New Hampshire
20 Park Street, Gorham NH 03581 (603) 466-3322